The uptick in ski talk that coincides with the holidays and the steady turn of fall to winter always is a welcome prelude to my ski season.
With only a few exceptions over the years, I’ve never really been one of those skiers who has to get on snow as soon as possible. It was fun to kick off one season at Killington during the World Cup weekend after Thanksgiving, and some years have been blessed with plenty of early snowstorm action. There was a pretty amazing late November day at Mount Snow in recent years that I’ll never forget.
However, I prefer to wait until places are close to fully open, or at least are well on the way, before I really hit the slopes.
No matter how the season begins, the ski talk arrives about the same time each year. Plans are shared, inquiries made and equipment compared. One of my favorite aspects of ski talk, though, is when the topic is the mountains themselves. Hearing the advice, experiences and other details of fellow skiers and riders always fascinates me, whether I learn about somewhere I’ve never been or get to see how my perceptions match up with theirs.