Countdown to Ski Season: 85 Days
"Powder skiing is not fun. It's life fully lived; life lived in a blaze of reality." -Dolores LaChapelle
Dolores LaChapelle was a "powder skiing pioneer" who spent most of her time perfecting the art of powder carving in Utah, Colorado and Switzerland. She inspires this blog post because she too would have been counting down her days until winter. Or she would have done one better by traveling to the southern hemisphere, experiencing winter all year long.
For those of us who can't do that and can't wait to turn 'em downhill, I have good news: We only have 85 days left until ski season at Big Sky Resort!
The 2013 ski season will start like any other season, with a feast of snow on Thanksgiving Day. Wrap that turkey to go and pocket some pumpkin pie because it's going to be one for the record books. Each day from here on in as you peruse the latest issue of your favorite ski or snowboard magazine, catch up with cult classics such as The Blizzard of Aahhhs (1988), Further (2012), Deeper (2011), Into the Mind (2012), or mark your calendar for the nearest Teton Gravity Research movie premiere near you (see you later this month at Way of Life, Montanans) remember LaChapelle's deep ecology: that what we "experience in powder is the original human self ... undamaged in spite of what our present culture tries to do to us." Snow brings us together, nurtures the whole Self, and presents us with opportunities to go beyond our selfish ambition to shred, and serve our natural ambition to shred together.
See you out there in 85 days.