In a country where we seem to love everything super-sized from our meals to our cars, we must ask if size really matters? Is bigger always better? Naturally, when discussing bank accounts, bigger is better and a few extra zeros on the end of my paycheck wouldn’t make me complain either.
But what about our mountain? We are not the biggest. Not even close. We don’t have the most trails or the most sponsors. We are not going to compete for snowsport domination of the world. BUT, we also don’t have long lift lines, ticket lines, or food lines. We are not too big to remember you from last year or the year before. We are not too big that we forgot what is most important…the people that visit. We don’t pander to anyone and we don’t kiss any corporate backsides. The people here are here because they are passionate about skiing or riding. They know that it is good here. Period. They know that they can count on Platty to be that familiar place with familiar faces. They know that we KEEP IT REAL! So the next time somebody asks you if size matters, tell them yes but bigger isn’t always better!
Someone asked me the other day if I shred. That is funny. It’s funny because one look at me and you would know that I do not shred anything but paper. Don’t get me wrong, I love the winter. I love to ski but getting on a snowboard? No.
So, here we are working on what is expected to be a killer terrain park. Things like rails and jibs have become part of my vocabulary. Now I don’t pretend to be a ripper, shredder, rider or anything of the sort but when I see these park designers working their magic, I can’t help but get excited. They are building some really cool stuff. In the excitement, I may have inadvertently promised a few people that I would get on a snowboard once this awesome park is done!
All this got me thinking…can the “old dog” learn new tricks? I mean we also have telemark, snowshoeing, and tubing, here too. I say why not? I promise I am going to get on a board this winter. Maybe after that I will try a learn to telemark lesson. So now, I am extending a challenge of sorts to everyone visiting us this year. Try something new. If you ski, grab a board. If you board, try the telemarking. Grab a tube! You don’t have to be an expert to have a little fun. Whether you are a “young” dog or an “old” dog, you might just be surprised when you learn a new trick. See you at the terrain park!!
The wooly bear caterpillar can predict a bad winter if it’s black in the front or if the middle is wide. Or is it black in the middle and brown in the front? Wait, I think it’s squirrels with bushier tales and low nests! Thick shells on the acorns and birds heading south early are all signs of a big winter ahead! Ahh yes, it’s that time of year again.
The time when we all speculate about the winter ahead. Those of us spending our time on the mountain can find signs of a good winter to come around every corner. We pour over the Farmer’s Almanac and if it says the winter will be warm, we know they don’t know what they are talking about. If they say a big winter ahead then by golly, those farmers know their stuff. Incidentally, the Almanac is predicting one heck of a nasty winter. I told you they know their stuff! In the end, we are keeping our fingers crossed and our snow guns ready because whatever Mother Nature doesn’t give us we are surely going to make on our own. And though I may not be qualified to do so, I am going to make my own prediction. This winter we will have snow on our mountain no matter how it gets here. We will have yummy food in our lodge and cocktails at our bar. We will have events galore and our tubing park will be filled with laughter. We will have skiers and riders young and old. First timers and old timers and as always we will be keeping it real!!!