I believe there are only 3 seasons; ski season, post-ski season and pre-ski season. Right now we are sitting in post ski season. You may ask, how are there only three seasons? Let me explain.
Ski season begins for me when Snowbird opens (some time in November) and ends when Snowbird closes (this can be any time between May 1st on a bad year all the way to July 4th on a great year). When Snowbird closes, post-ski season begins. This season is usually short but feels long because I can’t ski and the blue/red boxes won’t take me to the top of the mountain anymore. This season has become my least favorite; it’s too hot, I have to do yard work, and water my lawn. This post-ski season ends Labor day weekend, my favorite non-ski weekend of the year.
This all began for me with with Sniagrab in 1997 when I bought my first pair skis. Today I would not shop at Sniagrab; it’s too expensive and they don’t have nearly the goods they used to. Now Labor day weekend is looked forward to because it’s back to work at Level Nine Sports for the season. This will be my 8th season with them; great shop, great deals, and great people.
As you can guess, pre-ski season is great; the temperature drops, ski magazines are on the shelves, new skis have arrived at the shops and people are waiting for winter. With this being August I am glad that summer is almost gone. There is still a while before ski season starts and there is more mountain biking to be done, but lets just say I won’t miss the heat of summer and I cant wait to hear the sound of bindings snapping my boots to my skis.