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4/9/09 12:50 A

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The significant other and I spoke today about our different opinions of the days out riding this season.

I think it was an eye opener for him to hear that some of his worst days were some of my best.

Interesting how attitude can make all the difference in our perception of the conditions.

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EATNBOOGERS's Photo EATNBOOGERS Posts: 2,215
4/7/09 3:34 P

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No, his name is Stan. :-)

One of my best days skiing was when I went alone and it was 6F. It *was* friggin' COLD, but no one was there, and I was just zipping up the lifts and skiing down empty runs as hard and fast as I could (in part to keep warm). Part of my mentality I'm sure is that I'm trying to cram in all the skiiing I *haven't* done in the last couple of decades, but seriously, I just don't feel like I can cherry pick the perfect day to go. I'm not a perfect skier, my ski area isn't perfect, either, so I suppose imperfect conditions is a perfect match. ;-)

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SARAHSLY's Photo SARAHSLY Posts: 531
4/7/09 11:58 A

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Is your friend named Paul? I feel like I know that guy.

Spends the entire off season talking about snowboarding and then never once made it out this year because the conditions were never perfect enough for him.

Not that everyone should love it like we do, but it does get old when he's saying there wasn't a decent day this season and I was out over 50 times.

One of those days MUST have been satisfactory, because I have TONS of memories of great ski days.

His loss... just a shorter lift line for me.

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4/6/09 8:43 P

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I've expressed the same sentiment to friends... My local ski area (Eldora) is the furthest east in CO. It doesn't have the best snow, and it does have WIND (it's often called Blowdora) and cold temps.

One friend got a season pass for himself and his 6 yr old when we did; the idea was that we would teach our boys to ski at the same time. When the area opened up in Nov: "Not enough terrain is open." and then "You're crazy to try to teach them without the Magic Carpet." When the Magic Carpet opened in Dec: "It's too cold." and then "It's too crowded." Etc. Last month, it was "Isn't it too warm to go skiing?" and "The snow is crappy... we haven't gotten enough." This weekend was *almost* "We got too much snow." Nice, eh?

Any day on the slopes is better than a day off. Period.

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SARAHSLY's Photo SARAHSLY Posts: 531
4/6/09 7:02 P

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It is amazing how spoiled one can be. My brother, also a born and raised Minnesotan, doesn't want to ski at Lutsen anymore. He was saying that every time that he's there it's either freakishly cold, flat light, gray, foggy, icy or there is some wet cold wind coming off of Lake Superior.

Oddly enough, those conditions exist in ALL of Minnesota ski areas (save for the Lake Superior thing) and I've never had it so that a single weather condition has plagued me for all the days of the ski trip. Usually it changes overnight... or sometimes by the minute. Heck... it's Minnesota!

I think that the ability to buy a round trip airline ticket for under $300 to any of the major ski destinations really has us spoiled.

We ran into some people from our home ski area while at Lutsen and heard later that when they got back they did nothing but talk about how awful it was up there.

It was really strange to hear that considering that we thought it was really great. We picked our runs based on the time of day and sun exposure, we brought gear for ice and cold..

we were elated at having sunshine, long runs and a wonderful weekend out on the snow.

It IS really nice to experience the weightless powder in Utah, or the softness in Colorado, but in reality...

I'm still just really glad to be out anywhere and I'll take it.

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4/1/09 9:30 P

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The article compares Lutsen to Killington, VT and that's where we're going Sunday. It's supposed to be sunny and warm - can't wait.

Mary

If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

You can't change the direction of the wind, but you can adjust your sails.


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3/30/09 9:49 A

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My dad was born in MN and lived there till he was ~13, Sarah. Sometimes, when you talk about skiing there and ice skating and all that, I think about him doing all that there when he was a little boy. :-)

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3/29/09 10:49 P

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We had continuous rain all day in upstate NY, plus we didn't end up going to Okemo, VT because it was raining all day there too. We're supposed to get rain for the entire week, so that should really mess up the spring skiing around here.

Mary

If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

You can't change the direction of the wind, but you can adjust your sails.


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3/29/09 7:42 P

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I was just thinking about you Sarah, wondering how the weekend went. The New York Times article sounds like it is a wonderful place (minus the ice). I am so glad you had a good time. I'm jealous- it snowed so hard today we couldn't get to the mountain! I could have used some of that spiritual outdoor stuff to get me through this next week. I guess I'll be hoping for next weekend...
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3/29/09 7:26 P

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travel.nytimes.com/2009/03/27/travel
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scapes/27lutsen.html?scp=1&sq=LutsenR>&st=cse



This is where I spent my weekend!

We had perfect weather, good snow and amazing views as an ice storm covered the entire area in a inch plus layer of sparkling glory earlier in the week.

It's fun to see a nice local resort acknowledged!

Hoohrah for the Midwest!!

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