Après Ski

first_imgAprès ski. There’s no way to say it without sounding like a complete douche, and yet no two words in any language get me as excited. Roughly translated from the original French, après ski means, “I drank too much champagne and fell in the hot tub while still wearing my ski boots.”I’m paraphrasing, but you get the gist.Sadly, there are no champagne/hot tub accidents where I ski. Because, you see children, my local ski hill is in a dry county. There are no shot skis. No Jager luges. No bar with cougars trolling for ski bums. When the lifts shut down, our only après ski option is to head to the nearest Steak n’ Shake for burgers. N’ shakes. The struggle is real.I’m not a wise man, but I’ve learned a few things in my 39 years on this planet. For instance, I know that making peace with your own limitations is the key to happiness. Well, it’s one of the keys to happiness. There are probably 12 keys to happiness in total. I don’t know, like I said, I’m not a wise man. But 12 seems like the right number.A couple of other keys to happiness I figured out along the way: marry someone who’s out of your league. Conventional wisdom says you should stick to your own classifications for attractiveness when finding a life partner. If you’re a seven, marry a seven. But trust me, waking up to someone who’s significantly hotter than you will make you happy.Also, listen to a lot of Beastie Boys.But back to accepting your own limitations. What I’m really taking about here is the Southern Appalachians during ski season. We have a lot of really great ski resorts to choose from in the South, and during a banner year, there is even some cross country and backcountry turns to be had. But you simply can’t compare the Southern Apps to the Rockies, or even the Northern Appalachians for that matter. We just don’t have the snow. It’s a matter of math. The South has a lot of fine qualities that make up for the lack of snow (boiled peanuts, bourbon), but you can’t argue with math.It took me a while to come to terms with the Southern Appalachians’ geographical limitations, but as soon as I accepted those limitations, and made peace with a winter that was less snowy, I started enjoying the ski season more. I’ve accepted a winter full of man-made snow and the occasional dusting of God-given powder. I can accept a ski resort that only gets 60 inches of natural snow a year, but I cannot accept a resort that has no bar in the lodge, or anywhere within a 10-mile radius, for that matter. You have to drive 20 minutes across the county line to get a beer. And that beer is in an Ingles. You gotta drive all the way back to Asheville to hit a legitimate bar, and then you’re the only one wearing ski boots and still sporting goggles. That’s not après ski. That’s just drinking.Our lack of snow is a matter of geography. The lack of booze at my hill is human error. Fortunately, it’s an isolated situation; there are plenty of great après ski options in the South. Beech has a killer bar on top of the mountain. They even have their own brewery. Whitegrass Café, at the base of Whitegrass ski touring center, is a veritable party after a good powder day. In fact, the resort where I hold my season pass might be the only dry ski resort below the Mason Dixon.The lack of a bar at my local hill is frustrating, mostly because I don’t want to ski anywhere else. I like the terrain. The ski patrol lets me skin up the hill during the week. The lifties wear denim and blast classic rock from mid-station. Why can’t this mountain have a damn bar? And more snow, but we already talked about that, so I’m gonna let it go. But the bar…the lack of a bar is a tough thing to let go.Alas, when the world gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Then spike that lemonade with vodka.So in lieu of a legitimate bar, we tailgate. We pop the trunk on our SUV, brandish a cooler full of quality local beer and crank the Phil Collins, right there in the middle of the parking lot. You’ll see a few other people doing the same, particularly during that hour between the day session and the night session when the mountain is closed for grooming. Dudes retreat to their trunks and sit, nursing a few beers, tired but ready to hit the hill again after dark. We talk about how the mountain needs a bar. How the food could be better. And how much we like the mountain anyway, in spite of all of its flaws. Or maybe because of them, it’s hard to tell. And really, who needs a snooty après ski bar with overpriced Bud Light, when you can après ski in your own trunk. SEC football style.last_img read more

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Local seniors enjoy special holiday luncheon at Johnson City Senior Center

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Local seniors across Broome County held special holiday luncheons Wednesday afternoon. The Deposit Senior Center will host its’ luncheon Thursday at 11 a.m. “You know the holidays can be difficult for some people because they don’t necessarily have their friends or family local,” said Johnson City Senior Center Executive Director Kim Robinson. Seniors at the Johnson City Senior Center were treated to a roast beef lunch and were given a visit by the Johnson City Sophisticats. “It’s important we have these types of activities at the senior center so that there are opportunities for seniors to socialize.”last_img

