When the Weather Channel makes its annual stakeout of western New York to tell the country lake-effect tales of woe, skiers at the east end of Lake Erie grin in anticipation. They know one of those prodigious snow bands is likely to lash Holiday Valley, perhaps the best ski area between the Adirondacks and the Rockies.
Discovering something new in skiing may simply be the result of where you happen to be standing in the liftline. Guys have met their wives this way. Last winter I discovered a new variety of skis. Their tails were only 4 inches long.