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post #61 of 126

^ Ha! Yes, it was empty. I'm sure someone just took it off up in the trees for some reason and dropped it on the slope. It was still disquieting though.  

post #62 of 126

At Spring Mountain I saw a giant trash can below the lift beneath an uprooted basketball hoop.  This way, cans of beer can be dropped through the hoop into the trashcan on the way up the lift.

post #63 of 126
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Here's one of the nicer rasta huts I've come across.  Don't recall exactly where (JK).

 

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That looks like the log structure we saw at the side of the trail at the Epic/DcSKI Mid-Atlantic gathering at Blue Knob last year.
 

 

post #64 of 126
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how did you know they were of African decent? how did you know they were american? did you ask them?

 

If I moved to africa noone is going to call me an american african, I am pretty sure they are going to call me white.


Reminded me of the times I've heard an American (I didn't ask them, but their accent gave them away) in Europe refer to a black guy (usually speaking French with no accent) as "African-American"

 

post #65 of 126
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Dude, just go along with the joke already.  That's how humor works.

Humor works best when it's funny. Dumb ass racist comments aren't funny.

post #66 of 126

Excuse my dumb ass question, but why does one need a hut to smoke a spliff?  Seems like you'd want to get back out on the hill, get your money's worth out of the lift ticket.  If I only need to go one tree row in to take a leak, seems like that would work for the potheads too.

post #67 of 126
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Excuse my dumb ass question, but why does one need a hut to smoke a spliff?  Seems like you'd want to get back out on the hill, get your money's worth out of the lift ticket.  If I only need to go one tree row in to take a leak, seems like that would work for the potheads too.



 

Who says the hut can't be right off the trial?  Some are.  Most pothead teens can't afford windproof cigar torch lighters.  The hut is the best place to be for safety meetings.  Sounds like you've just never been invited to onetongue.gif

post #68 of 126
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Reminded me of the times I've heard an American (I didn't ask them, but their accent gave them away) in Europe refer to a black guy (usually speaking French with no accent) as "African-American"

 



my point exactly.

post #69 of 126

2 memories i watched happen

 

first, the kid on the T-bar in front of me falls off, big deal, but one of his skis came off, again, big deal, but his boots (rear entry) must have been so poorly fit, that the ski and boot comes off, with the boot still attached to the binding. With the ski in, the brake wasn't down, and it started sliding towards me. I caught the ski and boot, and handed it to the kid happy around holding sock off the snow.

 

second: The top of a button lift in Anzere,  Turin, I think it's called, gets real steep, I mean, your thighs are burning for the last 20 feet. I noticed a swiss ski instructor with a 80 plus year old woman. She can actually ski, but then she's on the lift in front of me. I'm cringing, because not only is she near the top steep part, but my kids (ski school group) are behind and in front of her. I'm in a panic, cause at least one kid in the class has a turn falling off at the top of this lift. I'm shitting myself thinking one of my kids is gonna fall, start sliding, and wipe out the older lady. Instead, she loses it by herselfd, and the just starts rolling backwards taking out several of my kids below her. I could see the swiss instructor looking shit scared, thinking she must have broken something, if not expired. Fortuantely she does eventually stop, and he walks her up the last 50-60 feet.

 

 

post #70 of 126
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Humor works best when it's funny. Dumb ass racist comments aren't funny.


You would think it racist, wouldn't you?  Do you see a lot of black people out skiing, or would you say greater than 95% of skiers are white?  Maybe even >99%?  Skiing is a predominantly white sport whether you want to say it out loud or not.  Even if there are a few people of color who participate, we don't make up a big percentage.

 

I bet you and BPA would be a whole lot of fun to hang out with, sheeit. 

 

post #71 of 126
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Excuse my dumb ass question, but why does one need a hut to smoke a spliff?  Seems like you'd want to get back out on the hill, get your money's worth out of the lift ticket.  If I only need to go one tree row in to take a leak, seems like that would work for the potheads too.


