Expectation: The act or state of expecting: ANTICIPATION

Veruca Salt wanted an Oompa Loompa now, daddy! She wanted a golden goose now, daddy! She didn t want to wait. She wouldn t settle for anything less.

Spoiled: To pamper excessively, to coddle

Last year, I went to Alta. I arrived on Sunday. Early Wednesday morning, mother nature released the mother load. Four inches an hour for nine hours. Thursday, the resort was closed. Friday was a blue bird singing sweetly to the tune of thirty-six inches of fresh Wasatch fluff. Spoiled?

Disenchanted: To free from illusion

Really, I am to blame for living the illusion. I went back to Alta this year expecting the same fat powder session I experienced last year. The snow wasn't there. Sure the first three days were good. Better than most days at my local hill, but nowhere near the high water mark of last year or the year before. When you are lucky enough to descend through 2,000 feet of thirty-six inches of fluff, you get spoiled.

Some locals only ski the fat days because they can. They have that luxury. I ski in the rain. I ski once or twice a week. Some days it s good. Usually the hill is skied out and hard. Poor me, whatever. I m still skiing. The views, when you can see, are amazing. And when it's sunny and clear here in the Northwest, there s no place quite like it. Poor me. I m skiing.

Content: To limit oneself in requirements

I was bummed that Alta didn't get a huge fluff producing storm, and I even whined a bit to my buddy. He understood my pain, however surface it may have been. I went to Utah on vacation. I skied some of the most challenging terrain around, and I had fun. Sure the snow wasn't heroic, but I was skiing. Obviously, the conditions can t be perfect all the time, but to be out there doing what you love to do, in any conditions, is the goal. No matter what. I want the deep pow. I might even need it on some level, but what I really need is to ski, to be out in the mountains dropping knees.

Pat

 

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