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Optimal days skiing in a season

Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by Annabuzzy, Aug 21, 2019.

  1. Annabuzzy

    Annabuzzy Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    At the considerable risk of being branded “not a real skier”, or not keen enough, I’m just going to put it out there...I wouldn’t want to ski every day in the season. I like to do other things (like surf). I also think some relative scarcity makes me enjoy it more.

    So for me I precisely estimate my optimal days on skis at between 30 and 40. Somewhere in that range. Preferably over week or two week periods as I hate the 6 hour drive each way.

    Thoughts?
     
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    optimal is skiing all the best days of the season but not stuck on the mountain with cabin fever on the crap days
     
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    I think 30-40 would be ace. Have only managed that on the seasons I lived in Jindy, though.

    Must re-prioritise a few life choices, methinks....
     
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    Not sure about the number of days, but I like the fact that skiing is a seasonal sport that has a clear off-season. It was one reason I chose to introduce my daughter to skiing at age 4 instead of horseback riding. Riding, in the sense of taking lessons and doing it on a regular schedule, is a year-round activity where we live. She did learn to ride before high school as well, but not until after she was completely hooked as an advanced skier before middle school.
     
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    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Did 120 (plus or minus 5) the year before last and still cried when I drove out of the village.

    PB and I tried to ski every day even if it was just two first up laps, or a hike up a closed little local in the evening with a head torch for one run down in between the big days.

    I think @chicski has it.
    N+1
     
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    N+1 for sure!!
     
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    Boodwah One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Significant birthday year had me vow to ski every month of the year, so far so good. Thinking I might see just how long I can continue it - if you’ve got your next ski adventure locked in, that’s a very fine thing.
     
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    Laska Goralska One of Us

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    Between two kids, full time work, uni studies which seem to never end, a job that doesn't pay squillions and a non-skiing wife who prioritises holidays away from the snow, I'm lucky to get between 15-20 days.

    This is optimal for me in the circumstances, but if I had a choice, unlimited flexibility at work, a stack more time, a stack more money, the benchmark of what's optimal would probably look a lot different and would be a hell of a lot more than 15-20 days.

    Optimal is relative.
     
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    Sage Oya Like the herb, lover of Pabst, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    120 days is amazing! We’re averaging about 50-60 days per calendar year across the northern and southern hemi winters. Would love to do 100+ one year :love:
     
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  12. Annabuzzy

    Annabuzzy Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    I should add by the way my optimal days call is just for the Oz season. I’d also add on days overseas.

    I find after 3-4 weeks overseas I’m ready for a break. However, it may be that I just need to recharge with a week off and then be keen as mustard to get out there again. I’ve never been flush with enough cash and spare time to test that theory. But I would say based on realistic time and money expectations another 30-40 days on snow in say Japan, would be optimal on top of my 30-40 days in Oz.
     
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    Get the kids hooked on skiing. Then you can all "vote" on holiday destinations. Problem solved at least wrt +1's preference for non snow destinations. :whistle:.

    Edit: may have unintended consequences.
     
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    Laska Goralska One of Us

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    Roger. Currently working on getting 5yo down for another day on snow this year, 3yo to start next winter.

    In the meantime the pro-snow propaganda has been flowing constantly to both!
     
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    I'd say 20 for me in bounds and 10 touring. But 20 of picking the eyes out of fresh snow systems and the 10 on bluebird follow up days.

    But this is the perspective having to drive 620km each way. Would be more if I were closer. If I was local I'd have no issue doing plenty of days just skiing groomers for the first 2 hours and going home.
     
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    We usually do 30-40 days but the 235km drive makes shorter stints much doable, it’s completely feasible, if slightly exhausting to ski every weekend. But I prefer to do it it over 3-4 day stints, with one week if/when the forecast looks great.

    We don’t ski much early in the season because work is busy, the snowpack is generally still building and the weather can be a bit miserable.

    So unlike the families who are unfortunately forced to ski too much too early due to school holidays / interschools etc and are done by this time of year, our skiing is strongly skewed into the second half of August and September.
     
