Sure, it's a lot of work. It takes dedication and willingness to suffer a bit. But if you block all that out, or even learn to enjoy or embrace it, it allows you to concentrate on simple things like where you are, what you are doing. And at the end of the day, chances are, you click into your skis and it just makes everything better and totally worth it.
Dreaming of snow, peaks, and winter which is right around the corner.