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Skier, mountain biker, water lover, restaurant manager, business owner, and expert of all things apres! I live in the greatest place on Earth, Park City, Utah. From Lake Tapps, WA.
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Après Adam turned 6 today! Six years since I wrote my very first blog post on AdamFehr.com.
I’d like to thank all of my loyal readers: Tiff, Byron, Grant, and some guy I’ve never met in Germany!
There’s still some pretty good snow out there
Beautiful day to go for a walk in the backcountry
Skiing pow on 9990 today at @canyonsresort (at Canyons Resort)
The day before Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving Eve?), I worked in the morning before meeting a buddy and heading over to Solitude for some groomer laps in the sun. It was a beautiful day, with temps in the 40’s and just a few clouds in the sky.
After sharing a beer in the parking lot, we skied a few laps on the recently opened Eagle Lift, finding some old, untouched snow hidden under some small shrubbery. We skied a few more groomers before posting up on the deck of Moonbeam Lodge. I worked on my goggle tan and enjoyed my first Apres-ski session of the season.
Driving home, Mike and I were lured in by Silver Fork Lodge’s “Apres-ski $11.00 Pitcher Special.” We forced them to seat us outside on the deck and we shared a pitcher and ate some lunch until the sun disappeared behind Silver Fork Canyons.
Another backyard ski tour with the puppy dog. I worked all day and managed to get home and take the dog for a skin behind the house. I didn’t ski for two hours and I didn’t reach the proper amount of vertical that others require when labeling a day a Ski Day. Whatever.
I had fun.
Alta opened a few weeks ago. It was a Friday and I was stuck at work. Fridays are typically busy, busy enough that I don’t have time to check Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. This particular Friday in early November, was less busy than usual. Knowing that Alta was opening for the season, I couldn’t help but check the various social media outlets to see how conditions were as the lifts opened.
At some point, I decided to get my shift covered and I ran home to grab my gear and made the drive to Alta. I got there just in time, as most of the crowds had spent the morning cruising groomers on Collins.
We spent the day searching for powder stashes, taking some photos and video and having an all-around awesome time.
The past two Alta Openers have been really memorable days. What a fun resort and a great time to get out and ski the best inbounds skiing in Utah so far.
Sam and I went for a ski tour… in the backyard. Due to long overdue lifestyle changes in the past year I anticipate a significant decrease in my ski days this upcoming season. Thus, I’m counting pretty much anything I do on skis as a ski day.
Everyone seems to have a different rule when it comes to counting ski days. There’s the “two-hour rule.” Which makes sense but falls apart when looked at a little closer. Does driving to-and-from the resort count? What about time spent in lift lines and on chairlifts? What if you get to the mountain and lodge-hog it for a couple hours? Does Apres-ski count towards those two hours? See what I mean? Too many questions left unanswered. Plus, I don’t want to go back and start eliminating past days that I counted whilst skiing for less than 120 minutes. Like those 90 minute days. Or that quick sidecountry ski tour that wrapped up in two hours. Or my first day at Brighton where I waited in line for a half hour, skied a run, and headed home. Or that time I skied one run at Canyons but spent six hours at the Umbrella Bar and forgot how to ski?
I’ve also heard the “500 feet of vertical rule.” I tend to agree more with this idea, but it’s not something I’m going to subscribe to. Why do ski days need vertical requirements? What if you build a jump and spend a whole day sessioning it, never descending a full 500 feet? What about those poor kids from the midwest that ski on less than 500 vertical feet of snow-covered garbage? I didn’t do any research, but I bet there’s a couple hills that qualify. And why 500? Because it’s a round number. Sounds like some arbitrary number picked out of thin air. There’s no science behind it, so I’m not falling for it.
A combination of these rules? I’m not here to do math and I’m not going to put together an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of my ski days.
So I’m going to wing it. If I feel it should count as a day, I’m going to consider it a day. And all of you keeping score out there (read: no one) can just deal with it. Or maybe I’ll just start exaggerating…
Day 6: Sam and I skied some gnarly backcountry (trail behind the house) last Sunday. We barely made it back before dark (we started at 5pm) and we got a ton of first (only) tracks.
We even found a sick jump (rope swing) to practice our triple corks (grabs) on.
Milly is officially open at @brightonresort #powderposse @skiutah
Beautiful (and slightly chilly) birthday ski day at @canyonsresort Hopefully 9990 will be opening soon!
So this is what 18 below zero morning looks like (at Park City Bread & Bagel - Pinebrook)
Solitude in the morning and backyard skiing with the little guy this afternoon. Hell of a day.
@iskideeppow skiing deep pow today at @skisolitude @skiutah @snocru (at Solitude Mountain Resort)
Headed up to the cabin (at Thousand Peaks Ranch)