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    My optimal would be 30+ days in the Japanese season....
    I have to fit work in around it. SO they have me going to Madrid for 6 days in the middle of January!!! :tany:

    My season usually looks like: 2 x 7-9 day stretches, plus as many 3 day weekend as I can get. And a 4-5 day stint around Xmas NY.
     
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    So many variables and ways to look at this... e.g. if one didn't have to work, would the answer be 'every day' of the SH, NH seasons? Probably not (burn-out). If work is required but could be done remotely then re-locate for seasons at a time. If work ties to a desk in Melb/Syd then it's how much leave to use.

    I think the answer is somewhere between two weeks and a season (the latter of which I've done two).
     
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    Ok, so here is where I'm at. Got myself back into skiing last year after 10 years absent. Kids in yr 4 and 6 at school. Done 20 days thus far this year including last week which was 5.5 days off school. Got another week off school late September to go to NZ for skiing. But going to be hard to get school time trips approved over next eight yrs as kids work their way through high school. Moral of the story is make the most of the primary school years when it comes to skiing. High school years gonna be such a drag.
     
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    60-80 or disappointed.
     
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    For me it's a quality v quantity discussion.

    a). 30 days in the same resort, same accom, skiing the same runs, the same lifts, mixing things up with a diversion through trees or bumps. Familiar senses and environment.

    is a very different ski experience to

    b). 30 days across a few different ski areas, unfamiliar places, testing terrain, maybe languages and culture. Requires more effort, planning and money. But more challenge and experiences.​

    We've done a few (a) ski hols. For the social side, or young kids, or some people just love a ski area.

    Personally, and for the people I ski with, it's been mainly (b) ski trips for a few decades.
     
  22. Laska Goralska

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    Sound advice teleroo.

    I'm at this stage trying to make the most of my youngest still being too young to ski and therefore almosty halving my costs when it comes to family ski days!

    Next year will be easier for me to get down there, but will be tempered by the additional expense of getting one more pair of legs clicked in to some skis!

    Welcome back to skiing BTW!
     
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    This is a nice life rule to live by. Hope is a beautiful thing and an antidote to all manner of badness.
     
  24. Annabuzzy

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    Wow!!
     
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    Annabuzzy Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    That would be great but it’s just not financially feasible for us. We buy a discounted season pass and that dictates the calls thereafter.

    We used to swap between resorts every two years. Probably time to do that again
     
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    Well..... this may not be a popular reply.

    I retired several years ago so I could ski. Family has been looked after so needed a retirement plan. Far better than getting old sitting in a club or being a sedentary old so and so doing nothing to stay healthy.

    Assuming I stay do stay healthy, my intention is to ski 100 times plus this season. I say times as using the word days conjures up a view that it’s all day. And it’s not. Could be a few ski runs or a lot. Depends on conditions, company, crowds etc.

    I ski in resort, out of resort when I feel like it and where it suits.

    The resort will close and there’s going to be plenty of touring options. So 100 times is doable. Today was 75 for this season.

    Come December it’s 6 weeks skiing in Europe.
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Go get it my friend .
     
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    i think its less about the number of days too.
    single days here and there mean you barely get your legs back and you're driving home again.
    id recommend anyone do one long stint, for as long as possible, rather than just maximizing the number of days.

    my first 30 days living at a ski resort saw HUGE improvements in my skiing. i thought i was already top shit (oh the hilarity), wasn't trying to improve, wasnt taking lessons, wasnt even skiing all day. but just the fact that I had sticks on my feet every single day meant that my brain finally gives up and dedicated the last 3 brain cells i had left to skiing and suddenly magic happens.
    the improvement became soo noticeable every day and it was such a great feeling and ultra addictive.
     
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    yeah!
     
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    As many days as possible when I’m not sick or injured!
     
