October is here. We are planning for winter and there is talk of skis and bindings in the staff dining room, and we woke to snow in the Zirkels. It’s officially fall here in Clark with the aspens changing, but for most part, it means one thing is truly coming soon…SNOW!
It’s funny how the first snowfall, no matter how small, is like a Christmas present; it makes everyone giggly with joy of the prospect of a new ski season. For most of the country, it just means bad driving with maybe the highlight of no school, but here, it means so much more with skiing and snowshoeing. It could mean snowshoeing this year up Home Mountain to see a different view of the valley, trying out telemark skiing with our guides, or just enjoying a glass of wine in your hot tub!
After last winter, I’ve found a new appreciation for snow with the great chance to have fresh powder on a ski day. Powder day is amazing, I had no idea what I was missing until I skied a full day in fresh powder, either cross country or downhill (even better back to back!). I have new goals as well, thanks to powder. I know I will never be as good as the screaming fast local school kids that skate-ski around the meadow five times faster than I ever would hope to, but I will try. My new goal is to master every blue on the mountain (now YOU can too in January with our ski deal) and to master skate-skiing around our meadow loop without falling. If those balls of white furry can, I can too!
With the changing of the colors and the cooler nights, one thing is happening for sure, snow is coming. By the time, you get here in December, we will have miles of groomed ski trails and have the chance to learn what the Elk River Valley is all about in the winter! Oh, and who could forget another part of a winter vacation at the ranch – coming in for Chef Clyde’s soups and salads at lunch! So, come join me on the meadow loop and I promise you, it is worth every cold chill; even though it might be white, it’s pure gold!