Waiting

The wait for snow goes on. This year is dry, even by recent standards, as the below graph illustrates.

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Things are lagging, badly, and there isn't much hope on the horizon.

The thing with being a skier during times like these is it tests your resolve, your creativity, and also your endless ability to believe and be optimistic. Tomorrow we're planning to get a little creative on our day off – morning skill work at the local hill while the snow is well groomed, and an evening skin up at a resort that does allow uphill travel. It's unconventional but desperate times require it. More than anything, I'm looking forward to the cold burn in the lungs after a long skin at 13,000 feet. Elaine and I live for things like that.

You have to stay optimistic. After all, it is only November. Still, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't scanning lists like these and thinking if this trend keeps up, a shift to one of these places might a requirement.

It's supposed to snow tonight, 0.7 inches. It's torture, I know, but this is what we were doing exactly one year ago at our backyard ski hill.

Powpow

Then again, last year was a dud of a year too after a promising start.
Maybe this year is like Heinz ketchup – good things will come to those
who wait.

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