First, I make a calendar of all the weekends and holidays I can ski. Then I start filling in the blanks with invitations from friends (love my buddies with ski condos), and a few big trips so I can lock down early airfare and lodging deals.
For example this winter, I have the Epic Pass, so my goal is to maximize that season pass investment by going west to Vail resorts in Colorado, Lake Tahoe and hopefully Park City, plus a spring ski trip to France to ski two days each at Les 3 Vallées -Courchevel, Meribel, Les Menuires and Val Thorens, plus Paradiski – Les Arcs, La Plagne and Tignes-Val D’Isére – all on the Epic Pass! Yes, my bucket list is BIG.
Next, I vow to ski my age in days. It’s something I have been doing for years. Obviously this was easier as kid, and a ski instructor when I bagged 100 at age 18 – but it’s not like cell phone minutes you can carryover. After turning 40, skiing my age has become exponentially challenging and rewarding.
Also, I count the number of different ski resorts I visit in a ski season. This might be my favorite ski stat of all. I love discovering new ski resorts – big and small. Last year, I visited 28 in 50 days (yes it was the big 5-0 for me). I no longer get worked up ab out what counts as a ski day a ski day, like old schoolers that say you have to ski at least 10 runs or 20,000 vertical to be a legal ski day. I now see the beauty of quality over quantity as a sage old downhiller. That’s not to say I’m a one run & done kinda skier. I like to get in at least ten, but I’m also not a fan of too many rules and regs. Besides, one run at Zermatt Switzerland can encompass three lift rides, two countries and 7,500 vertical, and an après ski schnapps at a chalet on the way.
Do count your ski days? What’s your goal for the ski season? Can you ski your age this season? My husband Greg loves keeping track of our vertical on his Vertech altimeter watch, and then comparing it with the Trace app on his phone. This is the same guy that studies trail maps the day before we ski a new area. It’s not that he’s are obsessed with numbers and simply skis to be on some vertical winner. It just makes it more fun.
Counting the ski resorts we visited is especially exotic, we skied 26 ski resorts from Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire to Montana, Colorado and The Austrian Alps of Kitzbuhel, SkiWelt, Hintertux and Stubaier Glaciers, and the nine ski resorts in Innsbruck.
Paul Schipper skied 3,903 consecutive ski days at Sugarloaf Maine. It took 24 years to accomplish that courageous count, dubbed “The Streak.” Schipper passed away at 85, easily skiing his age in days each season. Klaus Obermeyer turns 97 this season in Aspen Colorado where Obermeyer ski clothing company is based, he used to ski his age in MPH. Fortunately he’s retired that dangerous goal. Stein Eriksen passed away last year, at 88, skiing most every day at his home resort of Deer Valley. Aren’t we glad these skiing icons counted?
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