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Are You A Weekend Warrior?

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This is the hardest post I’ve ever had to write.

My last few years have been spent running around Utah, skiing day after day, week after week, all winter long. I’ve tried my best to tell you about my growth as a skier, the lessons learned, and how it can help you. Now I need your help.

I recently had a really big life change that has resulted in me becoming part of a different class. You might call it the working class.

I’m now a weekend warrior.

Realistically I know that so many of the snow lovers in our state (and even those that fly in to visit) are in this same boat. But I had no idea what an adjustment it would be! Now you know why I’ve been a little quiet over here, and can probably relate. I hope you missed me. I’m all adjusted now. Waking up early, grabbing business attire in lieu of gore tex, and commuting down the canyon instead of heading up. Despite how terrible that must sound in contrast with my previous lifestyle, it's taught me a few lessons as well as reinforced some others that I needed to learn again.

Every day on skis is a good day. Every one. We're quite spoiled in Utah in case you didn't know- I look around at the faces of those who don't call Utah home, and they're almost always smiling. Often on days where we consider the conditions less than favorable.

The pros of being a weekend warrior? Staying up on the hill all day, not quitting early, taking that lunch, enjoying that cocktail. My ski gear smells 87% better these days. My 6th toe is (a bit) less gnarly.

Sure there are cons: getting up early 7 days a week, ignoring my laundry until 10pm Sunday night, and the biggest one – seeing any update or powder shot (especially from @iskideeppow or @myaltaUT) while I’m confined to my desk.

We’re fortunate in Utah to have great conditions daily – and I’m taking advantage every Saturday and Sunday that I can. I know it’s a push, and I hope we can all support each other and get up and out to enjoy it. It’s worth it every time I get up the hill to push off the top of the ski lift, breathe the fresh air and look at the gorgeous scenery. In fact, I couldn’t do the day job without that release and joy.

I’ve got this new perspective that I bet is more relatable, and I want to hear your tricks and suggestions for how you enjoy and make the most out of your weekends in the mountains. Leave me a supportive tip in the comments, and I’ll see you on the weekends, y’all. Here's what I've learned so far, the first rule of Weekend Warrior Club: let everybody know you're a weekend warrior. Mostly with dancing, nerdy skiing, and a lust for the ski life that people that do it every day sometimes forget about.

*Let it snow mostly on weekends*

Powderhound Cat


26 comments

Kelsey's picture
Kelsey posted 1 year ago

I work M-F, 9-5, and sometimes Saturday, so anytime I can get night skiing or out Sunday I definitely try and make it up the mountain.
I here ya though, leaving any and all tasks for Sunday night is so rough. Makes for a very rough Monday morning.

Jeff D'Amico's picture
Jeff D'Amico posted 1 year ago

Hardly get up to ski anymore :( With 2 jobs and a baby, I long for some runs at Brighton!

Michael Burghard's picture
Michael Burghard posted 1 year ago

no night skiing in south lake:/ but they're call for some snow in the next couple of days, weekend warriors!!

Michael Burghard's picture
Michael Burghard posted 1 year ago

no night skiing in south lake:/ but they're call for some snow in the next couple of days, weekend warriors!!

Kelly's picture
Kelly posted 1 year ago

Welcome to the world of the responsible working class!! One day I will figure out a business to start where I ride powder until at least noon and then work til maybe 5. Until then, see you on the weekend and maybe a few sick days here and there.

Dennis Skola's picture
Dennis Skola posted 1 year ago

i will ride any chance i get weekends or not. unfortunately i havent made it up once yet this year.

Kelly's picture
Kelly posted 1 year ago

It's nice to hear your comments on enjoying EVERY DAY that you are out skiing on the mountain. I sometimes get bummed out having to deal with lines at a lift on a Saturday without any powder... but it is still a great day spent outside :)

Joe Andryszewski's picture
Joe Andryszewski posted 1 year ago

I used to be called a weekend warrior because I was in the National Guard and now I am because I only get to ride on the weekends. Trust me I am not complaining!

Powderhound Cat's picture
Powderhound Cat posted 1 year ago

Thanks for all the support guys! I knew I'd find a great group of comrades that understood. Keep the comments coming, we'll choose a winner for the FREE NIGHT SKIING LIFT TICKET at 3pm and notify you by email - keep an eye out. See you tonight at Brighton!!

