While I may not be a pro rider, what I lack in experience, I more than make up for in passion. My love for snowboarding can fuel a small village. I have built endurance and I work my ass off for it. I don’t ride with guts – I’m afraid of steep and speed. I definitely don’t ride with skills – got none. I ride with passion – I pour my heart and soul on the slopes! So when you choose to go to Ski Season Opening Day with a girl like me, there are a few questions you should consider NOT asking 🙂 (I mean, I’ve travelled hours to be there – 10 hrs this year to be exact – from Colorado to Wyoming…) And don’t call me no ski bunny 🙂 I may not be a trick pony, but my board is 🙂 #picklestallion
PREVIOUS NIGHT – CAN WE GO TO BED ALREADY?
Expect the response to be an emphatic – NO! Girls are planners. Girls love prepping. All night long I will be mounting bindings and checking angles, testing stances, walking around in my new snowboarding boots to make them softer and comfier, packing up my ski backpack, putting together slope outfits in matching colors, all while praying to the snow gods for powder. I want to ride and I know how I like my gear, so I’ll make sure I have covered all my bases before I goes to sleep.
DAY OF – DO WE HAVE TO BE THERE AT THE CRACK OF DAWN?
Yes – absolutely! If you want to go with me, you better be there for first chair. I’ve been looking forward to the first day of the season for longer than you can possible imagine. I have been waiting for the snow to start falling for months (since May to be exact), better yet I have been praying for it. Skiing/snowboarding is all I think about during the winter months. At work, outside of work, at the gym, even when…yeah you guessed right… I work just to support the habit. I plan my weekends around the weather and mountain conditions, so don’t cut my fun even by an hour, or I may leave you at home to sleep in next time.
LUNCHTIME – WOULD YOU LIKE TO STOP FOR LUNCH AT THE LODGE?
Get these romantic ideas of having a meal with a view of the mountain out of your head. 1) It’s not romantic but crowded, and 2) who needs food when there’s powder. Remember last night? I prepped. When I packed my backpack, I put a couple of protein bars and trail mix in it, as well as a flask of whiskey. I want to be shredding trails and becoming one with Mother Nature, not gathering in the lodge with everyone else, smelling sweaty gear and listening to kids screaming. I may stop for a beer or a hot chocolate with a shot of Fireball, but that’d be at 2pm after the crowds are gone and go back out in to enjoy the final 2 hours of the day.
3PM ARE YOUR LEGS TIRED?
Are you f*cking kidding me? This girl’s got endurance, and she’ll give you a run for your money so you better be ready. I have worked out for months in the gym, stretched with weekly yoga classes, practiced mobility and stability with snow conditioning exercises, I’m ready, I’m here, and I’ll earn my turns if I has to. I ain’t stopping before the lift closes and you better not try to be the party pooper.
AFTER LAST RUN OF THE DAY – WANNA GO HOME?
How about you be cool for once? Girl wants a beer, no, she has earned a couple of beers. I want to smile quietly at people at the bar and reminisce of the amazing day I just had. Or maybe I want to share her joy with others and talk about my runs. I want to think about my style, check stance in pictures or better yet, the videos you took of me to relive it. Either way, let her have it her way. When you decided to take her to the mountain you wanted her to have fun, right?
Bonus tip – girl will only love you extra if the the end of the day you offer her a hot tub and a massage and tuck her in bed. Now that she is home, she is sore and cold. She is a girl after all. So if you plan on taking your girlfriend to the mountain, try NOT ruin it for her, otherwise you won’t hear the end of it…IF you ever hear from her again.
P.S. I wrote this article a few years back for my dear friend Adam’s company Athletes’ Collective. Needless to say my skills have improved and my craziness has only increased exponentially. Thank you, Adam, for giving me the opportunity to share my passion at the very beginning of it!