HEY THERE, HI THERE, HO THERE,
Well, the dog days of summer are almost over, and you can almost taste the sweet smell of cooler weather in the air. I know as I write this, it will be in the area of 105 degrees Fahrenheit today, so a cool breeze cannot come soon enough.
A hardy shout-out to everyone who went down the Hiwassee the 12th of August and enjoyed the best of times and beauty of going down probably one of the most gorgeous rivers in the world. Make plans to go next year. It is such a good time. Also, no crocodiles or gators.
Also on the 25th we are renting a VIP box at the Lookouts game. There are 55 people who signed up by the deadline and will be there Friday. Just another day to interact with ski club folks.
One more thing, we have a Stand Up Paddle Board Party on September 16th. Put it on your calendar and come to the regular meeting to find out more details or look at the event on the website.
And now for other matters:
The ski season is just around the corner, and early predictions are looking good. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting above-average snowfall for the western United States, including the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada. This is good news as it means more powder days and better skiing conditions.
Can we all agree flat-land hillbillies should be happy with this news?
In addition to the favorable snowpack forecast, there are a few other factors that suggest that the 2023-2024 ski season will be a good one. First, the El Niño climate pattern is expected to continue, which usually brings above-average snowfall to the West Coast. Second, the winter temperatures are expected to be cooler than average, which will also help to boost the snowpack.
So, they just stopped skiing in Mammoth this month and we in no way should expect the same in 2024, but we are going to Mammoth this winter and we need to fill this trip up fast. Once there, we can hear all the locals talk about how great skiing was last year.
Also, the best town in the world is Jackson Hole. Please call Pat Caldwell and let him sell you on going there also with the club.
Here are some tips for thinking about your 2024 ski trip:
- Just DO It!!!!!!! Hey, we all are getting limited on our future good times, and we all need to take as many trips as we can before 2030;
- Start buying last year’s ski clothes and look sharp on the slopes;
- Be determined to ski more days this year than you have in the last 10 years (not total for 10 years, just for one year);
- Understand if the weather is bad, it sounds like happy hours will start a little early in the day and just make a go of it.
With a little planning, and an attitude redo, you can ensure that you will have a great time skiing this fall regardless of the weather.
JOKE OF THE MONTH
How many snowboarders does it take to screw in a light bulb????
Nine. One to do it and eight to say, 'nice turns.'
See you at the meeting,