ss20, if you were at snowbird 8 may 22 I was there too. Sorry I never got to meet you, maybe next year. Today was my last ski day (61 overall), driving east soon. Happy your year was a success. There's a lot of internet griping about Utah being too crowded, low snow year, travel costs way up. All I know is this place is nirvana for an old mid-atlantic skier such as myself!My story is pretty well known.... this was my first year in Alta as a ski instructor. This was my 8th year teaching in total, first on the West Coast and first full-time. It was so awesome to be able to finally bring my passion to the big leagues!
A lot of people would think "skiing" would be what this post is about. All the big lines. The powder days. Learning the secrets of one of skiing's most holy temples.
But anyone who's worked in this industry knows that's not what it's all about. I came to Utah knowing no one. I end this season with a locker room of friends. You work in this industry and it becomes more about the people than the skiing. I will never forget my first trip to the Peruvian bar. Or doing trivia night with friends at the GMD. Or the long rides up and down the canyon in the snow yelling/laughing at disabled vehicles, listening to podcasts, and when you're a passenger....passing the flask around. So many parties, bar visits, and good times. Skiing with other instructors after we end between 3pm and 4pm for a final lap or two on Collins. Slow days without an assignment where I can live like a tourist and explore. Getting stuck at Alta on a stormy night at the cafeteria that stayed open for the 50 or so people still stuck.... more than half of which being employees who camped out in a corner and drank pitcher after pitcher of beer. Watching the CRAZY shenanigans of Closing Day of which I said I would only spectate but I turned into a willing participant in the festivities meant for the young people!
133 days down. Over 1,000,000 vert at Alta. Going to get one more day at the Bird. A rare solo ski day for me... reflecting and thinking about this amazing season, and this amazing life. Only able to smile in wonder at what's gonna happen 6 months from now.