Well, you can tell that the holidays are coming - every day there are more and more people filling up all the extra space on the trail. While this is VERY good for business, it does not really make for the best trail and liftline conditions. I knew it was time to head home today when someone skied over my tails in the liftline at the Needle's Eye Quad - one reason why I am a big fan of gondolas during the busy season. It's harder for assholes to run over your skis when you don't have them on!
Of course, on the other hand, it is totally awesome that people choose to spend their winter vacation outside on the slopes than lazing around on some beach all day doing nothing :( Lift service skiing isn't exactly what you would call a workout, but it does help people to breathe in the cold winter air after sitting in a cubicle or classroom all the rest of their lives. It's an awesome thing seeing a family with young kids braving the trails at Killington, although sometimes poor trail choice leaves something to be desired. I hate watching a dad yelling at their youngster for their poor performance on a trail - and all because dad chose something way over their head! But in the end, skiing is such an awesome way for a family to spend the holidays! Even my super traditional family has realized that the holidays are much more fun when you get to go skiing!!