Friday is opening day, ski like it |

Friday is opening day, ski like it

Randy Wyrick
Note this guy's massive grin. Ski like that.

By the time you read this, your kids will be making plans to ditch school to make opening day in Vail.

Just look for them wandering out the door uncharacteristically early with marvelous attitudes extolling the glories of the learning process.

Book bags about five feet long should be a tip-off that they might not be doing all their learning in school.

On the other hand, if they’re just now getting around to trying to ditch school to ski, they’re late to the dance. Ski season opened weeks ago.

Breckenridge is open, Arapahoe Basin is open and so is Copper Mountain. On the other hand, Vail opens Friday.

Rock skis are nice, but not necessary. Just watch where you’re going because the snow is a little like the giant mud puddle it is ” it looks a lot deeper from the top that it might actually be.

The tiny little trees sticking up through the top of the snow present certain challenges and obstacles. They’re sort of like breakaway gates that slalom racers have to negotiate, only not arranged in any particular order or pattern. They’re a little like the Republican campaign strategy that way.

If the kids wander off for a couple opening day runs instead of attending their high school cooking class learning how to make pineapple upside down beans, the apocalypse is not upon us. Do not march up and down in front of the Vail Village ticket office proclaiming that the end is near ” at least not until about 3:50 p.m. and the end (of the ski day) really is near.

It’ll be OK.

Once upon a time in the Midwest, the Cincinnati Reds always opened the major league baseball season in early April. In the greater Cincinnati area a high school principal used to excused absences for kids who could produce a ticket stub from the game. He was a True American.

The same should be true for opening day in Vail. It’s a great reason to miss school.

If you manage to find your way out there Friday, remember to watch out for young adult male humans having too much fun.

We leave you with the only ski tip we could think of:

– Don’t go off the marked trails unless you feel like hiking. You’ll hit bottom faster than Enron stock.

Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado CO

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