Carpet Skiing

Post by blogger | November 2, 2010      

Are you excited yet?

I know you are.

Do you hear it? The snow is falling outside…somewhere.

We are all in the same place, no matter our geographic location. The transition from early fall (summer) to late fall (winter) has passed. And what a great start that we are all celebrating record early season snow together this year. Seems everyone is getting Christmas in advance.

Only a week ago we were dreaming of winter. Anxiously anticipating the first snow. In town? On the mountain! Wherever. I had just opened a new set of skis (DPS Wailer 105 if your are wondering). I was at first elated. Then terrified. How long until I could ski them? Do I mount them now, or wait for a base to build? Living room carpet skiing only satisfies you so much.

Then the storm that was supposed to possibly deliver the first flakes of the season proceeded to leave town gray and cold. Sigh.

Then the calls start coming down. “I almost got stuck driving up the mountain to work today.” Really? I doubt it. Then pictures. 12 inches up top. Then 12 at the bottom. Then 30. Two days later: I — AM — SKIING!

So there you have it. The season has begun all over the country, coast to coast. Today I’m satisfied. Tomorrow…do you hear it? Are you excited yet?

Finding the goods in Whitefish, MT. October 27th, 2010.

(Guest blogger profile: Dave Downing and his wife Jessica live in Whitefish, MT, where he is a freelance designer and owner of Ovid Nine Graphics Lab. Dave has been told that there is nothing to see or ski in Montana, so please move along.)


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8 Responses to “Carpet Skiing”

  1. Patrick Odenbeck November 2nd, 2010 10:01 am

    Don’t worry Dave the Wailer 105 is a sweet ride! Super versatile and very responsive.

  2. Larry November 2nd, 2010 10:25 am

    Carpet skiing? My God!! I thought the Halloween wiitches had reincarnated Cliff Taylor.

  3. Lou November 2nd, 2010 12:34 pm

    Dave will try anything, or at least so I’ve heard 😀

  4. dave downing November 2nd, 2010 12:49 pm

    …anything once!

  5. Jack Crognale November 2nd, 2010 7:26 pm

    I bet it was nice to make some turns again. Summer has been way to long. Cheers, and thanks for the video, it made my day.

  6. Mark November 3rd, 2010 12:13 pm

    Nice Dave! I skied the Wailers of a few iterations back, and they are quite a fine ski for sure (if not on the carpet).

  7. Alex November 5th, 2010 6:47 am

    While the facet farm is in full swing here in Colorado, we find ourselves longing for the quick arrival of winter – your video only made me salivate all the more.

    The new DPS acquisition will prove you well. I was able to demo the Wailer 105 last season on a 12″ day and was instantly convinced it would be the ultimate touring ski. ‘Looking forward to a full review. At the time, my quiver needs led me to the Lotus 120 for a resort pow / sidecountry ski and they have never disappointed: 5 Fingers; Tonar; Baldy Chutes – it’s been a great set-up.

    Happy turns and pray for snow.

  8. dave downing November 5th, 2010 5:00 pm

    funny you should mention the Lotus 120s Alex :mrgreen:

    Glad everyone enjoyed the video ride-along. It’s amazing what this time of year can bring. Been biking again since the big powder day…but eyeing those white caps up high. And now having to resort to watching my own video until the next snow and more turns.

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