1. My Dr/chiropractor cleared me to give skiing a try yesterday telling me it wouldn't make my back issues/sciatica any worse
2. Tickets were $10 and its close to home
The verdict: Skiing with my back issues, hurts, a lot. I managed to struggle through about 2.5 hours before having to head out for christmas festivities. Conditions were refrozen corduroy from yesterdays warmup, which I expected.
We'll see what today's test means for my season. While it hurt while skiing, my back feels better afterwards. If that lasts, I'll probably go for it moving forward....if not...I don't want to think about it.
Lab skied excellent today. They picked up a bunch of badly needed snow since a week ago, and it snowed the entire time we were there (9-3:30)...snowing hard when we left. Last week there was bare ground any place they hadn't made snow, and today those places were skiable - even in the trees in some instances.
They were hosting a college race which was right under the triple and fun to watch. And despite having $39 lift tickets at the window all weekend, the lift lines were never more than a couple minutes long despite the parking lot and lodge being packed. Early on they put up ropes to create lanes at the triple chair - one for triples, one for doubles, one for singles...neat, orderly, efficient. People took turns sliding up to the lift.
Lab certainly has interesting grooming - they always leave whales around to play on like a natural park...pretty fun even for old dudes.
Stopped early for lunch at Last Run (their bar/restaurant). Excellent burgers and a pitcher of beer. Glad we stopped when we did because shortly after the place filled up. Fortunately they have the cafeteria in the lodge, where they also let families and racers bring food in as well.
Overall great day of skiing soft snow in central NY. The entire area really needed this snow, badly. Since I'm headed west next week to ski I"m sure there will be a major storm hitting here!
Skied Lab today for the third time in the last five days.
Thursday skied when the incoming "storm(s)" were first starting.
Skiing was nice with about 4" covering the stuff from the recent melt down.
Snowed the whole time and after college racers practicing left there was only a few people on the hill till the dozen or so local ski school busses arrived when I was leaving.
Friday skied even better with new snowmaking but colder.
Lake effect bands moved south after Saturday's storm and pumped till late last night.
A lot came down from Thursday till now and lord knows we all can use it.
Saw more tumbles and falls today than all year put together but no one appeared less for wear.
Fun day on a Monday.