Winds are down and there are some blue skies peeking through with a little bit of snow last night to spruce things up. Conditions are improving every day with almost a foot of snow out of these storms the last few days… might be time to come up and check it out!
Groomers are well covered if you are worried about dinging your skis and the off-piste, well, it’s just like roulette, your spin probably won’t land on double zero the first time… but sooner or later it will. We skied off-piste all morning yesterday and it definitely shows on the bottom of my skis… and yes, it was very worth every ding and scratch!
Something else to consider, we were standing off to the side on an otherwise empty Zephyr yesterday waiting for my daughter when a yahoo came down above us and instead of skiing the relatively open slope, came down and clipped my wife’s ski tips with his skis…
She was too stunned to even say anything and I was too far away… but it does surface the idea of ski etiquette, which the Rose Patrol Director mentioned before dropping the rope to open Slide a couple of weeks ago… since when did it become fashionable to get as close to other skiers and boarders as you possibly can? When my kids were just learning, they were clipped or knocked down over a dozen times by careless skiers and boarders on mostly Around the World. Dozens of riders are injured and even killed by those not taking the time to give everyone else the room they need to enjoy the snow. As the holidays approach, I ask everyone to pay attention to the space they are using on the mountain and to allow others the space they need to do whatever they do to enjoy the snow. There is just no reason to be THAT close. When you ski Montana no one comes within 15 feet of you without an apology… seems like we could use a little of that common courtesy or “etiquette” around here so that everyone has a wonderful time.
We get to enjoy the greatest sport on earth. Can’t everyone just get along?