December 30, 2012

Skiing in Maine: Just resolve to hit the slopes soon

By JOSH CHRISTIE

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6. Chairlift Chats

I'm the first to admit that, like many others, I ski with my iPod in one pocket and my cell phone in the other. I have no qualms with anyone who wants a bit of music or needs to stay connected on the slopes. However, I implore you -- turn the things off when you're on the chairlift. Skiing is a social sport and you're better off spending the few minutes of a chairlift ride talking with your liftmates than zoning out to your earbuds. They might even be able to point you towards some secret powder stashes.

7. Don't Ration Passion

Last year, snowsports participation dropped 10 percent, according to SnowSports Industries America. A more striking stat is the nearly 9 million self-described skiers and snowboarders who have not participated in the last two seasons. Don't be a part of either statistic. I know how easy it is to make excuses not to go to the hill -- cost, time, distance and weather are easy excuses. Fight that urge. Once I've gotten myself to the mountain, I've never wished that I'd stayed in bed.

With nearly three dozen Nordic and alpine areas in Maine, my biggest wish for 2013 is that everyone resolves to get out there and explore.

Josh Christie is a freelance writer and lifetime outdoors enthusiast. He shares column space in Outdoors with his father, John Christie. Josh can be reached at:

joshua.j.christie@gmail.com

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