Mountain Views: Resolutions
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Written by John Bleh
In this month's Mountain Views, John writes of his New Year's resolutions. After my orthopedic knee surgery this past summer, I worked hard to get back in shape through some excellent physical therapy with Joe Grant and my own exercise routine...
In this month's Mountain Views, John writes of his New Year's resolutions. After my orthopedic knee surgery this past summer, I worked hard to get back in shape through some excellent physical therapy with Joe Grant and my own exercise routine... From Win:
Happy New Year to all! As we all remain bundled up against this cold front, let's appreciate what great shape the mountain is in as we cross into 2018. We're 100% open across both mountains and will have a chance to get the Slide Brook Express operating once the mercury rises.
It's resolution time! Last year, I reflected back on how many resolutions I successfully completed from the previous year. This season, I've got a new list of resolutions for 2018, mainly focused on getting back into and staying in shape. Interestingly enough, many are great options for staying warm through this cold spell.
Take some ski lessons: An appropriate resolution considering it is Learn to Ski & Ride Month. Most experienced skiers and riders let pride get in the way of taking a lesson. If there's anything I've learned from our Ski & Ride team, it's that you're never too old or experienced to take a lesson. I plan on getting some new pointers to continue improving my skiing.
Get swimming: My wife and I are currently expecting our first child, and we've learned that swimming is an excellent way for a pregnant woman to get exercise. I've found, too, that I've enjoyed this impact-free activity. Plus, with this cold weather, a heated pool is like a tropical stay-cation. (Check out the SHARC for their indoor heated pool, or lodge at Clay Brook Hotel and Residences for their outdoor heated pool.)
Strap on the snowshoes: As a skier, I used to view snowshoeing as the less exciting cousin to the sport. However, I've started growing a fondness for snowshoeing I didn't think possible. Credit it to taking a Twilight Snowshoe Tour last year where I got the chance to experience the mountain in a different light. You'll see animal tracks and markings, learn about the flora and fauna, and enjoy some light exercise. Sign me up. Again.
Participate in a competition: This resolution continues to elude me year after year. The High Fives FAT Ski-a-Thon, Castlerock Extreme, Stein's Challenge, and Pond Skimming are all great competitions that I have continued to miss for the last several seasons. Some test skill, some test endurance, some test how awesome you look when you crash into a pond, and all are fun. I'm in for one this year.
Revisit my skiing roots: Nordic: It's funny, I cross-country skied through my entire high school career (heck, I was even our team captain), but I haven't done it as much as I'd like in recent years. Blueberry Lake and Ole's Cross Country Center are two great Nordic options in the Valley that I plan to get to more often. And my dog Scout is welcome at Blueberry Lake, which will make him happy.
Earn my turns: Our uphill travel policy is in full effect now that we're 100% open. It means you can skin up certain trails at both mountains at certain times - a great way to get some exercise before a well-deserved run down. If you're unsure about skinning up yourself, try a Tour De Moon, which offers a guided skin up to Walt's at the Glen House.
Eat better: Our culinary team introduced healthy choice meals in the Gate House Lodge several seasons ago and they've been a hit. Combine these meals with the noodle and salad bar, and there are a growing number of healthy options for lunch. My goal is to focus more on those and less on greasy sandwiches or fried foods. But I will still allow myself the occasional gourmet grilled cheese at Walt's...
Bonus summer resolution - bike more: I need to upgrade my mountain bike, and I need a road bike. I'm definitely planning to get at least one of those this summer and when I do my goal is to bike up a storm. The Valley offers a huge network of mountain bike trails, and quiet roads for road biking, so biking will be a new warm-weather exercise option.
And there we have it. I'm focused on improving my overall health and wellness as I approach my 30th birthday later this year. What are your resolutions for 2018? Feel free to follow some of mine, or let us know your own.
See you on the mountain,