This morning I woke up at 5am (okay 5:15, I hit snooze once) and skinned uphill at Arapahoe Basin. I’m teaching myself how to ski and I had a really great day on Friday so I wanted to make sure I got out again before I go to Maine on Thursday, but unfortunately I’m working every day until then.
An early morning skin before work was the only answer I could come up with in my limited schedule. About halfway up the first hill I started thinking about why getting up early for a skin is something that I am willing to do when the rest of my friends are still sleeping, here is what I came up with…
1. You’ll avoid the crowds
If you live in or are visiting a popular place chances are that between 8-10 is when the crowds come out in full force. If you’ve ever been to a national park in the summer time or a ski resort on the weekend you know that I am talking about. It’s absolutely crazy and can make your day more frustrating waiting in line or not able to get the photo you want because there are too many people. Getting out early, I’m talking like 6am at the latest, usually will help you to avoid these crowds of people.
2. You’ll feel awesome for the rest of the day
Have you ever not had an awesome day after a dawn patrol mission? Getting outside and being active early in the morning releases those happy chemicals in your brain. Plus you have accomplished something before most people are even out of bed. When you get to work at 9am after skiing powder all morning I promise you’ll be smiling ear to ear while everyone else is bummed because they’re working on a pow day.
3. You’ll get your workout done and can relax the rest of the day
When I get home from work at night, the last thing I usually feel like doing is working out. I drag my butt over to the yoga mat, do a 10-20 minute work out and call it good. When you start your day with a brisk hike or a backcountry ski you are energized from your night of sleep and ready to tackle the challenge. Then when you get home from work later you can park it on the couch and watch Netflix because you’re workout is done!
4. You’ll sleep better
If you’re at all like me you might not sleep very well unless you’ve been active during the day. On days when you sleep in until 8am – you are less likely to fall asleep before 10pm. When you get up at 5am, work your butt off and then work all day, I promise you’ll be in bed by 9pm sharp, and sound asleep by 9:07pm.
5. You get to watch the sunrise
My favorite part about getting up early to get out? When I turn my headlamp off just before sunrise and enjoy the colors of the morning sky. It’s the cherry on top that makes the whole rest of the morning worth every moment. I’ve seen some of the most beautiful sunrises by making sure to be up above treeline before it happens.