So this past weekend I did end up going to the Welch Village ski patrol tryouts. There was an informational meeting and then you did a ski tryout. The informational meeting was great and it was a bummer for me at the same time. After listening to the meeting I decided not to ski because there was no way that I would be able to dedicate the kind of time that they were asking for. I was really bummed, I really wanted to be a patroller, but it would have become my life starting next fall and not ending till April of next year. The training process is very intense and that is fine but it is a huge time commitment. A huge one, the first aid class is 2 nights a week starting in September for 4-5 hours a night and runs for 3 months. Then after Welch opens for skiing you are required to patrol one shift a week and then you have to be there every Saturday for 12 weeks for on slope training. That is what killed it for me. The first aid class would be great and I would have no issues or problems with that. But 12 Saturdays in the winter means that I don’t do anything but ski at Welch all winter. No trips and that idea doesn’t fly with me and it is not fair to Melissa. I also started thinking, that even though being a patroller would be great, I wonder if it would begin to turn skiing into a job and ruin it for me. That I don’t want that at all. I love skiing and I never want it to feel like a chore. So I spoke with one of the guys running the tryout, told him my position and said that I was withdrawing my name. He understood, seemed disappointed, as was I but understood. I drove home bummed out. Oh well…
The weather has changed here, it went from winter to spring in a couple days, the temps have been in the 50’s and today there is a chance at 60… That will pretty much spell doom for skiing around here. The snow is melting fast and I am sad about it, but I guess that is the way it goes. There are things that I am looking forward to for the summer. I really want to do some camping again this summer and Melissa and I have talked about some long weeks out and about camping so that should be fun. I also want to do some indoor rock climbing at Vertical Endeavors this summer. I used to do a lot of climbing a few years ago but got out of it and I would like to do it again. Also I guess I will ride my bikes some this year as well.
In other news, I have a life goal list of 68 things that I want to do before I die. I made this list about 2 years ago and I look at it every month or so, I was able to cross 2 more things off of it after my trip to Big Sky. I skied the runs Liberty Bowl and Wardance. With that my total of life adventures is currently at 63… Man I need more vacation time.
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