Checking in on My 100 Ski Day Goal
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Written by John Bleh
I thought it was time to give everyone an update on my ski day goal this year. If you didn't already know, I've publicly made it my goal, for better or worse, to ski 100 days this season. As a man with fluctuating self-motivation, I figured the only way I was going to get to 100 days was to publicly hold myself accountable.
As of this writing, I'm happy to report that I'm right on track with 65 days skied so far. 60 of those days were skied here on the lifts. A couple were from cat skiing here (where you don't get scanned by the RFID gates). One was from a great day of backcountry over at Bolton Valley. And the last was from a sunshine-filled day of xc-skiing over at Trapp Family Lodge. But before you say anything, I dare you to tell me that xc-skiing doesn't count as a ski day. I worked way harder skate skiing up to the cabin at Trapp's than I do here most ski days. I also plan to get out to Ole's in Warren a couple of times before the season is up, so that won't be my last xc-ski day.
I'm hoping to finish the month out just above 80 days, and then let April seal the deal. I'll admit I'm a little nervous about my original pacing idea of 20 ski days a month because April can be a bit tricky. We typically close midweek towards the end of the month, which may fuzzy out my math. But I only live a couple miles down the road, so a few extra drives to the mountain won't kill me. If all else fails I'll strap on the skins or drive down to Killington, but in a perfect world I want my 100th to be a sunny Sugarbush day capped off with Courtyard drinks.
It's interesting, though, because I've definitely noticed some things and have felt some changes from getting out of the office just about every day for some runs. Here are some loose thoughts in no particular order:
- I'm definitely in better shape. Even if it's just a couple runs, the act of getting on the hill and out of my office chair has certainly had a positive effect on my health, both mental and physical.
- My work concentration is up. People used to tell me they had to get out of the office for some turns or go to the gym or go for a walk because they "just couldn't concentrate anymore", and I never really thought much of it. Well, I'm definitely noticing a difference. Though I think more than breaking things up, it gives me alone time on the hill to run through various work thoughts in my head. It's probably what most of us do during our commutes, but mine is so short I never really get that.
- My skiing is better. I mean what a concept! The more you ski the better you get. Time on snow really makes a difference, and I feel much more comfortable all over the hill.
- I'm much more in tune with how the mountain's skiing. It's not exactly a mind-blowing statement, but getting out on the hill keeps you in the loop on conditions. Especially because different parts of the mountain can ski different on any given day, and looking at temps or reading the snow report might not always paint the perfectly accurate picture everywhere. That being said, as someone who is very involved with snow reporting, I'd encourage you to reach out to us if you don't think we're accurately representing the mountain.
- I feel like I better understand our guests. Chatting with folks on lifts, people watching skiers on the hill, and experiencing the same "product" that they are is worth a lot more than any market research you can do. It's awesome to see the different ways you all choose to find your smile on the hill.
I look forward to continuing to explore and learning more about a mountain I thought I knew everything about for my past 9 years here. If you see me out on the hill, don't forget to pressure me to hit 100. I always appreciate the motivation.