Saturday, March 31, 2012

The art of spring skiing

There are few rules about skiing in general, but there is a capital one for spring skiing: Do it early in the day! Get out of bed early, do all you have to do and then get to the ski area by opening time. With a tiny bit of experience, observation and orientation, you'll be able to find yourself at the right place and the right time. That's right, in no time, you'll be able to begin by “following the sun” and visiting the runs that are oriented in the early morning sun and then work you way to the next ones and so on.

You'll be able to dash through corduroy and do “first tracks” on that heavenly material that will give you a subtle, but out-of-this world “foot massage.” You'll also be spot on to find yourself at the right place when the snow slowly begin to melt and become just creamy, well before it turns to slush. Lastly, don't overstay your welcome, know when to fold, and that's generally much earlier than you usually do and end up doing in most case. If you get caught muddling through slush at 1 pm, you should probably have quit at noon! Now, let's put all that good planning to work...

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