Yesterday my local ski area closed for the season. Pond skimming in the afternoon was entertaining as most participants took a cold bath and were fished out by the Ski Patrol! At least on person made it all the way across the pond on telemark skis. It was a lady in a fluorescent green onesie! Some of the brave ones made two runs! Not a geezer in the bunch of pond skimmers!
I am now in transition mode for my daily activities. After 90 days of skiing I am adjusting to a different schedule. I certainly will have more time for writing this blog. I have been remiss in being creative in commenting on geezer activities both for skiing and other venues.
The transition today was particularly hard since I awoke to at least four inches of fresh snow glistening at the moment in a warming sun. What a tragedy the ski area is closed. Of course it has to be a business decision. Except for a few die hard skiers the ski area has little clientele. Obviously they are operating at a loss in these waning days. The main reason to stay open is to encourage more people to buy season passes.
In my transition to the off season there are a number of chores to make it more palatable. All the gear has to be cleaned and stored. I'll put a preserving wax on the skis after I clean them. Boots will be thoroughly dried and hung on the basement wall. Since my trusty boot bag has seen better days, I just ordered a new one on-line. My wife has also been kind enough to special wash all my ski clothing. Now is the time for me to get at my Honey-Do list that she has been so tolerantly delayed my completion.
In reflection on the 2018-19 season I note it was a season of highs relative to ski conditions and Bluebird days. However it was a sad season relative to departure of several of my geezer friends from the slopes due to health issues. Makes me appreciate what I can still do on the slopes and that each day is a gift.
Meanwhile as some of us geezers age out we are finding a few that are geezer skiers in training. It the new generation of geezers in their 60's and early 70's. Good to know our legacy of geezer skiing will have a new generation. Isn't that appropriate? Yes, we all are in transition regardless of our age.
Looking forward to a great summer on the tennis court with my wife Nancy and keeping fit for the 2019-20 ski season. The season pass is purchased and waiting to be used.