Big Sky Resort ambassador Dan Greene makes skiing look easy. Greene and Big Sky Resort Broadcast Media Manager Michael Jezak took a few days this December to ski the peak, grab some face shots, and film this video. It's short and sweet just like the lift lines and ski lines respectively here at Big Sky Resort, and it captures the coldsmoke powder we've been experiencing this December. With more than 25" in the past week, and 26" the week and a half before that it's time to shred into the New Year keeping the winter vibe alive.
Featuring: Dan Greene and Nick Malik; Video: Michael Jezak
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the hills
Many creatures were stirring, but mostly skiers with skills.
The gear was hung by the chimney with care,
Hoping more snow would come with more prayer.
The children were shredding all snug on Lone Peak
With visions of powder on Rock and Jack Creek.
Adults felt the same, "powder stashes for days"
They hooted and hollered, wishing away sun's rays.
When out on the mountain there arose such a clatter,
We sprang from Key Hole to see what was the matter.
It was a noise like a moose call, we all were compelled,
"Coming from Liberty Bowl" someone yelled.
Away to the Tram we flew like a flash,
Tore open the doors and raced to the stash.
What a beautiful day to ski from the top,
But what was that sound that made us all stop?
Around the Tram dock we carried our skis,
When something red and shiny appeared through the breeze.
Santa was real, and there he was with Patrol,
To deliver presents and get first tracks on Liberty Bowl.
When Tram laps were had, and Uncle Dan's cookies were eaten,
Santa sprang to his sleigh with a look like he couldn't be beaten.
"Off to spread gifts and tidings of good cheer," Santa said,
"I left gifts in Freestyle Forest, but nothing beats a good shred."
Photo: Adam West
Each week we pick one amazing photo as our weekly winner. All that has to be done to enter is #bigskyresort on Instagram. December's winning photos displayed the wonder of Lone Peak in the sunrise, star light, and snow, and the wonder of living in Big Sky.
"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
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