Windham 12-10-2017

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Brownski Brownski
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Windham 12-10-2017

The Christmas season is a busy time for the company I work for. I don't want this to shut down my family's skiing habit completely so this is something I have to think about when I head for the mountains. Spending hours and hours in an area with sketchy or nonexistent cell coverage, even on the weekend, puts me at risk of seriously letting my customers down. Luckily we live a little over two hours from Windham Mountain which has a big, powerful cell tower lright on the peak. In my book this makes Windham the number one choice for New York skiers who want to play hooky from work. So that's where I headed on Sunday with my normal crew in tow (my two sons).




We got there pretty early- not first chair early but close. As we booted up, I noticed something odd. We were surrounded by Santas... tons and tons of Santas. Windham, we learned from one of the men in red, was offering free lift tickets to anybody who dressed as Santa and donated to a local food bank. Pretty cool idea... and makes for an amusing spectacle as well.




Windham advertised nine trails open. For practical purposes this added up to three different ways down from the peak and some easier terrain off a triple chair, lower on the mountain. It was still early season  skiing for sure but the mountain did a good job covering what they had open and with a fresh coating of natural snow from the day before, it skied nice. We alternated between the two lifts and the few runs open to maximize our fun but we wanted more. Variety, though, wasn't in the cards. We would have to make our own fun.



Our standby in this situation is to find someplace to have a race. We established our ground rules and handicaps (the eleven year old got a head start) and I made sure they understood any physical contact with a bystander would constitute a D.Q. (It was a little too crowded for racing really). We did five or six runs off the triple and we all had a few wins before getting bored again. My kids wanted to do some top-bottom runs to determine the championship but my parental conscience finally kicked in and I told them that wouldn't be safe.



Instead we designated successive mini-races, determining our finish lines as we went. First up was a scramble from the lift ramp down to the first turn. I thought I had it in the bag but only beat junior by a hair. This turned out to be a blast. We raced each other around the mountain most of the afternoon. When we finally ran out of race-ideas I spotted a Santa down below us and declared the first to catch up to him was the winner. The boys loved it. The next time we got to that spot on the mountain there weren't any Santas visible so I made it a scavenger hunt instead. The fist to find a Santa won, we decided. Junior thought he had it in the bag when he got out ahead of us on the way back to the base area but my younger son used his brain, pulled up at an intersection I blew past and spotted a Santa coming down the trail from above. Brilliant kid.

"You want your skis? Go get 'em!" -W. Miller
marznc marznc
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Re: Windham 12-10-2017

Sounds like a great day!  I wondered about the red suits.  Was checking the Windham webcam briefly.  Heading to Belleayre next weekend so curious about conditions in the Catskills in general.
Brownski Brownski
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Re: Windham 12-10-2017

Anybody that skies at Windham has probably taken a pic with the pig at some point. Sunday was the first time I realized the pig is on skis.

"You want your skis? Go get 'em!" -W. Miller
raisingarizona raisingarizona
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Re: Windham 12-10-2017

It looks like winter out there! We are still in our never ending September down here.
JasonWx JasonWx
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raisingarizona wrote
It looks like winter out there! We are still in our never ending September down here.
Wah Wah    with Sedona down the road from you, you are in Recreational heaven..
"Peace and Love"
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raisingarizona wrote
It looks like winter out there! We are still in our never ending September down here.
It's been mostly cold,grey, and dry down low, up here.  Warm and sunny in the alpine.  For the past couple of weeks, the only place you saw the sun was at the ski area.

Great story Brownski.  Glad to see you guys are off to a decent start.
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Hey man! I’m not complaining one bit! I’ve actually been loving this weather
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