Screw Apples, Pumpkins and Football. I Have to Get my Ski Gear Ready!!

For most normal people in society,
Fall means trips to the apple orchard,
The carving of pumpkins,
The end of baseball
And the beginning of the football season.

Sure, apple pie and acorn squash are delicious
when covered in Vermont Cheddar and
drowned in maple syrup from my neighbors.

And it is totally fun to run through waist deep leaves
piled up by the swirly winds of late October
And take photographs of brightly colored leaves
Which oftentimes seem to be in an over-exuberant abundance

Looking Home for a New Direction

But for me
- and I presume a few other dedicated souls -
Fall is about one thing and one thing only:
Ski Season.

The are Questions for Mother Nature:
When will the temps change?
When will twig season begin?
When will the snow finally fall?
When will ski season start?

There are Questions for the Resort:
When will the snowmakers begin to blow?
When will my pass be ready?
When will the mountain be open?
When will ski season start?

The are Questions for Me:
When will my new AT bindings get mounted?
When will my boots be molded?
When should I buy that new jacket?
When will ski season start?

The Autumnal Glory of The Vermont Back Roads

The Tension is building and there is only so much stress that I can handle
Cause I am, like, kinda impatient when it comes to the beginning of ski season.

I am trying on clothes.
Different variables of jacket-pant-puffy combinations to get the perfect skier's closet..
(have you not seen my chart for what to wear based on the temps and humidity and activity?)

I am working on a spreadsheet.
There are too many possible boot-binding-ski combinations to keep them all straight.
(this is my favorite and most dorky)

I am making a wish list.
Of pieces and parts that are currently missing from my collection but that will most definitely be possible purchases during the season.

I want to buy jewelry.
We brought in a huge fun artisan jewelry section at Base Camp this year
and for some inexplicable reason I want to buy jewelry.
How that fits in to winter prep I have NO IDEA!!
Lake Kanawake, Harriman State Park, NY

And so the tradition of pre-season futzing continues.
As I write this, the resort is trying its best to push the so far completely uncooperative Mother Nature into letting us ski before the end of October.

Would it just Freakin' Snow Already?!?!

I feel like the kids in SouthTown, USA begging Snow Meiser and Heat Meiser to cooperate just enough to give me one little fix of that beautiful fluffy white stuff.

It is October 20th and we haven't even seen a hint of a snowflake!!

Instead of talking about skiing,
people are turning to real world topics
Like baseball, and football....and health insurance?!

Please, Please, Please, Let it Snow Already!!!

I am ready to ski.
I want to ski.
I need to ski.

I guess I will go paddling.
Damn it.


  1. When? Thursday or Friday...

    1. That would certainly be awesome! Hoping Mother Nature sticks to the plan :)


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