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    Hmmm. Good topic.
    Optimal, for me, is a difficult mistress as I have, you know, work.
    In my best seasons it was around the 40 mark for southern and 10-14 northern.
    My least optimal was in 2017 when I had a season ending dsic herniation that required surgery. That year I had one (southern) day.
    It's tough, though, as I'm a Sydneysider. It's a weekend commitment, each weekend throughout the season....but oh so worth it.
    In the future, I would like to cash in on LSL and take the Friday and Mondays off during the season. How ggod would that be?
     
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    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    ^^^^^this, hopefully, will be me one day (soon-ish)
     
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    Wrong question
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not.
    You’d be better off taking the LSL in a chunk in August and getting way better skiing weekdays, and surviving the weekends.
    Or if you have to do 2 days added to weekends do Thursday and Friday. You’ll get parking, great skiing Thursday and Friday and then can put up with the weekend queues because your legs will be toast by then anyway.
     
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    we do pretty much every weekend, and this year I took the week off for school holidays. So did that too.

    Wife is a noob and this is only her third season, but she is hooked. The kids are snow junkies too, which is great so the season is full on for us. I just wish I could ski more during the week too.
     
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    Yep, I could do that. SO many options.
     
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    Last year, I did every day of the Perisher season. 123 days consecutive, meeting a personal challenge and matching my 2014 season best.

    Clearly...., it was too much.


    But I liked it! :)
     
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    For the last 20 odd years our famiy has lived at the beach.
    Can fit in a surf every day of the week all year round (if there are waves).
    Then do about 30 days a year skiing/snowboarding....on holiday.
    Seems to work ...........I like it!!!
     
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    Longest I have done in a row is 4 weeks - 1 week at Alta & Snowbird and 3 weeks at Jackson. In the 3rd week I was getting a bit selective, skiing short days and missing some days if conditions were a tad dodgy. In the 4th week I realised that home was looming and upped the keenness.
     
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    I have done 3 season. and to be honest i didn't ski as much as i should. When i worked in thredbo and lived in jindy, some days i just couldn't be farked going up the hill.

    One season i put my hand up whenever the guy in our group headed to Denver for Dr appt, just to get the hell out of dodge!

    i def learnt that i like city living and weekend warrior-ing. however i have missed some epic days on hill even being a weekend warrior and this year was supposed to be THE season i didn't miss a storm....
     
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    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Biggest year for me was 2015. Perisher app tells me I did 39 days (I work full time too) and there would have been a day at Thredbo and one at Buller. Plus we spent 10 days in Rusutsu earlier in the year.

    This year 11 days so far and 1 cross country. Weekend warrior-ing does not suit me!
     
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    what happened to night skiing and first tracks?
     
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    interesting.

    Last year I didn't I was pumping out full days everytime on the mountain. This year I have skied a bit more but noticed I am a bit more relaxed in my approach. Doing shorter days, longer lunches and stopping for coffee breaks.
     
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    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    There was that weekend where the V8 stopped and first tracks was cxl. Then another where I did first tracks but no night. Otherwise day trips.
     
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    Weekend warrior-ing takes its toll on me. Every weekend in winter, from Sydney to Perisher. I never look forward to the drive down, but when I get up to the hill on Saturday morning, it's usually with a smile on my face. The past couple of years, with the bloat in visitors, I have felt like its a race to the car park. That tends to take the shine off a bit.
     
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    After nearly 40 years for me its quality over quantity.
    I can hear the howling already but honestly actually get bored skiing average stuff too long.
    Unfortunately getting a bit fussy about snow quality after some of the steep Main range spring conditions ,lbc and heliskiing powder experiences.
     
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    If I had 40 years of it I may be the same. Can’t criticise that unless you’ve walked those shoes or skied those skis.

    I’m 14 years in.
    The first 5 were just full of the pain of learning the basics. I think the last 4 has been full of woo-hoo! And I’d like some more please :p
    Even if it’s a crowded concrete day.
     
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    I've skied for around 40 years, and as you know, I try to get out at 8.30am and finish after 4pm.
    :D
     
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