- Dec 1, 2005
In my experience, setting day goals and counting tends to increase, not detract from, my enjoyment—because as someone else noted, what it truly measures is your commitment to getting out of the house and onto the hill. The years that I've set day-count goals and made a real effort to get out more have resulted in a lot of days where the skiing was better (often substantially better) than I expected, and I was glad for the extra nudge to get out.I track everything on my Slopes app as well. Just meant that your ski stats shouldn't be what defines your season fun-wise and feeling like you have to meet a certain amount of days/vert detracts from enjoyment.
The year that I set a goal of 100 days by Easter (which was when lifts stopped turning at my home mountain), I ended up skiing a bunch in a row (I think 76 days) and got to 142 on the season. Yes, a lot of those were low-run-count days, but there were a lot of days that the streak-counting got me out the door and that was what I needed to get some decent skiing in.
I recall exactly one day that year where I was unhappy about getting out (even after I got outside); it was windy, about 35 degrees, and pouring rain.