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Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by Annabuzzy, Jul 28, 2017.
Then onsen, repeat daily
I took to skiing late and really pushed myself to catch up to my +1 who'd been skiing and boarding since he was four. I spent lots of money on lessons and got to the point a few years ago where I could ski most of the blacks at Hotham, which I was pretty stoked with.
I'm now experiencing severe hip issues (deformation, arthritis, torn cartilage) and looking at having a bilateral hip replacement in the next few years - I'm 34. I still want to ski before and after this happens. I don't need to push myself and try to conquer the mountain anymore. I don't need to push myself to ski black runs to feel I'm getting the most out of the sport. I don't need to be an 'expert' to feed my ego. I took up skiing cos it was fun and I liked the feeling that came with gliding down the mountain comfortably. It's taken a while to come around to it mentally, but I'm okay with it if I only ski greens and easy blues from now on to keep recapturing this feeling.
I don't do booze or drugs. does that mean I'll never get past beginner ski level?
Nah, just means your first run each morning shouldn't hurt like hell and end in a little re-set puke
^^Just as I was about to ask why so many people on here make alcohol such a large part of skiing!
And that is the addiction. I feel sorry for people who have not managed to feel this feeling.
Although Tele is an even better feeling than all the others, so I feel sorry for a lot of people. But at least if you board or alpine, you have had a taste!
I only drink when sociable.
I am a very sociable person
But, honestly, it verges on tragic, the amount of forum space devoted to alcohol - great example for any kids wandering in here to learn about snow and skiing. Over in one of the Japanese threads, there's whole pages devoted to someone's desperate, (no exaggeration), quest to obtain alcohol before arriving at their destination. Again, great example for the kids!
I'm still not sure how I feel about skiing.
As a child skier it wasn't voluntary.
It's more like and old friend. one that I remain wary of to this day.
Needs ice and codeine
Given I haven't had a single alcoholic drink this month - and I'm not doing dry July - I'm not all that worried about my alcoholism.
Kids don't come here to learn about skiing. They are hanging out on FB where they talk about wonderful party drugs.
To much inside tip lead
Nah , apparently Instagram is the go .
....and food. Don't forget food!
I thought they were the same thing kinda sorta.
And I don't think it's either they're using - more like snapchat.
I got no idea about any of that shit. It's all brain rot as far as I can tell.
Just not to Snowtown...
Food is Miss B's department.
And too much ski suit.
Alcohol has always been a strong part of ski culture, at least in australia. It's not compulsory though. I will enjoy drinking gluehwein and schnapps when I'm in the snow. At the lodge with friends we enjoy a few drinks before and during dinner - beer, spirits, red, white, bubbles, stickies, fortifieds. No one has to drive home do it's a chance to enjoy a range of drinks without worrying about .05. A beer is a very good cool down drink after skiing on a warm day. A red is a great warmer on a cold night. A schnapps is the fastest way to take away the frozen nose and ear feeling on a snowy day.
I don't care if kids see adults enjoying alcohol in this way. It's probably better than the alcohol culture they see in other places.
In over a decade at our ski club I've never seen anyone obnoxiously drunk or violent.
Does codeine take the edge off the ice ?
I can't even remember if I am any good at skiing, always too drunk....
A mix of all 3 depending on the circumstances. Snapchat has the advantage of being gone after 24 hours. My mogul skier had the experience of immigration taking his phone when he re-entered USA. They went through all his facebook messages. Apparently it was painful. Not sure what they would make of the current family conversation where my youngest is ranting about his "drug dealer" flat mate in Uni accommodation.
I wish! Really pissed me off when the drunks that woke us up at 4am complained about the kids making some noise at 7am.
Oh sweet revenge!
I think people drink at the snow because they are on a big exciting annual holiday.
If you are there every weekend and no longer 24 years old it's a bit less exciting.
Well that's rude.
If they can give it, they should also suck it up...
