Saturday, April 28, 2007

Love is a slippery slope.

I can't be the only who noticed that Prince William busted up with his long-time girlfirend while on a trip to Zermatt.

Who's to say why they broke up. It's probably something that's been coming for a while. I've known people who've found love on the slopes. But I'm sure it's also possible to lose it on a ski trip.

It's true that skiing can bring out the worst in people. Poor conditions, fear, equipment problems, crowded lift lines, etc. can cause tempers to flare and a weak relationship to fracture. Maybe it's a good way to determine how good you are for each other. Fun on the slopes equals fun everywhere else. Cranky on the slopes, with your significant other turning into the Abominable Snowman, could mean it's time to look elsewhere.

After all, I hear there's a Prince available......

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Don't try this at home.

A Norwegian was arrested recently after doing this in the London Underground.

I'd never get that desperate, even in the off season!

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Friday, April 20, 2007

'06-'07 Ski Goals: A Look Back.

Way back in September I had a post about my goals for the '06-'07 ski season.

How'd I do? Let's take a look:

  • Get through the season uninjured: Check! No injuries. Phew!

  • Ski more days than last season.Check! Got in 51 wonderful days, a personal record.

  • Try at least one new mountain. Check! Skied Jay Peak and Burke (both in VT), as well as Sunapee (NH). Loved them all.

  • Improve my skiing technique, particularly on moguls.This is still a work in progress. I'm okay if they're not too steep or too icy.

  • Make lots of new ski friends. I was fortunate enough to ski this year with some of the women who participate in TheSkiDiva.com. And what a blast it was! A fabulous time and some great skiing.

  • Have fun! This was the easiest one of all. Double check!

  • How'd you do?

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    Monday, April 16, 2007

    Ski Diva goes legit!

    Yep, it had to happen. They went and made an honest woman out of me.

    I'm now an official member of the Eastern Ski Writers Association (ESWA), part of the North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).

    Sounds very hifalutin', doesn't it?

    Well, it is. The North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA) is a professional group of more than 300 writers, authors, photographers, filmmakers and broadcasters who report ski- and snowboard-related news, information and features throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, via the various media. The NASJA is an "umbrella" association of three regional affiliates that represent Eastern North America, Midwestern North America and Western North America.

    So what exactly does this mean? Two things:

    1) It means that people in the snow industry have recognized both this and TheSkiDiva.com as legitimate web sites, as opposed to someone who's just blogging to their grandma.

    2) It means I'll have better access to information about skiing and snowsports -- information I can pass on to you.

    Can a spot in the White House press corp be next????

    Be sure to visit TheSkiDiva.com, an internet forum especially for women skiers, where women skiers can connect with one another to talk about everything and anything ski-related.

    Wednesday, April 11, 2007

    Better than a bra tree!



    In my post of February 16, I railed (yes, railed is the word) against people who insist on descecrating the landscape along ski lifts by hurling their bras/undergarments on innocent, unsuspecting trees.

    Just didn't make sense to me. Like littering, it's just plain messy.

    But now there's a case where giving up your bra makes sense.

    If you donate your bra to Fat Mardi's Restaurant in Tremblant's Mountain Village Square, they'll give you a credit toward dinner there, plus make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society.

    I understand they have a line of bras going around the bar.

    A great idea. So I sent one in. You can, too. Their address is:

    Fat Mardi's
    3035 Ch. de le Chapelle
    Mont Tremblant, Quebec J8E 1T1
    Canada

    You don't have to be a customer to participate.

    A good idea for a great cause.

    Be sure to visit TheSkiDiva.com, an internet forum especially for women skiers, where women skiers can connect with one another to talk about everything and anything ski-related.

    Friday, April 06, 2007

    Have you ever shared a pass?

    Come on. 'Fess up. It's good for the soul.

    Do you or have you ever "shared" a daily lift ticket?

    I know people who have done this -- parents, actually, who want to ski but also need to share child care duty. They'll take turns using a jacket with a lift pass, passing it between them throughout the day. One of them skis, while the other stays in the lodge and watches the kid.

    It's a dirty little secret. Because it's actually theft of service, if you think about it. Which is something I don't approve of, particularly when so many ski areas are struggling to stay afloat.

    However, it also isn't right for ski areas not to have some kind of interchangeable pass for Moms and Dads to share. It fails to recognize the difficulties many families face in getting out to ski, and the harsh realities of child care.

    I know this pass is possible, because Bretton Woods, Tahoe Donner, Alpine Meadows, and Northstar have it, to name a few. Mom and Dad buy identical passes, only one of which can be used at any given time.

    Seems like a good business decision to me. A win/win situation all around.

    What do you think?

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    Tuesday, April 03, 2007

    Thinking ahead.

    As your season's winding down, it's never to early to start thinking about next year.

    A lot of ski areas are offering season pass discounts. Buy your pass now, and you'll pay less than you would if you waited til after a certain date.

    Makes sense to me. I love to ski, but I hate to spend money.

    Don't think you ski enough at a single ski area to warrant a season pass? Think again. It'd take just five trips to the ticket window to pay for my mid-week season pass at Okemo. Kind of puts it in perspective, doesn't it?

    Just something to keep in mind.....