The snowpack is at its maximum depth, the snow stability is excellent, the days are long, the skiing is great, and… there is nobody out skiing. Not that I’m complaining, I think that it is excellent and as it should be, but I have to wonder.
About three weeks ago the Wasatch Mountains had a warm spell and people were referring to it as the end of the season. “Well it was a pretty good season, but not great.” Wait! It’s not over. Of seven possible months of skiing, we are only at month five, and the best is here, right now. The ski areas are closing with maximum snow depths and its the time to get after steep chutes, big tours and fun turns.
But I understand. Biking beckons, ski boots seem hot and other activities are calling.
A friend in the outdoor industry blamed it all on Christmas. “Every year the stores start pumping skiing earlier and earlier in anticipation of Christmas. People are stoked to get out in October when they are bumping over rocks and hitting logs, then they hang it up when the skiing is the best to go do the same thing with climbing or biking – slogging through mud, camping in the rain and missing the best of the season. Everything is just too early.”
I couldn’t agree more, but again, I’m not complaining. The skiing has been excellent lately and will only get better. I just feel a little guilty not sharing it with anyone else.
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