Break from guilt, greed and strangers
Vail CO, Colorado
Some dread the closing of Vail Mountain each season. But after you’ve lived in the valley a few years, there’s also a sense of relief when the lifts stop running.
If you’ve been here three or four years, there’s a good chance your ski days have declined. The 85 you got during your first season has probably dwindled to a dozen or two (or even lower, gasp!) in your fifth.
But each day off you don’t head up the mountain ” especially on powder days ” aren’t you a little bit racked with guilt about not being on skis? That’s why you moved here, after all, isn’t it?
Not skiing can be pretty stressful.
Once mud season hits, however, you can spend Saturday afternoon catching up on the last three Will Ferrell movies you didn’t find necessary to watch on the big screen, and not feel bad about not being in China Bowl (or finally learning how to kayak).
And isn’t it nice that there’s a season when everyone around here is just a little less worried about making money? That’s because no one really expects to make very much during mud season, though, in marketing spin, we’re supposed to call it “shoulder season” in the hopes of luring the odd family or two to visit the mountains when there’s neither snow nor endless summer sun.
Another nice thing about mud season is that if you’re at the park, for example, you can be pretty sure everybody there is your neighbor and that they are just as keen on not destroying the new playground equipment as you are.
” Matt Zalaznick for the Editorial Board