Every skier and snowboarder (whether they realize it or not) has a routine before the start their ski day. Human beings are creatures of habit and the slightest change in routine could totally alter your life, or at least your ski day. Geography plays a huge part in the day to day. For real, Alaska doesn’t even begin to see the sun poke out until well after 10:30 which means even on the snowiest of mornings you can sleep in until at least 9 and still get first chair, compared to Snowbird or Alta where if you’re not in a lift line by 8 you may as well go back to bed.
My routine is simple, wake up, stretch, check 907.754.7669 (ski.snow) in between holds, check the avalanche and weather reports, make breakfast and try to be out the door by 9:30. Living in Girdwood is nice like that, the tram is a quick ten minute drive, I can grab a coffee at the Tram Way Cafe and by the time 10:30 rolls around I am ready for the first run of the day. Most of my friends who make the commute from Anchorage have a very similar, simple routine to get their ski day going. The routine will also travel with you one ski trips to different backcountry spots or resorts. Of course, don’t forget to factor in the time aspect when traveling to hustle and bustle ski zones.