March can be a tough time to stay motivated to ski. Truth be told when the sun comes out they’re are a lot of other fun things to do besides skiing.
For some, it is a time to accomplish some of those season long goals. Spring touring can be the most rewarding skiing you will do all year.
March for me, is really like starting a second season. My job is seasonally focused and I am traveling all over the USA for most of the spring and summer. This makes it even more important to keep focused on my missions. The lure of skiing while in-between work days is appealing but as those who know the life on the road you can barely find time to answer emails, sleep, and make it to the next town in a day let alone make time to ski.
Every year I set goals for most things in my life. Some realistic, others are pipe dreams but with dedication can be accomplished. I have found that writing your goals down makes you accountable to them. Setting goals is actually the easy part of spring missions. The other challenge is finding partners in crime that are equally as motivated.
How to kick off your spring skiing!
Set goals for the second half of the ski season. At least one should be a gimmie! Nothing like success to keep you going. e.g. Ski at least one day in March, April, and May.
Pick areas that are ideal only in sunny and stable conditions. The high alpine areas that you can rarely ride in mid winter will keep you trekking along.
Plan one more big trip.Take a 3 or 4 day weekend and do something big (Spearhead, one more trip to the Interior do a heli drop somewhere)
Buy gear! There is a funny thing about buying new gear.. you’re motivated to use it right away. I recommend a light touring setup that is good for early season/ late season for slaying corn rather than shredding powder.
When you head out in the spring you can be surprised. After a last minute trip to the Duffey last Easter I was able to ski a glacier powder, and spring corn all in one run! Do not be scared to be adventurous. Nothing beats skinning up in a T-shirt getting a wicked farmers tan.
My goals for 2012
Ski every month of the year (Ridden every month since November)
Ski 50 days (Already at 30 days so almost there!)
Do the Spearhead Traverse
Ski the Aussie Colouir and Slalok glacier in a day
Ski from the Summit of Mt Baker
Set your own goals, get after it and have fun! But most of all don’t beat yourself up if you don’t achieve all of them.