 

Yes, potheads are known for maximizing economic value of their purchases and making only sound financial decisions.  Accounting firms like hiring them as Controllers.

post #72 of 126
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Yes, potheads are known for maximizing economic value of their purchases and making only sound financial decisions.  Accounting firms like hiring them as Controllers.



Nice, now we're basing stoners by comparing them  to controllers.  We're on quite a roll tonight ..nonono2.gif

post #73 of 126

I know of a couple of black skiers who've posted here. I've met one of them. It's unfortunate that there are not more. Do you think a black skier will feel welcome here when (s)he reads that the strangest thing some(?) (NO, ONLY ONE) of us has seen is a black person skiing!? Is it important for you to keep skiing all white or would you welcome greater diversity in our community?

 

Black Ski is the biggest ski club in USA. 

 

One of the best skiers in my High School was black. And his sister could ski too.

 

Take your stereotypes elsewhere. Not welcome here.

post #74 of 126

Two strange sights come to mind.  No pics so you have to trust me.

 

1. Skiing at Aspen Highlands about 10 years ago, we were on one of their long and gnarly cat tracks to bring you back to civilization and we came upon one of the resort's snow cats upside down having rolled sideways off the trail.

 

and

 

2. At Mt Bachelor 4 years ago, we say what is common there but no where else I have ever skied, big steam vent holes through the snow base.  Mt. Bachelor is an active volcano and there are places where the steam escapes preventing snow from sticking and creating these 24-36" diameter holes that look bottomless.

 

Both were very cool.

 

Rick G

post #75 of 126
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Who says the hut can't be right off the trial?  Some are.  Most pothead teens can't afford windproof cigar torch lighters.  The hut is the best place to be for safety meetings.  Sounds like you've just never been invited to onetongue.gif


No, I've been invited several times.  I just want to keep my job, complete with it's random drug testing.  Sheet, I've been to college.  Best 5 years of my life.
 

 

post #76 of 126
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Nice, now we're basing stoners by comparing them  to controllers.  We're on quite a roll tonight ..nonono2.gif


 

You think its an insult to stoners to say they're like Controllers?  LOL!  Now that's funny.

post #77 of 126
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I know of a couple of black skiers who've posted here. I've met one of them. It's unfortunate that there are not more. Do you think a black skier will feel welcome here when (s)he reads that the strangest thing some(?) (NO, ONLY ONE) of us has seen is a black person skiing!? Is it important for you to keep skiing all white or would you welcome greater diversity in our community?

 

Black Ski is the biggest ski club in USA. 

 

One of the best skiers in my High School was black. And his sister could ski too.

 

Take your stereotypes elsewhere. Not welcome here.

Hey genius...did you not catch that I'm not white?  Or were you assuming I'm white?  If so, why is that?
 

 


Edited by Toecutter - 12/1/11 at 9:52pm
post #78 of 126
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2. At Mt Bachelor 4 years ago, we say what is common there but no where else I have ever skied, big steam vent holes through the snow base.  Mt. Bachelor is an active volcano and there are places where the steam escapes preventing snow from sticking and creating these 24-36" diameter holes that look bottomless.

 

Both were very cool.

 

Rick G



Those steam vents are freaky.  I've gone right over the top of them in the trees.  You could easily disappear in some of them.

post #79 of 126

*Moderator Hat On*

 

We're getting very close to the line of acceptable/not acceptable with some of these racial comments. Please keep this discussion on weird things seen while skiing not the demographics of the skiing community and comparing accountants to stoners lest we have to move this discussion into the Supporter Lounge. Thank you.

 

*Moderator Hat Off*

post #80 of 126


How's this for a fancy smoke shack?

 

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I'd say this old guy dressed in purple is kinda weird looking:

 


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post #81 of 126
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*Moderator Hat On*

 

We're getting very close to the line of acceptable/not acceptable with some of these racial comments. Please keep this discussion on weird things seen while skiing not the demographics of the skiing community and comparing accountants to stoners lest we have to move this discussion into the Supporter Lounge. Thank you.

 

*Moderator Hat Off*


 

Okay.  I once saw a gay...

 

Just kidding tylr.  I'm all done now.

