Could have called it November Nonsense. In what other value system does it make sense to drive 5 hours to hike uphill for 1 hour to make 1 ski run down hill. In order to check 1 box. The TAY world has it's own value system.
This was my only chance to Novemberski. A work emergency (I'm a landscaper, and yes, there are horticultural emergencies) delayed me to a 12:30 start time. No time to sort gear. I think I have everything. Skis, boots, skins, jeans, poles are in the truck, check. By 3:00 I was climbing... with the poles that were in my truck...trekkers that collapsed with every firm push...and no baskets. It improved the workout, so it became a feature, right?
The snow was 8 inches of new heavy powder on top of an unconsolidified 18 inches of brush. I only noticed because I'm a trained horticulturist, and I mow things down for a living.
I skied with out falling, which is a win in my book. I had energy and daylight for another run, but, in the TAY value system I'd already checked the main box. And besides, there were those pole features... So I was one and done. Bring on December!