(and get a head start for next season!)
What a year it has been. Mother Nature helped Titus Mountain break records… but not necessarily in a good way. This doesn’t mean, however, we don’t have hope for next season. In fact, this makes us believe that next season is going to be the most powder-filled, sun-shining, awesome season we could hope for. It’s how the law of averages works, right?
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again—skiers are a hearty breed. We take the good with the bad and keep plugging along until smiles spread across our faces when we find a powder stash. So keep you chin up and we will see you next year!
Whatever way you are coping with the end of the season at Titus, (we’ve already been through our 7 stages of grief… repeatedly), know that you still have the possibility to finish the season strong and get a head start for next season!
1. Use Your Reciprocal Pass
Did you know that your season pass at Titus gives you the opportunity to ski at other Adirondack Mountains such as Whiteface, Gore, McCauley, and Mt. Pisgah? Throughout the season, flash your pass at those mountains and you could receive free or discounted skiing. This program has been going strong for over 20 years! You can check out this year’s schedule here.
As the season comes to a close, the last reciprocal day is this coming Wednesday, March 30th. While we may be closed, Whiteface and Gore should be open for your skiing & riding delight… for free! So don’t put your gear away quite yet—enjoy some springtime skiing!
2. Tune-Up Your Gear
Making sure your gear is tuned up isn’t just a practical decision for having everything ready for next season—it’s also a financially smart one as well. Not only have you spent money on your gear, your gear has a lot of memories with it as well, so it makes sense to make sure that your equipment lasts you a few good seasons. We’re not saying revert back to your 80s gear, but put some TLC into your current stuff and use that money for other awesome things. Like poutine.
We suggest that you have your skis (or snowboard) tuned. You can tune them yourself or have a professional do it. Whether our awesome ski techs do the trick or you bring your gear to a local ski shop, make sure that the bases are cleaned, your edges are sharpened, and your bindings are appropriately tuned. An extra wax at this point helps as well—just before you’re ready to hit the slopes next year buff it out and you’re all set.
Don’t forget your clothing either. Almost all sportswear these days is made possible with Gore-Tex. You can check out their washing instructions, but the basic tips are: no fabric softener, put it through the rinse cycle twice, and tumble dry low. Add an additional layer of waterproofing if you feel like your clothes started to soak up the rain instead of repelling it. And as far as your ski socks… just throw them away.
3. Purchase a Season Pass for Next Year
We aren’t going to beat a dead horse—this year left a little to be desired as far as weather goes… but that just means more snow next year. With that being said, many mountains, ours included, offer pre-season pass sales that offer steeply discounted pricing on their season passes.
A season pass itself is a great way to save money—most passes only require 6-10 times of skiing to pay for itself. And spring is absolutely the best time to purchase a season pass if you want to save some money. For example, a junior pass during our pre-season pass sale pays for itself in 4 trips!
At Titus, our sale goes until midnight on April 1st. You can purchase online, in person, or by calling us at (518) 483-3740. More information on our season passes can be found here.
4. Take a Trip Down Memory Lane
While the advent of smart phones can be debated as either a good thing or a bad thing, the fact that you have a camera on you at all times is definitely something great—just remember to enjoy the moment in first person as well. The bad part of having a camera on you at all times? Those memories get buried when you take picture after picture after picture.
So as the snow continues to melt, make sure your memories don’t fade away. Take a moment and download your pictures and go get them printed! There is something to be said about walking down your hallway and seeing a picture of your child on the Magic Carpet for their first time. Or sitting at your desk and reminiscing about that one time on the chair lift… you know the one I’m talking about.
And remember, winter is less than 9 months away! But enjoy the summer while you can, and don’t forget to visit us. Swing by to say hi or head out to one of our events. The 3rd annual Mud and Mucker is Saturday, September 10 and our 36th annual Oktoberfest is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2016.
Thanks for a great year!
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