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1973 home movies: Arapahoe Basin, South Park, Copper Mountain, with some random preschool cross-training thrown in for good measure

post #1 of 16
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 Okay, I promised someone I'd post this ... having second thoughts, but what the hell.

 

My dad found the old super 8 film of my very first ski day ever -- the cool thing (to me) is, it was on the hill on which we  now own a condo, so every day I'm at Copper Mountain, I ski down the same little slope to go back home. He is digitizing the old movies, hasn't quite gotten to this one yet, but I was over there today and he wanted to show me, so I recorded it with my phone.

 

First brief scene is ABasin, then some wagon footage, then apparently my parents were trying to cripple me with some torture device clown shoes (those must qualify as my first skis!), then we have South Park, and then Copper. This was early 1973, the first season it was open. We are at the Green Acres learning area, where Pitchfork lift is now, but there was no lift then. I'm not sure if we just walked up? I'll have to ask.There is currently a poma over on the edge of the hill, which I haven't seen running in eons, but I'm not sure if it was there then or not. You can see Timber Creek condos in that sequence, too. Final shot is of the old bubble lift, F. 

 

(MA is welcome, of course. Please remember I was only  4, or maybe I had just turned 5. And poles! I'm not sure I have ever skied without them, if I had them on my first day.)

 

post #2 of 16

Very cool!

I'm amazed at the quality. It's very watchable even though filmed on a phone projected on a box.

Playing on the mound of snow -very cute. Independent, persistant, (possibly stubborn?), adventurous.smile.gif

Towing with the tricycle - classic.

The clown shoes, (this why you hate clowns?) seemed to help your balance. That's pretty good when you get on skis for first time!

 

Bubble lift? You're inside with clear plastic?

I guess it was awful or we'd have more of them.

post #3 of 16

Very cool stuff.  Fun to find treasures like that.  It is truly amazing how often life brings us back to the same locations.

 

Did you live down in Colorado Springs?  The South Park footage just made me wonder. 

post #4 of 16

This is totally cool!  Awesome that it was preserved.  beercheer.gif

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Did you live down in Colorado Springs?  The South Park footage just made me wonder. 


Exactly right.

 

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Very cool!

I'm amazed at the quality. It's very watchable even though filmed on a phone projected on a box.

Playing on the mound of snow -very cute. Independent, persistant, (possibly stubborn?), adventurous.smile.gif

Towing with the tricycle - classic.

The clown shoes, (this why you hate clowns?) seemed to help your balance. That's pretty good when you get on skis for first time!

 

Bubble lift? You're inside with clear plastic?

I guess it was awful or we'd have more of them.

 

Those red plastic things ... I remember wanting SO BADLY to be able to use them. I don't know how long I spent trying, have to ask my mom. I think I took them out quite often, and then became frustrated soon thereafter. No wonder -- plastic boat hull bottoms with no tail. I think they were called Ski Skates. Perhaps it was an evil plan hatched by my parents to save money on ski lessons: once I could stand up on Ski Skates, real skis would be a piece of cake.

 

The bubble was replaced in 1989 by the American Eagle high speed quad. I hated putting the cover down, because the plexiglas was so scratched you couldn't see out, and people would stick gum and crap on it. ew.

 

 

post #7 of 16

You were a tall 4 or 5 year old - not surprising. smile.gif

 

Clown shoes?  Those looked like the boat-like shoe sled thingies my sister and I had when we were kids.  They had straps to tie your feet down into the little "boats" and then you could slide around on the snow while wearing them.  I think we landed on our asses a lot when using them.

post #8 of 16

Now that's a trip down memory lane! Thanks for sharing.

post #9 of 16
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 Those looked like the boat-like shoe sled thingies my sister and I had when we were kids.  They had straps to tie your feet down into the little "boats" and then you could slide around on the snow while wearing them.  I think we landed on our asses a lot when using them.

 

Yes, that sounds very familiar!
 

 

post #10 of 16

That was a well spent two and a half minutes. Thanks for posting it up.

 

Although I know you're all sorts of youthful, and stated that the film was from '73, but know that you were raised out there at the western edge of the great plains. Was kind of hoping that "wagon footage" meant Conestoga as opposed to Radio Flyer. biggrin.gif

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That was a well spent two and a half minutes. Thanks for posting it up.

 

Although I know you're all sorts of youthful, and stated that the film was from '73, but know that you were raised out there at the western edge of the great plains. Was kind of hoping that "wagon footage" meant Conestoga as opposed to Radio Flyer. biggrin.gif


We only used the covered wagon for long trips, silly. You can sort of see the canvas in the South Park footage..
post #12 of 16

You need to have a conversation with your Mom.

 

segbrown: Mom, my Epic ski friend, Philpug, is having a "retro" day at A-basin with some very fun people. Where did you store those great red ski pants, you remember, the form fitting ones that go in the boot? And I really need your ski jacket, I loved the way it flaired out over your hips. You were soooo cool back then. You had such long legs.

 

Mom: Gave them away years ago, nooooobody would wear them anymore.

 

segbrown (pouting): Mooooommmmm! How could you? Now I have to go to rummage sales.

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You need to have a conversation with your Mom.

 

segbrown: Mom, my Epic ski friend, Philpug, is having a "retro" day at A-basin with some very fun people. Where did you store those great red ski pants, you remember, the form fitting ones that go in the boot? And I really need your ski jacket, I loved the way it flaired out over your hips. You were soooo cool back then. You had such long legs.

 

Mom: Gave them away years ago, nooooobody would wear them anymore.

 

segbrown (pouting): Mooooommmmm! How could you? Now I have to go to rummage sales.


Wasn't that an awesome outfit?? My mom looked so cool. She was also wearing a cream wool headband, which I stole in the 80s; you can sort of see in my avatar. I think I still have it, but it's itchy. We didn't know about fleece lining back then. Her sweater was a beautiful hand-knit piece from Italy -- I stole that, too, but not for skiing.

 

But here's the funny thing: I wore those red in-the-boot pants in 5th or 6th grade. It's likely we still have them somewhere. I outgrew them pretty quickly, however. (Stirrups don't have much wiggle room in length.) We might have the parka, too, which was quilted. But she wore it forever, until all the fur on the hood turned to mange. I have her leather boots in the basement, too. It was really a classic outfit. You could probably buy something similar from Post Card today, for about two grand. 

 

I think I can still fit into my dad's arctic gear and mukluks from Alaska in the 60s, though; that's pretty retro...

post #14 of 16

The clip from south park is the view from the ranch that my grandpa used to own there, that brings back some good memories.

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The clip from south park is the view from the ranch that my grandpa used to own there, that brings back some good memories.



Wow -- that is pretty cool. How long did he own it?

post #16 of 16

You should get those transferred to disc! 

 

ed: n/m, i see you are doing that alreadysmile.gif

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