Are you the kind who dances with the mountains? I am! I love skiing, even though I only get my fix on daytrips. Nevertheless:

Don’t hate winter, use it!

I adopted this motto several years ago. It helps get through these dark cold days.

It’s officially winter and the 2021-2022 Mid-Atlantic ski season started up (DCSki) weeks ago. Well, not areas closest to the District (DCSki forums).

Have you been doing your wall sits? Seriously, it makes your day and the day after, a whole lot better.

Pandemic era skiing

View from the top of the Tunkhannock trail at Elk Mountain Ski area in Northeast Pennsylvania
Photo by Laman Snyder

It turns out that I’m not a good prognosticator. I didn’t go skiing last season because of the pandemic, but many others did. It seems to have worked well for those who did. SkiSoutheast said it was a great season in spite of everything, including natural snow.

Another winter of COVID-19 protocols is ahead of us and the labor market is tight for several reasons means it will not be normal yet. The Omicron variant adds more uncertainty. Review policies before buying lift tickets and decide if they make sense for you. I’ll probably skip those Café Teria tenders & fries (sigh). Also, be smart and get vaccinated against COVID. It’s the right thing to do.

The Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association ended their 4th & 5th grade ski pass. It’s a big disappointment. I was looking forward to putting one under the Christmas tree for my younger son, like I did for his older brother. I’ll find another way, but it may not be in Pennsylvania.

West Virginia still has a 4th and 5th grade passport for $35, so that will be a consideration. New York State also has a program.

Mid-Atlantic Skier Guide

My Mid-Atlantic Commuter Skier Guide is a resource for anyone looking to take a daytrip. I have compiled ski reports over the last decade from resorts throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

Other skiing resources

INDEPENDENT SITES

DCSki – My favorite place for all things Mid-Atlantic Skiing. Well-written news, extensive resort profiles and a pretty good forum community.

Other independent skiing sites: Ski & Sports Club of Washington DC, Skidome, paskiandride, The Ski Diva, NYSkiBlog, SkiSoutheast

ASSOCIATION SITES

Winter in Virginia – Virginia Tourism Corporation
Ski West Virginia
Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association
New Jersey Ski & Snowboard Council
Ski NY

Twitter list

If you still use Twitter, my DC Commuter twitter list is useful any time, but even more so when the snow really flies.

Another winter sport – Broomball

Do you like hockey? Are you looking for another way to use winter? Check out broomball, a co-ed rec sport played on ice rinks.

Just leaving this here

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