Routt residents resolve to spend more time on the slopes

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— Getting more days on the slopes in 2009 did not merit a mention on the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion's annual New Year's resolution poll, but more skiing and riding seems to be at the top of the list for Routt County residents.

"I resolve to get more ski time in," Pete Daley said Wednesday, waiting for the end of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club practice at Howelsen Hill. "Every year it's the same, more biking and more skiing."

Daley, who said he works a lot of ski races, got grilled on his 2009 New Year's resolution by other winter sports club parents - whether he meant more time standing around in his ski boots at Nordic competitions, or time with his skis actually attached and cruising down trails. He assured them he meant true skier days.

Lots of locals appeared bewildered at the reminder that Wednesday was New Year's Eve, and some proceeded to panic with the realization that the hours to commit to a resolution were winding down.

According to Marist College's annual poll, 40 percent of American adults were very or somewhat likely to make a New Year's resolution this year. Topping the list was losing weight - the 2009 goal for one-fifth of resolution-makers - followed closely by quitting smoking at 16 percent, and spending less money or saving more, which comprised 12 percent of New Year's resolutions.

Exercising more often, eating healthier, and improving overall health followed in popularity, for a combined 20 percent, according to the Marist poll.

Kenny Reisman's New Year's resolution also was not one of the nation's most popular.

"No more Twizzlers. I've got to quit them," Reisman said, noting his affinity for the strawberry variety. "I'm trying to make my dentist happy."

Todd Millard said skiing more and spending more time with his family were his two big goals for the new year.

"My perennial one is to go on more dates with my wife, but it's hard when you have kids," Millard said. "That one's always got to be at the top of the list."

- To reach Melinda Dudley, call 871-4203

or e-mail mdudley@steamboatpilot.com

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