Ski One For Rick—Then post it to tell us where and which one!
I really, really love to ski, and maybe I don’t grasp just how much I love to ski until it is January, it’s cold, and the snow falls regularly. Now that holiday madness is over, I relish the fact that we have 3-4 more months of good snow on great mountains, in North America and in Europe.
For me, skiing is the complete sport package. I like the process of getting to the snow, like thinking which layers to wear to ski which mountain under that day’s conditions. I like how sounds play such a part in really enjoying that first run of the day. You plop your skis on the snow. You hear that crack of each boot buckle locking down. You hear the snap of your bindings clenching your boots, then as you take off, without thinking you listen to how the snow sounds as you set your edges and start making your turns.
Skiing teaches a profound respect for Mother Nature. You can be tough and you can be determined, but you can’t beat the weather– you can only try to learn how to be prepared for anything when you go on the mountain. And at least once a year I am reminded that any mountain can kick my ass, no matter how many times before I’ve been and feel I’ve skied there like a champion.
And of course, what ski day would be complete without après? Good ski day or bad ski day, après ski is that time when all in the brotherhood and sisterhood of skiers want to kick back with a beverage and swap tales of another epic day on the slopes. We could talk for hours about great après ski bars all over the world. (Let me know if you need recommendations!)
So here’s my dilemma: so many mountains, so little time! I have good ski buddies at every mountain and on three continents, but I won’t get to see them all this season. So I’m asking you, our Alpine skiing community, to ski a run for me and then let us know which day, which mountain, and which run. Photos and video would be gravy. We want to compile a list of runs on mountains that skiers in our community really love to ski. If you post them on our Facebook or to Twitter (@luxuryski), then others who may have trips planned to that particular resort can find that same run and try it themselves.
Please– let me and other die-hard skiers share your favorite runs, and I’ll expect there to be many for each of you this season. Thanks, and I’ll look for you on the slopes. Cheers! Rick