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One time I was at A-Basin, heading up the Palli lift. The fall line of the trail is almost perpendicular to the lift in a few places. So I was riding up and a helmet with the goggles attached rolled out of the trees on the upper side, right under the lift, and down into the trees on the other side.  th_dunno-1[1].gif


That maybe the section of Pali where I saw a ski sliding along under the lift.  I picked it up, assuming it fell off the lift, and was about to take it

down to the lift loading area.  ,Trekchick, an EpicSki moderator, suddenly yells from the woods. "hey you got my ski"  'Im now:roflmao.gif

 

post #83 of 126
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2. At Mt Bachelor 4 years ago, we say what is common there but no where else I have ever skied, big steam vent holes through the snow base.  Mt. Bachelor is an active volcano and there are places where the steam escapes preventing snow from sticking and creating these 24-36" diameter holes that look bottomless.

 

Both were very cool.

 

Rick G


Be very careful to go no where near any steam vents.  The danger is off the chart.

 

5 or 10 years ago at Mammoth Mt one of their ski patrollers fell in one of these volcanic vents. Both he and another patroler who roped down 30 feet  to rescue him died of suffocation

due to the lack of oxygen in the air. A third one nearly died but was hauled out by other patrollers and is OK.

 

post #84 of 126
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Be very careful to go no where near any steam vents.  The danger is off the chart.

 

5 or 10 years ago at Mammoth Mt one of their ski patrollers fell in one of these volcanic vents. Both he and another patroler who roped down 30 feet  to rescue him died of suffocation

due to the lack of oxygen in the air. A third one nearly died but was hauled out by other patrollers and is OK.

 


Whoa, scary.  I usually don't even see the vents until I'm right on top of one and I look down to see a gaping hole beneath me.

 

post #85 of 126
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Hey genius...did you not catch that I'm not white?  Or were you assuming I'm white?  If so, why is that?
 

 


 

Hey Toecutter,  I am assuming that you are black, not that there is anything wrong with that!  LOL  

 

Anyway I have an amusing story to relate to you.  I think you will get a chuckle.  I have a good buddy that happens to be black, and grew up in the inner city neighborhoods of Pittsburgh.  We are both in our 50's. Anyway after returning from one of my ski trips out west, I was telling him about the trip when he interrupts me by asking, "Rick, I got to ask you something.  Do any black people ski?  You know, we don't like the cold!"  After cracking up with a good belly laugh, I do tell him that yes, black people do ski and tell him of the black instructor I knew at 7 Springs and other black skiers I have met over the years.  I then offer to take him if he wanted to try it, he looks at me and gives me a big, Thanks, but NO THANKS!

 

I also saw that you commented on the vent holes at Mt. Bachelor which appears to be your home resort.  Just want to tell you that we had an absolute blast the week we skied there.  Had a couple of the best powder days of my life as well as some most excellent tree skiing that rivaled my favorite glades at Steamboat.

 

Ski On!

 

Rick G

post #86 of 126

At Stevens Pass sometime in the 80s (I think) I was at the top of 7th Heaven, and stopped, luckily.  Suddenly a military jet came blasting over the top of the peak of Cowboy Mountain less than 100' over my head.  Before this happened it was completely quiet.  There was no sound of its approach, no warning at all.  There was just a sudden ear-splitting sound that made me feel like the world was ending  It literally overloaded all of my senses, I swear I went blind for a moment.  I found myself laying on the snow and as I picked myself up I noticed that every skier I could see (maybe 5 or so) was also down.  I'm still pissed.  That is not an approved area for military jets to exercise.

post #87 of 126
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Okay.  I once saw a gay...

 

Just kidding tylr.  I'm all done now.



Here is another amusing story.  Some years ago, I was visiting my brother (who is gay)  in Seattle over Christmas.  I wanted to ski Crystal for a day and my brother doesn't ski, but I happen to have a 1st cousin who also lives in Seattle and who also is gay but happens to be a skier.  We made plans to ski for a day while I was there.

