If you are employer in the mountains you have probably heard some of these before and you are an employee, you have to be more creative. The trick is to lay down the groundwork for your absence well before snow is in the forecast. A passing mention of seafood allergy or an outstanding warrant in the dog days of fall can pay massive dividends come winter. The more elaborate the fabrication, the better. Good luck out there, its a cat and mouse game playing hooky on a powder day.