Mindsoul’s Weblog

April 10, 2008

Heavenly Skiing, not at Heavenly

Picture taken from 6th floor hotel room in South TahoeLast week spent 5 days at South Lake Tahoe. Arrived mid day Tuesday at Sierra-At-Tahoe ski resort. There were 330 lift tickets sold for that entire resort that day, according to their office whom I called on the way. We skied for about 3 hours non stop, seeing maybe 5 to 10 people while skiing down each long run. Sunshine was beautiful and warm. The whole experience was heavenly, and we were far from Heavenly resort.

We repeated that experience Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday before driving back home. This was the first time in a more than 10 years that I skied 5 days in a row. Still using my old Solomon 9/X expert skis from more than 13 years ago.

When we got back home, I just wanted to be back at Tahoe as soon as I could. It was like the old days for me when because of the love of skiing I would ski 10 to 20 days a year. That old flame I had for skiing was reignited by this new trip.

I decided to find out if I can get an affordable new pair of skis and leave behind the 20th century ski technology I’ve been using. I shopped online and quickly found Evogear site come up on my searches for ski stuff. I found there a good brand variety of 2007 and 2008 skis at huge discounts. I couldn’t believe the discounted prices. Problem was the size selection was very thin. My current skis are size 190 cm. For new “shape” skis I felt mid 160’s cm will be ideal for me. I found a brand new 2007 Rossignol Bandit B2 expert skis in size 166 for $249 on the site, discounted from $730 retail price. After thinking about it for a day or so, I pulled the trigger and bought it online, along with a great binding set, free shipping, no tax. I spent $359 for an outfit that retails over a $grand$.

Boxes (ski and bindings) arrived 2 days later. Was shipped from Washington state down to my place in California. I drove it to Any Mountain shop close by, for a tech to mount the bindings for $30. I’ll pick it up tomorrow and if I help it, I’ll be back on the mountain (Northstar this time) for another heavenly skiing experience, this time with my new skis. Not much time left this season before the good hours of skiing in the ski day shrinks to the early morning hours due to the warmth of the sun.

Oh I forgot to mention, last week I bought the next year’s season pass which included all the spring skiing left to do this year. So essentially I’ll be skiing free rest of this season using my new next year’s season pass.

I am real excited, can you tell?

See you on the mountain.

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