Or maybe, I’m predictable.
But every year, my primary goal for ski season is the same: I want to ski as many days as my current age. I like this goal because it means I push myself to ski at least one more day each year.
This season, I have a friend who had a truly audacious goal: to celebrate his 50th year on skis, he was skiing at 50 different resorts! His goal got me thinking and wondering what type of goals other skiers set.
To find out, I posted this question on TheSkiDiva.com forum: What were your goals for ski season?
Here are the highlights from nearly 50 women who responded.
Numbers, Stats and Days
While I’m all about the number of days, surprisingly few other women were counting to reach their goal. A few might say, “hooray I skied 23 days this season,” but usually this was in the context of other goals, such as improving technique or overcoming fears and challenges.
One women, in particular shared that her goal this season was to “quit tracking days, runs and vertical.” All this keeping track of statistics was stressing her out and her goal was to enjoy the ski season more and push herself less.
The majority of comments focused on improvement, learning and mastery. As one woman put it, her goal was to “improve, not plateau.” Others wanted to learn to ski trees, powder and moguls. Some wanted to improve their stamina and be able to ski non-stop top-to-bottom, while others were looking to progress from greens to blues, or from blues to blacks. A surprising number of women wanted to learn how to jump and improve in the terrain park (I am in awe!). One woman wanted to learn how to tune skis (check in right here!), while another started racing and participated at the Masters level!
As you might expect, I was especially interested in goals which included family. One woman shared that her goal was to get her three-year-old daughter “hooked on skiing.” It worked! Another wrote that she wanted to get her adult daughter “to ski and love it.” Guess what? That goal worked out, too! But my favorite comment was from a mom who wrote that her goal was to ski with her five-year-old son. They skied together and she happily reports that skiing “is the only sport he does with a massive grin on his face.”
I can understand that!
Have Fun, Be Safe
For many skiers, these four words summed up their goals for a successful season. Clear, simple and happily achievable!
What’s In a Word?
I chose the word “goal” to describe my quest for a certain number of ski days this year. But other women wrote that they prefer the word “plans” or the word “hopes.”
Whether you call them “goals,” “plans” or “hopes,” I hope you and your family have had a fun, safe, rewarding and enjoyable winter!
If you’re so moved, please share your goals, plans or hopes for the season just passed…or even the season coming up.
Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me! With summer coming, I’ll be posting less and relaxing more, but the ski writing will continue, ramping up again come fall.
What were your goals for this past ski season? Did you accomplish them? What are your goals, plans or hopes for next winter? If you don’t make goals, why not?
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