"Oh! The snow, the beautiful snow. Filling the sky and earth below. Over the housetops, over the street, Over the heads of the people you meet. Dancing, Flirting, Skimming along." -J.W. Watson
A few weeks ago, BBC published an article titled: "Why do we get so excited about snow?" The article caught my eye for two reasons: 1) I do get excited about snow and cannot always articulate why; 2) I did not know why the British, of who most don't live in the mountains, get excited about snow?
From what I can tell those who do not live in the mountains get excited about snow for some of the same reasons as those who do live in the mountains: Feeling of nostalgia, holiday season, outdoor activities, and its uniqueness to certain parts of the world. However, the BBC article also pointed out that this sentimental feeling toward snow is relatively new for human beings. Skiing has only existed in the modern form since the 1700s and snow used to be something to fear. Then why do we love snow so much now?
The most unique answer the BBC arrives at is that our weather memories are short and mostly positive. We remember shredding Shedhorn laps last March with glee, but have already forgotten when the least snowy day of the year was last year. We enjoy snow. We look ahead. We keep skiing.
Photos © Ryan Day Thompson, 2014 | www.ryandaythompson.com
Good things come to those who wait. We've been waiting for winter since summer ended and are so glad she's here. Early morning corduroy, skiing with friends, trying new tricks, and enjoying the outdoors are just the tip of the why-we-ski iceberg. I had the chance to tag along for a portion of the filming for this video and we had as much fun as it looks.
Skier: Corey Seemann Video: Michael Jezak
Turkey for a Ticket came about through the leadership team at Moonlight Basin in 2007. They wanted December to be a month of giving, and were aiming to build the day into a clothing and food drive, but were so successful at the food part it stuck. Since the first Turkey for a Ticket the fundraiser has collected 188,788 pounds of food for the Gallatin Valley, Madison Valley, and Big Sky Food Banks.
Last year I had the opportunity to help out with Turkey for a Ticket. After lots of smiling, collecting pounds and pounds of food, and handing out free skiing, I had time to reflect on how amazing this food drive is.
Not only does it feel good to give to our neighbors, but Turkey for a Ticket is such a fun way to do it. Over the years I've participated in clothing drives, food drives, and toy drives during the Holidays, but never have I seen this much collection in one day in one place. I'm proud to be a part of a company that stocks the food banks, and proud to help out with another year of Turkey for a Ticket.
Turkey for a Ticket 2013 at Madison Base Area. Look at those beautiful birds.
Week one at Big Sky Resort has been a solid week of awesome skiing. Just prior to opening week I heard my first avalanche bomb of the season go off (thanks to our awesome Ski Patrol) while sitting in my Huntley Lodge office. It's like the racer's starting gun signaling the start of a great season.
After Opening Day almost twice as many runs at Big Sky Resort opened up, which gave me the chance to do a few Lobo, Calamity Jane, Crazy Horse, and Tippy's Tumble laps on my lunch break. I used to be frustrated by the amount of time it took to change into ski gear and carry my skis and poles to the lift just to turn around in an hour and get back to work. My sentiment has changed drastically after a winter season like 2013-14: We are meant to be skiing and I'm lucky enough to have a job where I can do that every day of the season. It also doesn't hurt that I have my quick change into ski gear down.
With one week of skiing under my belt I look forward to watching the snow accumulate, Challenger Lift opening, Uncle Dan's Cookies at the Tram, and taking my first Liberty Bowl leg-burner of the season.
The feeling of waking up to fresh snow on the ground and hearing bombs from my house in Town Center is how the first week back on skis feels. We may only be skiing Mr. K and Calamity Jane for the first few days, but that feeling never gets old.
Now that we're skiing again and Thanksgiving is over, it's time to create that Christmas Wish List. From new skis to a Big Sky Resort pint glass my list encompasses a decent variety of interests with skiing at the top. In inconsequential order here's a glimpse into all I want for Christmas:
Snow. It's hard to buy this, but it's really all I want.
Rossignol Temptation 100 Open 174s.
Big Sky Resort pint glass. Lone Peak Logo in the Mountain Mall is full of affordable yet classic gift ideas.
Aspen Extreme and other ski movies. My fictional ski movie collection begins and ends at Dumb and Dumber. I'm looking to expand that weird and bizarre niche of the film industry, but also welcome the most recent Matchstick Productions' production.
Sorel Boots. Spending more than half the year in a wintery mix of sorts good boots are a must. I tend to wear out the inside of my boots before the outside goes, which means Sorel Boots make my Christmas List about every other year.
Long Johns. Even though I grew up in the windy winters of Great Falls, Montana, it's time for some new long Johns for those blustery days on the slopes and chilly nights by the fire. My favorite: Hot Chillys. (Also sold at Big Sky Sports!)
American Flag. I want to be able to portray that patriotism on those special American holidays by hoisting a flag in front of my home.
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