The first step is admitting your addiction, right? Here goes, I love to ski, and I love to talk about skiing. These are both obsessions I suppose, but at least one of them is healthy. Social media has opened up the opportunity to interact with other skiers and ski resorts around the globe. Facebooking with my fall line friends is a great fix between trips to the ski trails. And there is the obvious benefit of getting the real scoop on ski conditions, since people can post on ski resorts' walls with the day's actual snow report - call it the facebook filter of flurries versus a mammoth dump of snow.
My latest, I love the Liftopia's facebook challenge app. You can click on every ski resort you have bagged with the "Where I have skied" app, which is a cool calculation by itself. But then you can take the challenge to the next level, by challenging your friends to a virtual vertical showdown. I have skied 107 ski areas in North America and Europe, pretty cool. How about you? Of course, no turns are carved, calories burned, or vertical accumulated with this facebook feature - so hit the ignore button if this sounds too braggadocios and boring to you. See you on the slopes.
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.