Skiing Is A Dance
You might spend an arm and a leg to break an arm and a leg, but whoa, what an adventure. It’s cold, you might catch a cold, but there’s a lot of fun to be had speeding down a mountain with nothing more than a few flimsy poles to stop you.
There are countless quotes to be said about downhill skiing, but until you’ve experienced it yourself, it’s hard to explain. You can’t possibly tell someone, “My drug of choice is white powder” unless they get it. Otherwise, you’re going to find yourself smack dab in the middle of an intervention.
The mountain is always going to lead because it’s bigger than you. It’s a force of nature that’s not to be reckoned with. That doesn’t mean that you can’t put on your dancing shoes, or skis in this case, and take the mountain for a bit of a spin.
Life is Going Downhill, Fast
There’s nothing quite like ice-cold winds smacking you in the face as you race down a mountain at speeds of 60 mph or more. Of course, Olympic skiers have been known to eclipse speeds of even 95 mph during certain parts of a run. It’s terrifying but in the best possible way.
It takes a special kind of person to strap boards to the bottom of their feet, stand at the top of a mountain, and let gravity take over. Then, you get the moguls that become part of the slope. By the time you’re done, you’ll feel as though you became Lord of the Dance, with your knees getting the bulk of the workout on this one. And those who choose to take a slope where the moguls were actually crafted? They have a masochistic approach to skiing.
This is not the time to take the advice of Ferris Bueller, who said “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” If you stop to look around, you’re going to wipe out. The mountain doesn’t care if you want to do some sightseeing. If you want to look at all of the greenery and take in the sights, hop onto a snowmobile. When it comes to skiing, it’s all about speed and forward momentum.
Where the Mountain Rules
A mountain is a mountain, right? Think again. Anyone involved in winter sports will tell you that there are significant differences between the East Coast and the West Coast. It’s ice versus powder, but there’s so much more to it than that.
Those in Minnesota may head over to Bloomington, Wabasha, or even Lutsen in order to have some fun in the snow. After being able to go downhill after the snow has just fallen may have you saying, “I love big dumps” once you’ve sufficiently experienced the bliss for yourself.
Those in Texas may head out to some of the top ski resorts in the country, like Aspen, Vail, or Telluride.
However, that’s when you really have to look at where you want to tango with the slopes. The East Coast slopes have been around for longer. There are more people and it’s rich with history and culture. The West Coast slopes garner a bit more attention because there’s a higher elevation. Plus, the slopes are usually wider and longer, allowing for the dance to become a bit more dramatic. Of course, if you’re not much of a dancer, you can toss on your bunny suit and head to the beginner slopes.
The Mountains are Calling
While some people will say that the mountains are actually calling them, that’s not usually the case. Skiing is an addiction as anyone who has done it a few times will tell you. If you’re one of those poor saps waiting to scratch your itch, it can be difficult. Those in Minnesota, Colorado, and Utah can access the slopes with ease. However, those in Texas and other places have to plan an entire snow trip to make it happen.
Where are you going to go? Are you going downhill skiing only or do you plan on switching it up with cross-country, too? Are you planning on bringing your friends? Do they have experience? Where are you going to stay?
Oh, it sounds like so many questions, but it’s the thrill involved with planning a trip that gets everyone’s adrenaline pumping. The mountains may be calling but it may not be time yet. The snow may not have fallen. Then, you have to wait for the news of the first snowfall. That’s when you can furiously get everyone on the phone, strap your skis to the trunk of your car, and head toward the mountain. After all, when the mountain calls, it only seems right to answer her.
It’s Expensive but Worth It
As the saying goes, skiing is expensive, but it’s a lot cheaper than therapy. You’re going to invest quite a bit into your skis, your boots, and everything else when you want to go down a mountain. With all of that comes the need to store it all when you’re not freezing your butt off and bundling up to avoid frostbite.
A diamond may be a girl’s best friend but a black diamond is where the real fun is at. The moment that you mention a black diamond, people will “ooh” and “ahh” as though you have just shown off a shiny gem. They’ll know how much you’ve dropped over the course of your life to get to that skill level, too. Don’t think about the cost too much, though. Remember, it’s kept you off of a therapist’s couch all of these years, hasn’t it?
You can use a pole barn as a way to store all of your gear for winter sports when you’re not hitting up a mountain. Whether you’re only storing your skii equipment or you need a spot for your snowmobile and any other sports gear, a pole barn can be a great solution.
At Sherman Pole Buildings, Minnesotans and Texans alike can customize a pole building and decide on a pole barn that gives the space and the security needed to store sporting goods. It ensures that everything is out of the way yet accessible. It sure beats a ski falling down on your car in the garage, making the sport even more expensive than it was before that happened.
Ultimately, skiing becomes an addiction. You’ll never fully be in control, though the mountain will make you feel like you are at times. The mountain will lead every time, so you just need to know the right dance moves.