Days of Fall
Fall is always a fascinating time of year. The leaves begin to change. The air gets a bit colder. The nights become longer and the days shorter. We too begin to prepare for the days ahead. We cut our lawns short. We prune the hedges. We test the heater. We batten down the hatches. For us skiers, we too begin to prepare.
We uncrate our gear from last season. We perform the inspections and get things tuned. We take inventory of the things we need and the things that we want. For those of us that have kids, we also silently pray that their feet didn’t grow too much so that we can get another year out of the boots. We begin to receive advertisements from our local ski shops that are receiving all the latest gear. We start to put together our wish lists.
However, for the skier, X-Mas truly starts in October. Our local slopes host open houses where we can find great deals on last years gear or swap products with local friends and fellow competitors. We start longing for that first snow and the cold days ahead because we know that this weather brings what we love, snow and skiing. We start getting e-mails from our favorite western resorts so that we can plan our vacations. Our Facebook pages start blowing up with pictures of fresh, powder, etc. from the west.
While others long for an Indian Summer, we silently long for cold nights and snow. We look at the forecasts and wonder, is it here to stay… For us, fall is waited anticipation for the season of fun ahead. We do not hibernate when the temperature drops. We put on another layer and work harder to stay warm and have fun. For those of us that are lucky enough to have a hill that has a fall program, we find ourselves in shape and ready to attack that first snow and that first day when our resort says….OPEN!!!
Until then, we silently watch the forecast and wait…but we are ready…