 

So we are at Crystal and I had never skied with my cousin before and it became apparent that I was several levels above his ability.  We were at a top of a black diamond run and he was balking about skiing down, when a couple stopped by us and offered a couple of encouaging words to my cousin.  They ended up skiing the run with us.  The guy was about 6'4" and obvisously very athletic, later finding out he was a gym teacher.  So on the chairlift up, I ask them about some more difficult terrain that I could ski that would be close to an easier trail for my cousin.  He suggested a run that I should ski and said that they would take my cousin to another slope and that we should then meet for lunch at the on hill restaruant.  Then we split up.

 

I arrived at the restaurant took a look around and spotted the lady part of the couple.  I waved to her and she came over with a sly grin and stated to me,"It appears that my brother and your cousin have a lot in common!"  Of course I had thought that the two were in a relationship.   We join her brother and my cousin at the table.  I sarcastically ask, what are the odds that the only two gay skiers on the mountain would meet up?  They both looked at me and replied in unison, "Gaydar!"   We all had a great old belly laugh over that.  Turns out their Grandfather was involved in getting Crystal started and they had a cabin in the woods down the road, and invited us for some apres ski drinks and snacks.  They were some really good folks.  I don't think my cousing ever kept in contact with him but it sure was a good time for all.

 

Rick G

 

 

 

post #88 of 126

I have also been "buzzed" recently, usually once or twice a year; and I thought about it. I think a lot of fighter pilots are skiers, or at least relate to skiing, speed, and g forces. they rip over Palisades and sometimes have the power cranked up to a roar, sometimes do a partial roll a couple hundred feet up. They do appear out of nowhere, that is one of their skills right? and I had the same reaction: go flat to the ridge. At least flying under the cable car span is not one of their maneuvers.
 

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At Stevens Pass sometime in the 80s (I think) I was at the top of 7th Heaven, and stopped, luckily.  Suddenly a military jet came blasting over the top of the peak of Cowboy Mountain less than 100' over my head.  Before this happened it was completely quiet.  There was no sound of its approach, no warning at all.  There was just a sudden ear-splitting sound that made me feel like the world was ending  It literally overloaded all of my senses, I swear I went blind for a moment.  I found myself laying on the snow and as I picked myself up I noticed that every skier I could see (maybe 5 or so) was also down.  I'm still pissed.  That is not an approved area for military jets to exercise.



 

post #89 of 126
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You would think it racist, wouldn't you?  Do you see a lot of black people out skiing, or would you say greater than 95% of skiers are white?  Maybe even >99%?  Skiing is a predominantly white sport whether you want to say it out loud or not.  Even if there are a few people of color who participate, we don't make up a big percentage. 

 

 



Oooooooooooooo, WEEE, now this is getting good.  If you were to actually ask a black person if they ski/sky dive/scuba dive/ whatever, the majority of them will tell you, "Sky dive?  Us black people have it hard enough on plain ol' flat land.  Looking for new ways to die is a white person thing."

 

 Telerod - no one cares that you tele.

 

 


Edited by guroo270 - 12/2/11 at 7:44am
post #90 of 126
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... At least flying under the cable car span is not one of their maneuvers.
 



 


 

Interesting recent update on the notorious incident when the USMC jet cut the aerial tram cable at an Italian ski area in 1998:

http://www.worldcrunch.com/exclusive-classified-documents-show-us-full-responsibility-1998-italy-ski-gondola-disaster/3448

 

 

I don't have any really bizarre stories to report.  Back in the '90s I was skiing with a friend when his old ski boots "turned to dust before our very eyes".  We had been skiing for several hours when in the course of one run his boots began cracking in multiple places, by the time we got to the bottom of the hill he could show me his toes wiggling on one foot.

 

About eight years ago I led a group of 20 of my parish's altar boys on a field trip for a day of skiing.  I had coordinated this trip with a skiing catholic priest who accompanied us.  Most unusual, this ski area (Bryce Mtn, VA) has a full time diocesan Catholic church directly adjacent to the ski slopes.  It was a Saturday and at 5:30pm we all joined the local congregation in church and our priest celebrated the mass.  It was real nice and there was no shortage of altar boys for that service.ski.gif
 

 

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