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Why Your Ski Vacation MUST Have a Name

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Things of importance have names. You were given a name, right? You may have mixed opinions on how much you like your name, but someone had to take the time to come up with one, but why?

Do you ever wonder why hurricanes are given names? According to NOAA, “Storms are given short, distinctive names to avoid confusion and streamline communications.”

Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”

When Juliet says, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet,” she is saying that a name doesn’t have any meaning; rather her love is for the person behind the title. Well, Juliet, that may sound all romantic and whatnot, but a lot of baggage is also going to come with the name Montague. The name Montague has meaning: you don’t have to like it, but it’s something you’ll have to come to terms with.

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Nice name, Rose.

“I can’t tell you how many high fives yelling “Operation SNOWCHASE” ™ have happened on the mountain, but it was a lot!”

The common thread between all of these thoughts about names is that if something has importance, it’s given a name. I’m having a hard time thinking of something with importance that doesn’t have a name. And I think ski trips are just as deserving of names. A lot goes in to a ski trip: from finding a place, finding friends to go with, finding vacation time, finding money to pay for the trip, and more. Pockets has several posts on planning for ski trips: Amateurs Discuss Strategy and Are We There Yet?

Our first ski trip was named “Operation SNOWCHASE” ™. Thinking back, I’m not exactly sure how the name came up, but it really sums up everything that the trip was about. I can’t tell you how many high fives yelling “Operation SNOWCHASE” ™ have happened on the mountain, but it was a lot!

We kept the name “Operation SNOWCHASE” ™ for our second ski vacation together: to Park City, where we visited Park City Mountain Resort and Alta. As we’re driving through the canyons to Alta in our SUV, listening to a mix of James Bond theme music, I felt as though we were on a really serious mission. And the mission for me was: Get on that mountain, make the most of the day I’ve been given, on that bright white snow, under that bright blue sky, and don’t let anything stand in my way!

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Our commemorative sigil from the original “Operation SNOWCHASE” ™

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