Sam and I went for a ski tour… in the backyard. Due to long overdue lifestyle changes in the past year I anticipate a significant decrease in my ski days this upcoming season. Thus, I’m counting pretty much anything I do on skis as a ski day.
Everyone seems to have a different rule when it comes to counting ski days. There’s the “two-hour rule.” Which makes sense but falls apart when looked at a little closer. Does driving to-and-from the resort count? What about time spent in lift lines and on chairlifts? What if you get to the mountain and lodge-hog it for a couple hours? Does Apres-ski count towards those two hours? See what I mean? Too many questions left unanswered. Plus, I don’t want to go back and start eliminating past days that I counted whilst skiing for less than 120 minutes. Like those 90 minute days. Or that quick sidecountry ski tour that wrapped up in two hours. Or my first day at Brighton where I waited in line for a half hour, skied a run, and headed home. Or that time I skied one run at Canyons but spent six hours at the Umbrella Bar and forgot how to ski?
I’ve also heard the “500 feet of vertical rule.” I tend to agree more with this idea, but it’s not something I’m going to subscribe to. Why do ski days need vertical requirements? What if you build a jump and spend a whole day sessioning it, never descending a full 500 feet? What about those poor kids from the midwest that ski on less than 500 vertical feet of snow-covered garbage? I didn’t do any research, but I bet there’s a couple hills that qualify. And why 500? Because it’s a round number. Sounds like some arbitrary number picked out of thin air. There’s no science behind it, so I’m not falling for it.
A combination of these rules? I’m not here to do math and I’m not going to put together an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of my ski days.
So I’m going to wing it. If I feel it should count as a day, I’m going to consider it a day. And all of you keeping score out there (read: no one) can just deal with it. Or maybe I’ll just start exaggerating…
Day 6: Sam and I skied some gnarly backcountry (trail behind the house) last Sunday. We barely made it back before dark (we started at 5pm) and we got a ton of first (only) tracks.
We even found a sick jump (rope swing) to practice our triple corks (grabs) on.