Australia is in the middle of a snow rush. The double header snow storm that hit hard two weeks ago has been followed by another massive half-metre dump this week, with more predicted on Saturday.
Today is a bluebird powder day across Australia's resorts. Let’s just say skiers, snowboarders and resorts are on a serious high champing-at-the-powder-bit to get first tracks and boast their luck on social media, to make the rest of us lament our non-powder lives.
But with every manic high their comes a low, a downer, a moment when it all gets too much and the toys get thrown out of the cot.
We call that 'privileged skier problems'. Those moments when you can’t really believe what came out of your fellow skier or snowboarder’s mouth, or even your own.
Paid too much for your ski pass? #privilegedskierproblem At least you can afford a ski pass.
Lift line too long? #privilegedskierproblem You could be lining up for food stamps instead.
Today I am cursing my ill-timed trip to Falls Creek (at least I am going to Falls Creek, right?), arriving tonight, and therefore missing this morning's bluebird powder day. If that's the biggest problem in my life, then clearly I should cancel therapy.
In moments of exhaustion I have heard myself spitting chips that there’s no gluten-free to be had, like a crossfit addict deprived of kale. I have complained about the stampede of fellow skiers and boarders behind me as I try to get first tracks, and I have screamed blue murder at my choice to ski in a blinding wind blizzard storm.
I have heard others complain about the speed (or lack of it) of a chairlift, that their hotel doesn’t have a bathtub only a shower in their ensuite, that they couldn’t get in to Nobu in Aspen (hellooo, you’re...in…Aspen), that their heli broke down and they had to ski down and hike out of a stunning remote mountain, that too much powder fogged up their lens, that the run wasn’t groomed perfectly enough.
Yes, that’s right. #privilegedskierproblem.
You know you’re having a bad day when you ski the best line and your GoPro just shows footage of the sky, you have to dig your car out of snow at the end of the day or that your café of choice didn’t have Bonsoy (guilty as charged on the last one).
Haters are always going to hate. There will always be a car park they have to hike from to get to the chairlift, there will always be a wait for a chairlift that needs de-icing, and telephone and internet will always be akin to a Jurassic digital park at Australia’s resorts until it is not.
Your ski pants will always not fit and you can be guaranteed that if you choose to ski in New Zealand it will snow in Australia and vice versa. You will lose one glove, never both, you will only find your ski socks once you’ve bought a new pair and you will always blow your budget. They are all a given.
But where else can you experience heated pavements (Beaver Creek, Colorado) to keep the snow off your boots, a random giant Jesus on the top of a ski run (Whitefish, Montana), free freshly-baked cookies (Beaver Creek, Colorado), hot coffee in a can in a vending machine at the end of the day (Hakuba, Japan). Ski resorts are fantasy bubbles where you go to suspend your reality.
So what if your plane couldn’t get into Queenstown and you had to bus in from Invercargill, and you had to drive to the snowfield rather than ski in and ski out, and you haven’t seen a blue sky in days because it has been snowing.
Skiing and snowboarding is a privilege, not a right, even if you have paid a lot of money to do it. In the big picture of life, if you can afford to ski and snowboard, then you are already rich - whether you dine on scroggin in your car, or fine-dine in a restaurant.
What's the best #privilegedskierproblem you've had or heard?
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