“You always get a special kick on Opening Day, no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when you’re a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen.”
Whether you’re a baseball fan, horse track gambler, hunter, or in our case, skiers and boarders who have been counting down the days since the lifts closed for the previous season, Opening Day is indeed something special. Some of us get our game on early, warming up for the season by slapping on the skins and working out the kinks in the Backcountry. Others spend time in the shed, waxing and grinding, scraping and buffing, meticulously working through the quiver. Wandering around your local REI is another proven method, it makes the time go by slightly faster and gives you a chance to flex some new, shiny skis and swap war stories with some nameless shop kid who loves the sport as much as you do. And then there are the few, who anxiously wait by the door, boots on, counting every second—until the bullwheel turns.
Opening Day—what does it mean to you? Tell us on Facebook, or in the comments below.