Lindsay's picture
Lindsay posted 1 year ago

I work for an outdoor adventure company and I still have trouble getting out and playing in the outdoors just for me, not leading a trip.

Elisabeth Jones's picture
Elisabeth Jones posted 1 year ago

Brighton is the Only place in the SLC Valley I can ski with a good, clear conscience! They are uphill traffic friendly and have some of the best "slack-country" in the "Wasangeles"!!!!

Grady Mathis's picture
Grady Mathis posted 1 year ago

Headed to Utah in a few weeks to go snowboarding. Some night boarding would be nice!

Erik's picture
Erik posted 1 year ago

"We’re fortunate in Utah to have great conditions daily..."
Agreed. Hardly a day (or night!) that make me think "boy wish I had stayed home instead of skiing".

Arnaud de Brux's picture
Arnaud de Brux posted 1 year ago

Oh... How i understand you.... I used to work in the Salt lake valley monday through friday, witle my boss was in NY, so nobody really cared when i was late because i was skiing a great powder morning, as long as the job got done by the end of the week... I am now travelling too much, and when home, am expected to be at my desk. Here a way to cope: touring! This is the beauty of slc when you work there! Early wake up, at the bottom of the trail by 5:30', and you're usually back down by 8 or 8:30. I may stink some days, but i don't care, i got to spend a couple hours working my butt up the hill, and enjoy face shots on the way down! And then, to your point there is still the sunday resort day!
Good luck in your new life

Eric Hemati's picture
Eric Hemati posted 1 year ago

Great blog post!! It's kinda funny to read to me - since I used to live that crazy life myself so many years ago. Now I only get on the mountain ~10 days a year and I'm so jealous of those of you who can get up there every weekend. Keep the posts coming!

curtis's picture
curtis posted 1 year ago

i knew a persons one who wrote a story about keys, he started bumming rides to the MT hiking every day and getting amazing powder than he though if i had a car or a job he could ski more cus i could get up to the MT faster so on. so he got a key to a car then he got one for work then his house so on. 5 years later he realized he had no time to ski just a pocket full of keys. so the next day he call in to his job and quit drove up to the MT and threw out all his keys, that day he was caught in an avy his two friends dug him out with this story in his pocket. it has forever changed my life cus we all have keys the point is just balance if we have to many keys we wont have time for what we love the snow but if we have no keys we wont have time for life. every time i hike im happy i have some keys and grateful to not have a pocket full it truly makes happy to be a weekend warrior

Charlotte Craff's picture
Charlotte Craff posted 1 year ago

Weekend Warrior? This girl is only a month-end warrior! I've only skied once this season. Once!

David Frascone's picture
David Frascone posted 1 year ago

I wouldn't call myself a weekend warrior, more of a weekend frolic'er :)
-Dave

Ellen's picture
Ellen posted 1 year ago

Just keep praying for those Friday-night dumps!

David Frascone's picture
David Frascone posted 1 year ago

I'm a week-night warrior . . . loves me some night skiing after work! Great way to unwind.
I even go home, grab the kids, and let them enjoy some turns, too!

Matt's picture
Matt posted 1 year ago

I am a weekend warrior! I had to grow up at some point and so finally instead of being an Alta lifty and skiing every day Im now limited to just the weekends :(

Aleah's picture
Aleah posted 1 year ago

Weekend Warriors just need to be super good planners and take advantage of those free weekends! Get those ski plans on the calendar before you are stuck committing those free days to powederless activities.

Powderhound Cat's picture
Powderhound Cat posted 1 year ago

Charlotte Craff the Yeti's randomizer chose you! Check your email. THANKS EVERYONE for ALL your great comments and
Stay Tuned
for more Weekend Warrior Adventures!!

Rod G's picture
Rod G posted 1 year ago

I am an anytime of day warrior whether its hiking 20 miles or shushing down the side of a mountain. I've wanted to live in the mountains my whole life. Now finally arriving out here this last year I need to get up in the mountains skiing soon!

Alex Shen's picture
Alex Shen posted 1 year ago

I'll try skiing soon. Never actually did it. I went sledding though!

Luke Ratto's picture
Luke Ratto posted 1 year ago

but have you seen the BOOK! Guide To Being a Weekend Warrior - the cover is an instant classic: http://www.betterworldbooks.com/a-weekend-warrior-s-guide-to-expert-skiing-id-0978918517.aspx


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