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.
In preparation for the beginning of a new ski season I am participating in what I like to call the 25 Days of Winter leading up to Nov. 27, this Thursday! Here are days 1-5:
Patience. Opening Day is only five days away. Now is the time to practice patience. Not only is patience a good life lesson, but it helps one maintain order while waiting for those lifts to turn.
Squats. Sure, Big Sky Resort opens in four days, but there is no time like the present to start getting those legs into ski and snowboard shape. The other option: Ski as much as possible as soon as possible to be ready for the time the Lone Peak Tram opens.
Create. Get the creative juices flowing by working on a ski/snowboard related project. A creative project could include finishing that bench made out of an old snowboard, hanging that old #7 chair as a porch swing, create a ceiling fan with old skis, or perhaps a cork board with wine corks and old gear. We will create perfect turns and lines all winter. Why not find the joy in creating before the season even starts?
Wear ski boots today. I hope all snowboarder's boots are already comfy and ready to go. For the skiers out there like me it might be a good idea to put those boots on for there's no time like the present to get those toes adjusted to tight spaces.
Keep praying for snow and get a good night's sleep.
Now we ski.
We've been busy making snow the last two weeks in preparation for Opening Day on Thanksgiving. The Suessical piles of snow are mounding up outside my office window, and I wanted to bring a little of that to the blog. Here's how we snowmake:
Filmed & Edited by Chris Kamman
In preparation for the beginning of a new ski season I am participating in what I like to call the 25 Days of Winter leading up to Nov. 27. With less than one week until Opening Day, stay tuned for more tips and anticipation of the coming winter season. Here are days 6-10:
Plan to attend a festival this winter. To beat the mid-winter blues (aka: lack of Vitamin D) catch a music or film festival for those après-ski hours. My suggestion: Big Sky Big Grass Bluegrass Festival at Big Sky Resort. Quickly becoming the largest bluegrass festival in Montana, Big Sky Big Grass features Leftover Salmon, The Travelin' McCourys, Della Mae, John Jorgenson, and so many more. Tickets go on sale soon.
Journeying. The ultimate exploration of the mountains means one has to go on a journey. Part of that journey includes these days leading up to Opening Day. The days feel like they drag on forever, but time goes by quickly so get ready to continue that journey into winter.
Look for annunciations. Listen closely for the start of those daily snowreports and lift openings. Big Sky Resort begins the daily morning snowreport on Thanksgiving Day. Click here for snowreport info at Big Sky Resort.
Plan to stay for après music. Figure out what days work best in one's schedule to stick around at Whiskey Jack's or Carabiner Lounge for live après music featuring amazing Big Sky and Bozeman local artists. I would give a suggestion, but there's just no going wrong when it comes to live music in Big Sky.
Wax. It's time to get those skis and snowboards waxed for the upcoming season. Get more info on tune ups at the Big Sky Sports Repair Shop or Moonride Rentals and Repair.
Check back soon for days 1-5.
Della Mae at Big Sky Big Grass 2015.
In preparation for the beginning of a new ski season I am participating in what I like to call the 25 Days of Winter leading up to Nov. 27. With just about 2 weeks until Opening Day, stay tuned for more tips and anticipation of the coming winter season. Here are days 11-15:
Penitence. Expression of humility toward Mother Nature makes for safer and more exciting winter adventures. Approach this winter with humility.
Have something to do in the dark hours. Sunset is exactly at 5:00pm this time of year. This means there are 5+ hours of darkness to fill with non-outdoor activities. My tips: Après-ski at Whiskey Jack's or Andiamo (once they are open); take up knitting (so much yarn at CReations Yarn Shop); go to the movies at Lone Peak Cinema or for free in the Big Sky Resort Amphitheater; or plan the next day's adventure with friends. These activities should help curb that 5-hour boredom during these dark months.
Find joy. A major element to advent is seeking joy during the holiday season. For the 25 Days of Winter, joy should be sought by simply waking up to 5 inches of fresh snow on the ground and smiling, coffee in hand, at the day ahead. Never lose touch with the magic that snow brings.
Expectation. Similar to joy, having delightful expectation at what this winter will bring is important to practice during the 25 Days of Winter. I try to have positive and realistic expectations for the ski season. I expect to ski nearly every day and take on new adventures (like skiing the Big Couloir), but I know not to be disappointed if neither of those happen.
Read. Study up on NOAA's weather predictions, stay up to date on unofficialnetworks.com latest resort recaps, and look at blogs (such as this one) for the latest local perspective on Big Sky happenings.
Check back in five days for days 6-10.
Photo © Ryan Day Thompson, 2014 | www.ryandaythompson.com
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