The screen saver on my computer is of a photo I took while traveling in Utah a couple of years ago. It embodies the essence of ski season and is what keeps me excited during non-ski season. It reads: "Coming soon. A small town at the end of a dead end road. A road that is never closed, travel may be temporarily restricted. Where you don't lose your girlfriend, you lose your turn. Where there are no friends on a powder day. Friendships last a lifetime. Lives forever changed. Highway."
The planning, training, waxing, dreaming and talking about this season is now a thing of the past; we're in full-on ski season. All of the five area resorts have been open, and as long as Ma Nature cooperates, we should be full-on through the winter.
We've already seen some crazy weather this fall; here's hoping that all of that is behind us. Memories of seasons past are just that, a thing of the past. We're all anxiously awaiting to see whose forecast will come true out of the conflicting weather reports that we received before the season.
Until we can look back at this season and see which forecast was correct, enjoy every day on the mountain. Do your snow dance and pray for snow. Light bonfires, burn skis, do whatever it takes to make this winter memorable. Before you know it, the holidays will be behind us, and all we'll have to focus on is the ski season in front of us. The best time of year.
See you on the mountain!