Fifty years is a celebrated anniversary, from birthdays to anniversaries. And for good reason. Fifty years is a long time—it’s a half century! Five decades separates the first successful heart transplant to the miracle of modern medicine today. The Rolling Stones and The Bee Gees were chart-toppers and gas was 34 cents a gallon. And mock turtlenecks were a thing.
It’s hard to believe that another year is about to come to a close and the start of another ski season is under our belt. It feels like just yesterday we were saying hello to old friends at Oktoberfest or even watching the last of the snow melt on The Face this past June.
Whether we are ready for it or not, 2018 is less than 36 hours away as we write this post. As with any new beginning, we are forced to pause and reflect on the days that have gone by. And as we reflected, we found that a lot of great things happened on the mountain this year. It’s been a whirlwind year to say the least and it makes us excited for things to come.
So, what transpired in 2017?
Close to the end of the dog days of summer many weather prediction agencies start looking towards the future and what the winter season may bring. Like many things in the ski industry, we try to take weather predictions with a grain of salt. No matter what the weatherman might predict, we always err on the side of optimism because that’s what winter sports enthusiasts do! After all, we’re the ones who decided it was FUN to be outside when the snow and temperatures are falling. Optimism is just in our nature.
Mother Nature wasn't very amusing this season. That’s OK though because we snow sports enthusiasts are really good at laughing at ourselves, each other, and the situations we often find ourselves in. Humor really is the best medicine, so here’s some to savor. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did assembling it!
This year the East Coast has had record-breaking weather, and not in a way that makes snow-lovers happy. Titus Mountain, along with other east coast ski resorts, have seen little to no natural snow and temperatures too high to make the white gold.
Though the prolific group Five for Fighting sings, “Love can’t change the weather,” it doesn’t stop (and hasn’t stopped) skier and snowboarders from doing everything in their power to bring the pow. Whether we are worshipping the Farmer’s Almanac (who are those guys anyways?) to praying to snow deities to performing snow dances, there are many legends and rituals that are out there.
Are you looking to bring the snow? To get you started, we’re sharing a list of some interesting folklore, mythology, and plain prayers to bring the snow.
One of the most exciting times of year here at Titus Mountain is when we roll-out the snow guns and start building big piles of the stuff. I have a great view of this action from my office window and I can tell you that watching it never get’s old. As the piles grow higher, I can just feel the anticipation of the coming season get stronger & stronger. It’s great!
Ah, the smell of Autumn. It means lots of things in the ski industry… from the return of Old Man Winter to the literal “crunch” we can hear in our calendars as we prepare to get the lifts turning. But one of the best parts about Autumn before the snow starts to fly? Ski Show season! For Titus Mountain, it means heading out to Toronto, Ottawa, and Albany to meet up with some of our favorite fans to meeting new ones. With Toronto just around the corner, we thought it might be fun to give some of our fans who we plan on seeing at the ski shows some insider tips!
If somebody walked up to you and offered to predict the weather for the next year (or even for the coming winter), you’d probably be looking for a way out of the conversation, right? So, what can be said about folks who have been doing a surprisingly good job at it for 224 years?
The Old Farmer’s Almanac was first published in 1792 by Robert B. Thomas “For the year of our Lord, 1793”. George Washington was President and a copy could be purchased for a “sixpence”…about 9 cents. It has appeared every year since and is today the oldest continuously-published periodical in America.
Today is International Left Handers Day! Being left handed isn’t an amazing rarity; in fact 13% of the population is left-handed [source]! However, despite 1 in 10 people sporting left hand dominance, any leftie can tell you that they are living in an overwhelmingly right-handed world.
Most people realize that things like scissors and can openers are made for those with right hand dominance, but there are a myriad of other objects that are strange to use or just downright irritating for left handers. Rulers, spiral notebooks, knives, and even pens are all made for right handed users. While some of our staff was at a conference in California, there was even a novelty store, Lefty’s, where all products were made specifically for lefties (we picked up a few things for our staff and loved ones!).
From The Slopes
We love the snow, obviously. But there's more to the mountain than just the conditions and the trails. Get the insider's scoop on what helps this industry run, from ski shops to snowboard movies, nature hikes to safety tips. Let us know what you think!