Greetings, Schweitzer Fans! Has anyone looked outside lately? Ten inches have piled up in the last 24 hours! Talk about a switcheroo from last week’s weather! What better way to send the season off in style than with a huge powder dump? As we head into this last week of operations, I can’t think of conditions more fitting.
If you’ve done your math right, you’ve realized that yes; this is my last blog entry for the season. Don’t cry now. We’ve had a good run, you and I, Schweitzer Fans. Through trials and tribulations, powder dumps and bluebird days, we’ve stuck together as only true Schweitzer Fans can do. I hope that each and every one of you had a fantastic, amazing, mind-blowing season. I hope you slayed pow lines, braved steep chutes and showed some trees who’s boss. And for those of you who are legal age, I hope you raged like you’ve never raged before. Basically, I hope everyone had the best time of their lives making memories any way they could at Schweitzer this season.
This being my third season at Schweitzer, I feel a little like I’ve grown up here. This season was my longest, as I began my new position here at the beginning of September. It was really eye-opening to work at the mountain during the shoulder season. I feel like I have accrued a vast amount of knowledge and experience in just eight short months. Once the season began, things really started to pick up; I feel like I blinked in December and now we’re almost done! It always amazes me how fast the season goes by when you’re not looking. Is anyone else feeling that panic of not riding enough days? I know I am! Fortunately, those of us who are worried still have six days left after today. I might have to break my usual routine and go out after my snow report shift. I usually head straight home. See: my 3:30am wakeup call. That is one thing about this season I am probably not going to miss too much.
There will be many things that I do miss, however. First and foremost are all the amazing people who live and work in our little mountain community! There really is something special about the people who call this place home. Everyone is always thrilled to be out here in the snow, making magic and showing guests this place we love. When it really comes down to it, people are what really make or break a ski resort. Terrain, snow and location are all important, but at the end of the day the attitude and vibe are what really counts.
And of course, I’ll miss riding my favorite mountain in the world. Yes that’s right, I said it. THE WORLD. THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD. Why go anywhere else when this is in your backyard? It’s always a thrill to look back on a season and see how much I’ve progressed, and this season is no different. Oddly enough, I feel like my breakthrough day came when I hit the hill after a few (or more) libations and just tore. It. Up. Funny how it works that way…
And excluding the early wakeup, I think I will miss snow reporting. There’s just something about wandering around in the dark thinking, not sure if it’s snowing… or if the wind is just blowing snow around… that really sticks with a person. Spending countless hours alone at the crack of dawn with the pressure of tons of snow-report psychos breathing down your neck builds character, no doubt about it.
Whatever memories you made this season, keep them close to your heart Schweitzer Fans. Being out here is a beautiful thing! I’m not sure where my next adventure will take me, but wherever it is I’ll be taking Schweitzer with me.