I have downhill skied weekly (every winter) since I was a toddler until I got an injury in my teenage years…. and since prices for lift tickets kept going up, it just became a once a year thing. Entering the endurance sports world / life outside of the 4-wheel motorized prison world, my perception has changed. It is a 3-hour trip one-way to our closest slopes (you always hit LA / Vegas traffic). Then when you get there, $60-80 for a one-day lift ticket… where you maybe get 5 runs in due to long lift lines. Mind you, my a$$ hurts sitting in that chair… I just sat for 3 hours, and need to sit for a 15 minute ride, to go down 2 minutes, and sit another 3 hours back!? Hey this sounds like a desk job scenario.
No more I said… when one day I saw a couple going up the mountain slope, who told me about alpine touring. It is basically cross country skiing up the mountain, then downhill skiing on the way down. Never do you need to pay for a sit (err I mean lift) ticket again! The mountains here allow this, because the climb up is so tiring you will want to buy some beverages or food at the bottom. Here is a video explaining more: