It was 82 degrees when the 2021-22 ski season officially began.
OK, so nobody in this hemisphere is going to be skiing or riding anytime soon. Still, there are plenty of indications that summer is waning and winter is waiting. Schools are about to get back into session, apple picking and football afternoons are on the horizon, and we’ll start waiting for the first snow guns to fire up later in September.
But my family’s first beacon of the upcoming ski season always comes during our annual, late-summer trip to renew ski leases for the year, a pilgrimage that, despite the heat, signifies a first step into winter.
It’s fun to have the kids dig out some semblance of ski socks while I unearthed their skis, poles, and boots to return to Country Ski and Sport in Westwood, where my three children have held their seasonal leases for the past six-seven years. It’s exciting to see what new boots they’ll be sporting this season, as well as discovering how much bigger of a ski size each of them will receive.