Après Bucket List—Mid Season Recap
There’s no easy to way to say this, so I’m just going to lay it out there: The 2016-2017 après-ski season is already halfway over.
I know. I wasn’t ready to hear it either. And while I consider myself a glass-half-full kind of guy, it’s hard not to feel like I haven't made the most of the ski season – even if it hasn't stopped snowing since late-November and I've already skied 67 days.
With the first day of February marking the unofficial ski season midpoint, today is the perfect time to take a minute or two and reflect upon the first half of the 2016-2017 ski season.
What have I been up to you ask? Well, lucky for you, I created a film crew to follow myself around and keep track of my season. Take a look at Powderhound Matt's highlights from the first half of the 2016-2017 Utah Ski Season. Then watch my recap below. Make sure to borrow a pen from the cocktail waitress and start taking notes on that bar napkin next you.
Ok, now. Sit back down, stop cheering, wipe away those tears of joy, and pull out your official Après Adam Utah Après-Ski Bucket List (or print one here) that you keep in your wallet, take notes on your first half the the season, and start making plans for the second-half.
Here’s my mid-season report card:
- Days Skied: 67
- Days Après-skied: 67. Obviously.
- Powder days skied: all of them
- Shot Skis Taken: Who really keeps track?
- Injuries: Two permanently numb big toes, pulled ab muscles, cracked ribs, separated shoulder, messed-up ankle
The Après Adam Utah Après-Ski Bucket List:
Après Adam’s Mid-season Progress Report: 35/100
Only one word can sum up my performance at the halfway point of the season: Bad! Failing. Poor ratings.
I have to be honest, even if my Après Ski Conditioning Program were to become part of the Common Core (I’m counting on you, Betsy DeVos), I wouldn’t even be qualified to teach my own course. It’s obvious that I have my work cut out for me in the second half of the season. With only 75 days left before the resorts start closing, I need to start making the most of every après-tunity that comes my way.
Fortunately for me, we all have a few things working in our favor as spring approaches:
- It can’t keep snowing forever… can it? I hope it does.
- The days are getting longer. That means more time to, both, ski, and après-ski.
- With an above average snowpack in Utah, the spring season should be all-time.
- Tourist season peaks around President’s Day and starts to wind down and life will be less hectic
- Springtime is a great time to find discounts at the resorts
- Spring Gruv kicks off at Park City Mountain in March
- Snowbird is also discounted lodging and lift ticket packages
- The second half of the season is when the locals get their chance to get out and make the most of their favorite ski areas. There’s never a shortage of reasons to have a good time.
It’s not going to be easy, but it’s ok, I’m a Professional Après-Skier. This is what I get paid to do*. I’ll see you on the slopes… or at least the slope-side bar. Cheers! (* - Alternative Fact).