Tips for the Trails: Don’t Lose Hope on the Slope!
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The forecasts, while somewhat pleasing, haven’t been too beneficial for the ski resorts this early winter. Most resorts have struggled, delaying their ski season commencements and keeping only the bunny hills open. Some argue global warming, others say its mere bad luck, whatever you want to call it; no skier, snowboarder, or ‘telemarker’ is fan of it. Lots of mountain fans are manifesting their depression and avoiding the resorts all together. Their complaining about the slick ice beneath their tips and groaning about how skiing or boarding will never be the same again. It may not be, but the key to making this ski season work is optimism. And there’s plenty of reasons to have it.
While the bunny hills may not be super appealing, but have no fear. Trails will eventually be opened. While the ski season may be a little shorter than years before, it’s still going to happen. Everyday, more portions of resorts are making their appearances on the open sign. Loveland has seven trails ready for ski tracks while Copper has six. Most resorts average at around five open trails, compared to roughly two last week.
Not to mention, the early season is not a prediction for the rest of the term. In 2013, early January (early JANUARY! Not even fall) there was an average snowfall of around 3” in Vail, CO. By March, the resort was earning a maximum of 15”. The Farmer’s Almanac predicts that one of the snowiest times of the year will be in February, so a little patience for the powder in necessary.
Even if the forecasts fail, life will still go on. Not every ski season is a winter blowout. Especially in Colorado, with the weather has varying as a teenager’s emotions. So, if the snow doesn’t fall, head to the ice rink, sip cocoa by the flickering fireplace, or go sledding at the park. This won’t last forever.
Most of all, skiing this year will be about making the most of it. Find ways to enjoy the greens and blues, whether it’s racing down them with a friend, trying tricks on the sides, or even swerving into the forest’s edge for a quick jump or two. The runs will probably be crowded, but tough out the crowds and spend time navigating the best open runs out. Remember, stay positive. There’s only one way to go now, up.
(And eventually down the mountain to the base.)