It’s good to be a woman.

Here’s why:

1. We got off the Titanic first.
2. We can scare male bosses with mysterious gynecological disorder excuses.
3. Taxis stop for us.
4. We don’t look like a frog in a blender when dancing.
5. No fashion faux pas we make could ever rival the Speedo.
6. We don’t have to pass gas to amuse ourselves.
7. If we forget to shave, no one has to know.
8. We can congratulate our teammate without ever touching her rear end.
9. We never have to reach down every so often to make sure our privates are still there.
10. We have the ability to dress ourselves.
11. We can talk to the opposite sex without having to picture them naked.
12. If we marry someone 20 years younger,we are aware that we will look like an idiot.
13. We will never regret piercing our ears
14. There are times when chocolate really can solve all your problems.
15. We can make comments about how silly men are in their presence because they aren’t listening anyway.

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The buzz on women’s skis.

At long last, ski manufacturers are beginning to take women skiers seriously. In recent years they’ve begun putting out some awesome women’s skis. And as you can imagine, these are a big topic for discussion on, the internet discussion forum for women skiers.

Here are some of the skis that the ladies over there are buzzing about:

Want to find out more? Visit the manufacturer’s web sites for stats. And stop by for some great ski talk.

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Ski for less (Part 2)

The money saving tips listed in my October 13 entry were a good start. So let’s continue: here are some more ways you can save money skiing. Anyone have any others?

  • Get a job at the ski resort of your choice: You’ll get paid and be able to ski for free. What could be better?
  • Buy ski gear at early season sales. Or get it used. This especially makes sense for kids who grow out of things in nothing flat.
  • Join a ski club. You can get great deals on lift tickets, as well as on trips to all sorts of terrific places. Some maintain houses in or near ski towns where you can stay for very little, too.
  • Look for lift ticket discounts at ski shops, fast food chains, and grocery stores. You’ll be amazed who has deals. Keep your eyes open. They’re everywhere.
  • Look for special offers at your favorite mountain. Some have discount days for state residents, ski clubs, women, college students, and so on. Check your mountain’s web site for details.


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The difference between men’s and women’s skiing.

Found a very interesting article about the differences between men’s and women’s skiing:

Basically, the article discusses the physical, anatomical, cultural, and psychological differences that make men and women ski and learn to ski differently.

What it makes clear to me is that skiing is not a one-size-fits-all enterprise; that is, what works for one gender may not work for the other. There are critical differences that must be considered for each to have a happy and successful skiing experience.

I also thought it interesting that the author finds women more likely to take lessons than men. Could this stem from a greater willingness to ask for assistance (for instance, why won’t men ever ask for directions, when they’re lost?), or is it a lack of confidence, on the woman’s part? Whatever it is, lessons are a fine idea for both men and women. Don’t you agree?

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Ski for less (Part 1).

No question about it — skiing costs money. And with just getting to the slopes costing an arm and a leg these days, it makes sense to think about ways to cut expenses.

So here are a few ways to save. Most of them are pretty intuitive, but maybe there’s something here you haven’t considered:

  • Pack a lunch. Most of the food you get at ski resorts is expensive and let’s face it, not especially good or healthy (you didn’t really want that hog dog and fries, did you?). So bring your own, save money, and be good to your body.
  • Carpool. If you have a friend who likes to ski, sharing the cost of gas can be a big help. Plus you’re keeping more cars off the road, which is better for the environment. (Remember, stop global warming!)
  • If you’re on an overnight trip, don’t stay slopeside. You can save a bundle by spending the night a few miles away. Granted, you’ll have to drive a little, but you can save big.
  • Consider a season pass. If you ski alot, this can really pay off big time. My mid-week season pass pays for itself in just 5 visits. It’s a terrific investment.


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Ski season is coming!

I know it is (in Vermont), for a few reasons:

We had a hard frost the other night;

Overnight temps are dipping into the 30s;

I picked up my season pass yesterday;

The new Warren Miller movie is making the rounds;

The ski areas are holding their annual job fairs;

The forecast is for snow showers by week’s end.

Not too much longer now…….

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Worst ski outfits.

I don’t mean to dis anyone’s style — and the important thing, after all, is the skiing — but there are certain ski outfits I just don’t understand.

  • One piece ski suits: I mean, isn’t making a pit stop sorta inconvenient?
  • Long, long mid-calf coats: Don’t they interfere with your legs
  • Furs: Aside from being politically incorrect, isn’t there a time and place
  • White jackets: Is that you or the snow up ahead?
  • Skiing with your hood up: Doesn’t that interfere with peripheral vision?
  • No hat: Makes me cold just to see it (especially when it’s bald men). But I guess that’s just me.

Anyone have any additions?

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Who do you ski with?

Me, I mostly ski with my husband, Jon. He’s a great guy, a fine skier, and lots of fun to be with.

I’m lucky he likes to ski.

But sometimes even he has enough, and I end up heading off by myself. Sometimes I meet someone I know, sometimes I make a new friend, and sometimes I ski alone.

I don’t mind skiing by myself. but I do enjoy company. I like to have someone to chat with on the way up, and to share the experience on the way down.

However, many women tell me they don’t ski because they can’t find someone to ski with and don’t like skiing alone. Or they don’t like skiing with their husbands or boyfriends, because they’re bombarded with too much “helpful” advice when they just want to relax and have fun.

What about you?

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Who’s skiing?

Leisure Trends did a national survey on who’s skiing, and I thought it was pretty interesting. Here’s a quick summary:

  • Increase in first-time skiers (3.4% this season, up from below 1% for the last two years).
  • Increase in first-time riders (10% this season, up from below 1% for the last two years).
  • Increase in first-time visitors to a resort (23%, a six year high — low was 16% in 2004).
  • Continual increase in 19 to 24-year-olds (18% – the highest figure in 11 years).
  • Continued decline in 30-34 year olds (8% – down from 14% in 1995. Trend shows gradual decline over 11 years).
  • All other age groups holding their percentages – no significant increases in 50+
  • Decline in married (46%, down from a high of 58%).
  • Decline in percent traveling with children under age of 16 (23% – lowest in 11 years).
  • Empty nesters also declining (9% – from 13% in 2000).
  • Percentage of season passholders (continues to increase to 30% of all ticket holders).
  • Influence of the season pass on where to ski/ride is very high at 21% – behind ease of getting to (37%); influence of friends (29%); and ahead of terrain variety (20%).
  • Ease of getting to the resort is at a record high level in influence of choosing a resort (37%).
  • Internet continues to grow as an influential source of information (11% up from an average of 9%-10%. Prior to 2000 was 7%-8%).


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Going up?

What do you like to do when you ride up the lift?

My dad used to sing to me — which I found terribly embarrassing as a teenager, but remember quite fondly when I think about it today.

Sometimes I like to chat. It’s always fun to meet new people. Plus you have the option of ending it naturally when you get off the lift. Or you can take a run with them and continue to talk on the way up again.

Mostly, I like to watch people ski. You see everything — great skiers, awful skiers, weird behavior, fantastic wipeouts, relieving recoveries. And the outfits! Can someone tell me why it seems like some days everyone’s wearing red, and other days, yellow? Just seems to work out that way.

I also like to evaluate trails and conditions and even plot a line down the hill. Good to know where you’re going, before you even get there.

Sometimes I even sing. Just don’t tell my dad.

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