On Friday Julia and I spent the day at Alpine Meadows skiing in a fundraiser for the Wounded Warriors Project. It was a lovely day except for one thing. The snow was TERRIBLE. It was a chunky slushy mess that was really difficult to navigate. You know the kind of snow that you can be gliding along in and suddenly your skis just stop but your body keeps going? It was that kind of snow. In other words: a hazard to my ACLs.
I keep my skis well-tuned and waxed (my resident waxer is my 14-year-old son who learned to care for his skis when he raced) but the wax he had laid down didn’t last long in the sloppy slush.
At lunch we went into the ski shop and picked up some Zardoz NOTwax wipes. How have I never tried these things before? Picture little hand-cleaning wipes that are covered with a slick teflon formula. You just swipe the product the bottom of the ski and voila!! No more skiing like a weeble who can wobble but not fall down! For the rest of the afternoon it was smooth sailing.
For an in between waxes quick fix, AMAZING.
This is the time of year when lots of resorts offer passes for the following winter season at screaming deals. For some of them all you have to do it put down a deposit and you can pay the rest in the fall. Here’s a sampling:
Now that Vail Resorts owns 8 resorts in Tahoe and Colorado, maybe this is a season to plan a road trip. Even the most expensive pass, the $659 Epic Pass, is a good deal considering there are no blackout dates. If you’re willing to give up some holiday periods or other high-traffic days, you can do a lot better. Put $49 by April 15th to get the best price: Snow.com.
At Tahoe’s Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows. A dual-mountain pass is $379 to $729 depending on blackout periods: SquawValleyUSA.
Ski at Winter Park, Mary Jane and Copper Mountain SkiColorado with the Super Pass for $419. All that’s required is $49 down: SkiColorado.
Snowbomb.com is one of my favorite sites for picking up all sorts of ski-related deals. You can find decent discounts on 1 or multi-day tickets, plus deals on ski tuning and rentals. Snowbomb deals are mostly limited to California and Nevada resorts, but the company’s sister site, LiftTickets.com offers deals in Utah and Colorado.
I’m not as familiar with resorts on the East Coast, but at OnTheSnow, there are lots of deals for Vermont.
And did you know that if you buy your tickets online via LiftTopia — a site that offers tickets at resorts all over the world — you can save up to 80%?
Did you get your money’s worth on your ski pass this season?
Julia and I played hooky on Friday and headed to Alpine Meadows to participate a ski-a-thon fundraiser for The Wounded Warrior Project. We joined our friends the Kips who are dedicated to the annual event. Phelps Kip is an orthopedic surgeon in Reno who has worked with the U.S. Ski Team for many years, and for the last three years he and the Sierra Regional Spine Institute have also been major supporters of the annual WWP event. My husband Rob is a Navy veteran and so the Wounded Warriors is an organization that we enthusiastically support.
Wounded Warriors offers veterans a range of life-enhancing services, including a sponsored vacation that gives veterans a vacation and the opportunity to learn a new sport…skiing, snowboarding, sled hockey and golf among them. At Alpine Meadows, which has a world-renowned adaptive ski program, WWP teams up with Disabled Sports USA, to work with the veterans.
We gathered in the main lodge at Alpine Meadows at 8:00 a.m. and were each given a GPS unit that we were to keep on all day so our runs could be tracked and tallied (the team who got the most runs won a prize). We were given a list of chairlifts we had to ride two times each. From there is was up to us to decide which runs we wanted to take. Since harder runs earned higher points, the girls picked out a challenging series for us.
The conditions were challenging. The snow was Sierra Cement like you read about. Boot high slush that was very tough to turn in. But we made the best of it and completed our 14 runs in, well, not exactly record time (4.5 hours, including a leisurely lunch break).
All in all it was a great day in honor of a very worthy cause.
This video gives more detail about the event and Wounded Warriors: