A brand new arsenal of powder skis from Armada sits in a state of neglect. Right now, I'm equipped for a style of skiing that is nothing more than a constant dream at this point. What I need are some cross country skis or even some park skis, but this is Utah, land of the deep, what the hell am I talking about?

This dependence on natural forces is found in only a few other "sports", surfing obviously being one of them. It's the same type of anxiety that the surfers on the north shore experience when the big winter swells fail to arrive (which is obviously not the case this winter, check THIS tube). These lifestyles can be emotional roller coasters, but overall teach patience, understanding, and respect for the earth. A new level of appreciation for the best days ever is reached when it all seems so far away. This year my patience is certainly being tested, as we all wait for the big winter swells to hit the north shore of skiing, the Wasatch Range. And while I'm at it, Keep the Country Country!

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