Friday, December 28, 2007

Surviving peak ski

Holiday week is the perfect storm of skiing -- a mix of out-of-state vacationers, returning Colorado expats and locals. It will be a mad house. You will wait on line. But there are a few things that make it (a little) better.

1. Get up early. You need to be on the first chair. That will give you at least an hour of calm as the hordes are trying to get their equipment in order. You'll also get the best conditions of the day.

2. Don't eat lunch. A holiday pattern forms that's different from weekends where you're mostly skiing with Front Rangers: everyone goes in for a long lunch just after noon. The lines will cut by at least half.

3. Ask a patroller. Every mountain has its quiet spots, and they can change from day to day. Get patrol to tell you where they are.

4. Stay away from the big resorts. This time of year it may be better to hit Monarch, Wolf Creek, or another little independent ski area that doesn't heavily market out of state.

5. Ski clear of anyone who has attached a giant Texas flag tied to their back. You think I'm kidding, but I've seen this multiple times.

6. Don't use the quickpod to take a picture. Just ask someone. You idiot.


Brian said...

Forget the quickpod- where can I get some of those awesome gray brand-free skis? I bet those are secret test models of next's years coolest boards. Awe-some!!!!

zen said...

Look at me! Look at the Lone Star on my back! Ain't I a southern county badass? Don't you wish you lived in Texas like me?

Uh... no.

Teleken said...

Is that an old school ski or are you just happy to apres-ski me?

Mr. P.W. Herman said...

The stars at night, are big and bright...