A Ski Area Guide to New Year’s Resolutions

If the thought of making another list of New Year’s Resolutions makes you shudder, perhaps you should consider creating a list in one area where you know you can excel—skiing! Already we are off to a great start on the mountain with snow. Here are a few ways to keep the good times on the mountain rolling through the end of the ski season (After that it’s up to you to decide what you need to do.)

1. Become a better skier/snowboarder. Even those of us who have been at this for decades know we can get better. Whether that’s upgrading boots or boards or challenging ourselves with terrain—improving skills and gaining confidence makes it more fun! Taking a lesson or signing up for an eight-session ski or snowboard Adult Program is a great way to get the tips you need to take your skiing/riding to another level. Must be registered for Adult Programs by December 31 call 862-2909.

2. Try something new. This universal resolution applies well. If you are a lifelong skier, try snowboarding or vice-versa. Have you been wondering about what makes those people want to climb uphill on their skis? Check it out for yourself with telemark or AT gear. Maybe it’s as easy as going to a different part of the mountain on a powder day. Break out of the old mold for a new take on the mountain!

3. Introduce a friend or family member to the sport. For those of you with wee ones this is an easy “CHECK!” but it’s not just for parents of future shredders. January is “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month” and it’s an excellent time for someone to learn the sport! The snow is good, and there’s plenty of season left to practice. Plus we offer an amazing Learn to Ski or Ride program: two days of half-day lessons, two days of rentals and two days of lower mountain lift tickets for just $79! Plus all graduates of the program will receive discounts on lift tickets, lessons and rentals for the remainder of the season.

4. Go Night Skiing! Gotta love staying late and skiing under the lights. Night skiing started this week and continues every Friday and Saturday night through March 4 (plus Sunday, February 19). Extend your day on the slopes, or come up for the evening only (4-8:30 p.m.) and enjoy this serene experience. Make skiing your après ski!

5. Go to a Dine & Ski. Only offered twice a season (January 14 and March 11) this unique mountain experience fills up quick! (So to be fair this is not as much a resolution as a shameless plug for an amazing buffet dinner at the Summit House followed by a moonlit ski down the mountain.) If you haven’t ever gone call us soon! 862-2900

6. Volunteer your time—on skis. Giving your time to a non-profit organization or event is a win-win for all as well as being a way that you can share your passion for the mountain with others. Become an instructor or class helper for the Kalispell Ski Club, or volunteer for DREAM (Disabled Recreation Environmental Access Movement) Adaptive. This year’s Special Olympics State Winter Games, March 5-7, is another perfect opportunity to help a great cause on the mountain.

7. Ski with someone new. One of the most enduring characteristics of our mountain is the community of skiers and riders who grace our slopes. It’s very natural to strike up a conversation on the lift, at a shared table at lunch or at the bar at the end of the day and just like that you’ve made a new friend. Make a resolution to make a ski date with someone you’ve just met, or seek out other friends, co-workers or acquaintances you have yet to ski with and expand your mountain posse.

8. Ski with happy feet. Everyone who skis a lot knows how important it is to have a proper boot fit. Spending the extra money to seek out a professional boot fitter who can fit you with custom footbeds and make other adjustments to your liner to make everything just right will make you more comfortable and have better control. Stop in at Village Rentals.

9. Ski/ride more. Last but certainly not least—get out there! Even one hour on the hill will do the body and soul good. The views, fresh air and euphoria of just being on the mountain—it’s why we live here.