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Arsene Wenger unhappy with Gary Neville criticism

first_img But speaking ahead of his side’s trip to Newcastle on Saturday, Wenger called on former players to provide an educated opinion, and claimed that Francis Coquelin boasts the best defensive statistics in European football. “I think we have had that debate for a long time now that Arsenal does not buy defensive players,” said Wenger. “Since January we have conceded fewer goals than anybody else. The only thing I want is that when people have opinions, it is documented and worked out before, especially when it is football specialists. “I accept you can be right and I can be wrong, but what you do not want is just an opinion that comes out just because you feel like that. “People can say they don’t think Arsenal is good enough, I accept that, but it is dangerous to say that ‘he will never be a player’ especially when the comment has come from people in football. The concern is that it puts pressure on players. “Defensively, Coquelin is doing a great job. He has the best defensive statistics and numbers in Europe.” Arsenal have endured a sluggish start to their Premier League campaign. A victory at Crystal Palace has been sandwiched by an opening-day defeat against West Ham and a 0-0 draw with Liverpool, both at the Emirates Stadium. Indeed the Gunners have failed to score at home this season and they ended the last campaign without a goal in three of their final four matches at the Emirates. Wenger’s criticism comes in the wake of Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville calling the Arsenal manager “arrogant and naive” following what he has deemed as a failure to find a replacement for Patrick Vieira. Wenger brushed off Neville’s criticism after his side’s goalless draw against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night. Press Association Explaining his side’s poor return at home, Wenger said: “Teams are playing deeper, much deeper and that is why the first goal is important in these kinds of game. “If you don’t manage to score, they are quick on the break and they close you down very quickly. “We have to play quicker, be more incisive, combine quicker in the final third and we work hard on that. “We analyse the number of expected goals we should score with the chances we create and at the moment we have a little deficit.” Arsenal could travel to Newcastle without their first-choice defensive partnership of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker. Koscielny is battling a back injury while Mertesacker is sidelined with a chest infection. Both missed Monday’s game against Liverpool. “I will certainly know more about Koscielny on Friday morning – the less likely to be fit is Mertesacker,” said Wenger. “At the moment he does not get better, and on Wednesday he was not good. “The Germans are a bit sceptical of antibiotics, I don’t know what sort of medication he is taking. I hope that he comes in and says I am perfectly all right.” Arsene Wenger stands by his decision not to buy a defensive midfielder and launched a stinging attack on former professionals working in the media. last_img read more

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AP Invitation on hold pending new  date for Tokyo Olympics

first_imgBy Rawle ToneyGUYANA’s Commonwealth Games women’s 400M Gold (2002) and silver (2010) medallist, Aliann Pompey, announced yesterday that her AP Invitation Track and Field event will be suspended pending the announcement of the new date for the Olympics by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).The Tokyo Olympics was postponed until 2021 after talks between Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and the International Olympic Committee president, Thomas Bach, with both agreeing that the game’s postponement was the most appropriate response to the global disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.Concerns regarding the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus has led to the postponement of almost every sporting event around the world, and Pompey, who represented Guyana at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics, said she is happy to play her part in helping to keep the local and regional athletes safe.This year’s AP Invitation was originally schedule for June 4, at the National Track and Field Centre, and according to Pompey, “given the fact that this year’s API forms part of the World Athletics Continental Tour for the calendar year and is a major part of the preparation for athletes looking to qualify for Tokyo 2020, we want to ensure that the event offers athletes from around the world the best possible way, without hindrance, a chance to make their Olympic dream [come] true.“The IOC announced the postponement of the Games to take place no later than a year from the scheduled date and as such, API wants to leave the door open to the possibility of having the meet, should the Games be sometime sooner than next summer,” Pompey revealed.Nonetheless, Pompey said her AP Invitational will follow the lead of World Athletics,The National Sports Commissions (NSC) and the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) in adhering to the requirements and recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO), as well as regional and local health officials, joining the rest of the sporting world battling the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.The Olympic Games and Paralympics Games will continue to be called the “Olympic and Paralympics Games Tokyo 2020” even if they are held next year, and the Olympic flame will stay in Japan as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times.Pompey will hold the Invitational for the fifth time this year, with the inaugural meet hosting 11 athletes who went on to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.Meanwhile, the AP Invitational will be part of the recently structured World Athletics 2020 Continental Tour.  The Continental Tour will be divided into three levels: Gold, Silver and Bronze – whose status will be determined by the quality of competition and prize money on offer.World Athletics is investing in the Gold level meetings, which will offer US$200,000 in prize money, to increase the number of high-quality competitive opportunities available to showcase our sport’s best athletes. Area associations will be responsible for managing the Silver (US$75,000 prize money) and Bronze level competitions (US$25,000). There will be ten Silver and up to 50 Bronze meetings.Those disciplines that are not included in this year’s Wanda Diamond League final – 200m, 3000m steeplechase, triple jump, discus – will be core events in the Continental Tour Gold meetings, as will the hammer throw. Each will have guaranteed prize money of US$20,000 at each meeting.Performances in those events will attract the same level of world ranking points as the core Diamond League disciplines, and the overall tour winners will receive wildcard entry to the World Athletics Championships- Oregon 2021.last_img read more

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