It was on a powder day long ago that my friend, Steve Campbell, coined the memorable words the SkiZer has never forgotten.
Steve had just come down a pristine, thigh-deep run at Powderhorn, a small ski area in Western Colorado. With a sly smile and a wry Texas accent, he drawled, “That was better than sex — better than drugs.”
Steve died of cancer this summer. We skied together in the 1980s, when we worked at a newspaper in Grand Junction, Colo. His tragic death — he leaves behind a wife and child — has me thinking about the reason I keep pushing for great moments on the slopes.
Maybe it’s because the mountains are where I feel the most fully alive, and Steve’s death is a reminder to make the most of my remaining days.
R.I.P. my friend. With you in mind, here are my ski goals for this year.
Every year before the season starts, I come up with the number of days I hope to ski and how much vertical I hope to rack up. Then I set out to reach my goals during the year.
In the Pacific Northwest, skiers have hopes the coming season will be fantastic. Long-term weather forecasts call for above-average snowfall in the Washington Cascades and Northern Rockies, so I think it’s a year to push the numbers a bit.
This year, I’m going for at least 30 days, and at least 600,000 feet of vertical.
SkiZer goals set. And what are your goals for this year?