I'm a firm believer in 12mn-6am shhhhh!!!!! Lower your voices. Unless it's enclosed in a bar/restaurant or other private facility where it's not carrying to sleeping people. Outside of that, might be annoying personally, but it's fair game.
You need to lighten up a little, this an internet forum not a counseling session.
Last week I only drank twice. Mon thru Thurs, Fri thru Sun.
Not having a beer or three after a great days skiing would be like having a honeymoon on your own.
^^And there it is!
I was never very good, well not even good but did like skiing. A total non-athlete and quite uncoordinated but I surprised myself and siblings when I showed an interest in it, finding the non-judgemental democratic nature of the activity being useful for challenging my self perceptions in this regard. It was also a good excuse to take trips abroad for in the window of year after the kids had finished private school and before losing endurance with advancing years.
After peaking a few years back, in a Mt Selwyn sense of the word 'peak', I'm heading down the other side at a great rate of knots in terms of loss of enjoyment. A trip too many with a relative of my wife along on the one hand and loss of fitness on the other hand, as my time looking after the grand-kids increased, meaning less time for getting fit enough, saw to that and a recent trip taking in a ski improvement camp brought that home to me.
Local skiing has been all but impossible because that same refocus means I spend all winter with bronchitis, caught from the little guys who attend daycare. So when I might get a break from grandpa duties I'm often too crook for a day trip with my even older ski buddies.
However I do hope to come back to it in a two or three years, most likely at Selwyn, taking said little guys there to give them an intro and have fun with them. The younger of the two just loves slopes, the steeper the better, saying 'wweeeeeeee' heading down the side of the car park or on steeper parts of walks in the nature reserve up the back.
I think he will be a boarder though as he loves to slide in the gravel, facing sideways, right foot forward.
Some people don't need alcohol to have fun. I've been on a number of ski holidays and not had one drop of alcohol for 3-4 weeks.
The thrill of skiing, being on mountain with my kids plus some private time with the wife at the end of the day ( ) , are much better than a few beers in my books. Different strokes for different folks I guess.
Drink, don't drink, it bothers me not.
Although I do a double take every time I pop into say Merrits at Thredbo for an early coffee circa 10am, only to see someone chugging down their first beer.
10am? Really? You plan to ski all day pissed?
I need some private time with your wife to verify the claim.
Alcohol numbs the inner ear so your hearing is attenuated and your sense of balance likewise.
Not a good mix with skiing unless you ski real well to begin with and can cover your mistakes.
While your balance might be adversely impacted, does the relaxing effects make you absorb the bumps better?
Booze does not help you ski in any way shape or form. Might make you THINK you ski better, but you don't.
Having said that an Après drink or two is harming no one. Dependency is a problem, enjoying a drink ocassionally is not.
No, but it might relieve the pain a bit.
Tongue in cheek peoples Tongue in cheek-sheeeshhh.
A ski rescue guy at Hotham once told me that a lot of accidents are either pissed blokes, or women abandoned by their pissed bloke partners, who have dragged them onto a run where they shouldn't be, and who have then skied off and left them halfway down. "Don't be such a baby! It's easy, just follow me."
There is a lot of drinking at ski resorts. Some people even manage to fit fine skiing in amongst the drinking!!!
But the resorts make money whether they ski or not and the longer they're in the bar the less time they're clogging up runs so I say "have another beer. Settle in. It's cold outside. Stay where you are"!!!
Drinking and skiing isn't just an Australian tradition, the Europeans love it also. When I was in Austria a few years ago the locals often had a 'warming schnapps' on particularly cold mornings
I say that to my wife and kids when I'm completely sober! It hasn't ended in tears yet.
I would never drink during my ski day but a few beers at night reliving the day is heaven. Is there a better feeling of being physically spent and downing a beer?
Some would see it as pathetic.......................but I don't really care.
This thread needs an EPIRB.
It seems to have lost its way.
skiing itself is fantastic, but living in the snow (if only for a few days) is pretty special too. socialising and eating together is an important part of ski culture, whether you drink alcohol or not