In January 2019, MSJ resolved to be better about three things in our annual New Year’s resolutions column.
In 2020, we plan to do the same, but first, let’s take a look back.
How’d we do on 2019’s resolutions?
- Enjoy the ride to the hill
- Get unspoiled about snow
- Celebrate all skiers
1. Enjoying the ride came easy again in 2019. I embarked on a few long drives in different vehicles and of varying lengths. Each time was with a different-sized crew as well. The drives were mostly easy, despite all three being in a snowstorm. Resolution resolved.
2. It was a mostly unspoiled season for me last year, so I accidentally resolved this one. I found that my quiver of skis was perfect for conditions I rode here and out west. Riding those tough, icy, Midwest days makes the deep days that much better.
3. This one is harder to quantify, but I think it was resolved, overall. I shared many chairs with newcomers and 80-somethings alike. I shared more chairlift stoke and judged less, too. I didn’t say I stopped judging, altogether though. Nobody’s perfect.
In 2020 I resolve to do all of those things again, but I’ll add three more to the list.
I think this could be applied to almost every aspect of my life, but I want translate it to the hill, too.
I resolve to slow down on the hill and enjoy a few more turns. Especially when you’re looking at 140 vertical feet, you need to make the most of it. I charge way too many Midwest laps.
I get so excited to ski that I forget about the modesty of my income. I high-roll too often at resorts, especially out west where it’s all so expensive. It’s hard not to.
I want to pre-pack lunches so I don’t spend $20 on a bowl of chili and I want to pre-pack beers for a parking lot apres, instead of running up a triple-digit bar tab while still wearing my boots.
This might not apply for everyone, but I’m a serial overpacker. I justify every extra sweater and pair of pants when I pack by envisioning impossible scenarios. What happens if I’m invited to some oil baron’s ski-in, ski-out mansion for a dinner party? What will I wear?
If that occurs, I’ll just have to make do. There is no reason for me to lug as much stuff as I do on my ski trips. This year, I want to go light and make the most of what I’ve got.