Due to our too warm, too dry weather, Alta (and many other Utah resorts) have had to push back their opening days, something that had not happened in the seven years that we've been in Salt Lake City. Alta's opening was supposed to be Friday, November 18th; at this point, they are saying that opening will (hopefully) be Friday, December 2nd. If they have to push it back again, there's no way I will be able to get in my usual 40 days/season.
In prior years, H has taken opening day off from work to ski, and then I have joined in for the weekend. The skiing has sometimes not been great but we have been able to ski. And here's the thing: ski season is so easy because we don't have to think about what to do. There's no deciding whether to going hiking or biking, and no figuring out what trail to do. Sure, there's some anxiety on my part about what to wear ... but it's really just get up and go skiing. No brainer.
When ski season is delayed, it throws us all off. We have to make decisions again and sometimes that just proves to be too much. Like this past weekend, for example: the weather was okay but not ideal (too warm and extremely windy) and we just couldn't decide on what we wanted to do, so we ended up doing chores and housework, cleaning out the DVR, going for short runs and making a really delicious mulligatawny soup (it was a mongrel of a couple recipes and what we had in the house, but these are close: here, here, here, here and here). Fantastic soup aside, that's not our most ambitious weekend - but it looks like some more active weather is moving in so hopefully the ski season won't be delayed too much further. Until then, time to investigate more soup recipes!