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Dumb Ways to Ruin a Ski Trip!

post #1 of 99
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So I decided to take a ride up to Sugar Mountain, NC this morning to get in a day of skiing.  About an hour into the trip, I was doing a mental checklist of the gear I brought with me.  To my great dismay, I HAD FORGOTTEN MY SKI JACKET eek.gif !!!   Since I had not brought any extra layers with me, I turned around and headed back home ... I will try again tomorrow.

 

Fortunately, this was only a day trip, but it got me thinking about other dumb ways you could ruin a ski trip ... any good stories out there?  If you can't laugh at yourself, what's the point?

post #2 of 99

I've done most dumb things once!
 

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Originally Posted by hobbes429 View Post

 I HAD FORGOTTEN MY SKI JACKET eek.gif !!!   


I did the same thing once going to Vail- was so busy packing everyone's gear but ended up buying a cheap UGLY one in resort and skied with the group.

 

I also forgot to take my boots out of my car once when a fellow bear came to pick me up and asked if she could drive so she wouldn't forget anything- we ended up switching to Copper instead of Vail.

 

Rented Polls once in Loveland after a vehicle switch also.

 

post #3 of 99

Brought my girlfriend

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Brought my girlfriend



Ditto.

post #5 of 99
Wearing incorrect socks. I believe the root of all evil is poor sock choice.

Also: Partying so much you can't ski. Big pow today- lots of people out early on Start Bus right now.
post #6 of 99
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I did the same thing once going to Vail- was so busy packing everyone's gear but ended up buying a cheap UGLY one in resort and skied with the group.

 

Had I been on a multi-day trip, I DEFINITELY would have bought something "cheap" as well.  I am sure this will not be the last time I do something sub-moronic to sabotage my skiing enjoyment!

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So I decided to take a ride up to Sugar Mountain, NC this morning to get in a day of skiing.  About an hour into the trip, I was doing a mental checklist of the gear I brought with me.  To my great dismay, I HAD FORGOTTEN MY SKI JACKET eek.gif !!!   Since I had not brought any extra layers with me, I turned around and headed back home ... I will try again tomorrow.


 

LOL.  According to the weather it is  REALLY COLD there today haha.  Seriously though, the shops at the resorts and around town have some pretty good deals going, better than I've ever seen at highway robbery locations.  I probably would have either pushed on and gotten one at the resort or been OK with going back for it and still pushing on being there an hour later than usual.  Appalachian now has 8 hour flex tickets and doesn't shut down late afternoon anymore so you always get your money's worth no matter what time you arrive. I'd go there if concerned about missing the morning/day/full time window.

Too bad, I doubt any of those places would be crowded today regardless of what time you arrived and all of them have great coverage now.   But, tomorrow ought to be just as good.

 

Lemme see, dumb things that I did to screw up a ski day.  I can think of a lot of "almosts".  I guess the one thing that comes to mind is too much apres ski or partying the night I arrived making the first few hours of skiing more painful than it should be or even causing me to blow off an entire day. 

post #8 of 99

Was at Bachelor and left my shell in the hotel.  Instead of turning around I took an old overcoat out of the back of the van and used it.  A few extra safety pins helped increase its air tightness (not great even then).  I also realized that it was a very cold day and my helmet plugs were stashed in my shell pocket, so I used wadded up napkins from the lodge.  It worked, marginally, and I skied for the day.  I looked rather unusual.

post #9 of 99

I've never ruined a trip, but I left my boots in the car overnight ONCE!

post #10 of 99
Switched to new set of ski clothing, forgot to move the season pass over, didn't notice till after two runs.
post #11 of 99

Did the jacket thing once. Couldn't bring myself to buy a cheap, ugly jacket for one day of skiing. Ended up buying a $400 jacket that I knew I would wear for years.

 

The worst thing we did to ruin a ski trip was actually go.

 

The phone rang the morning we were to fly out to Snowmass to a recording saying our flight had been cancelled.  We should have just said "thank you" and gone back to sleep.  Instead, my wife and I spent the next 4 hours on our laptops and phones rebooking everything. Though, this required flying into Denver, picking up a car rental, driving it to Vail, to change cars, continuing on to Snowmass, 1 1/2 days later.  This was followed by my son getting sick (cold) and my wife getting sick from the altitude.

 

2 days later when they were ready to ski, about 3 hours in, my wife fell and tore her ACL, MCL and miniscus on one leg, and MCL on the other.  FYI, you do get good treatment going thru the airport with 2 full length leg braces in a wheelchair.

 

Next time our flights are cancelled, I think we'll take it as a sign and stay home.

post #12 of 99
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The worst thing we did to ruin a ski trip was actually go.

 

The phone rang the morning we were to fly out to Snowmass to a recording saying our flight had been cancelled.  We should have just said "thank you" and gone back to sleep.  Instead, my wife and I spent the next 4 hours on our laptops and phones rebooking everything. Though, this required flying into Denver, picking up a car rental, driving it to Vail, to change cars, continuing on to Snowmass, 1 1/2 days later.  This was followed by my son getting sick (cold) and my wife getting sick from the altitude.

 

2 days later when they were ready to ski, about 3 hours in, my wife fell and tore her ACL, MCL and miniscus on one leg, and MCL on the other.  FYI, you do get good treatment going thru the airport with 2 full length leg braces in a wheelchair.

 

Next time our flights are cancelled, I think we'll take it as a sign and stay home.


OUCH!  Somebody was definitely trying to tell you something when the flight was cancelled!  I had a skiing accident about 10 years ago that resulted in 2nd degree tears of the ACL and the MCL, as well as a slight fracture of the fibula.  I hate hearing those stories!  Hope she is back in the skiing saddle and that trip is a distant memory!

 

post #13 of 99
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OUCH!  Somebody was definitely trying to tell you something when the flight was cancelled!  I had a skiing accident about 10 years ago that resulted in 2nd degree tears of the ACL and the MCL, as well as a slight fracture of the fibula.  I hate hearing those stories!  Hope she is back in the skiing saddle and that trip is a distant memory!

 



It's just a memory to me.  It's more of a painfull reminder to her.

 

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It's just a memory to me.  It's more of a painfull reminder to her.

 



I'm guessing she doesn't go on that many ski trips after that.

post #15 of 99

Couch surfed at a Bud's house in Manchester VT and went to K-Mart the next day. Got all my stuff on then realized my boots were still sitting on a heat radiator at his house. Drove the hour back to his house + the hour back to K-Mart.

 

Also got ski coat stuck in car door that ripped the zipper out at Bradley airport for a Whistler trip many moons ago. Debated all kinds of remedies but just ended up spending mucho dinaro in Van for something that would endure a weeks woth of WB's normal January dreck weather.

post #16 of 99

My friend got hit in the head by another snowboarder, he definitely got a concussion.  Helmets have been bought for this season.    Anyhoo, the helmet thread is over there.

 

Another friend in our caravan didn't quite secure a snowboard to a rack, and it worked it's way loose and flew off while at speed.  Luckily no accident and the board was recovered from the middle of the road.

 

I broke a ski on a frozen mogul run that everyone else had the good sense to not ski, but it was on the last day of the trip in the afternoon, so it wasn't ruined.

post #17 of 99
I've never forgotten my jacket, pants, boots, skis or poles. Other things like my goggles (I have 4 pairs now lol) and ski pack or snacks/camelbak I have forgotten.
post #18 of 99

Forgetting contacts. You can buy or rent nearly anything else but you can't pick up a new pair of contacts just anywhere.

post #19 of 99

I've been skiing for 45 years. In that time, I've forgotten most things you can forget at least once. You guys/gals should know that you can either rent or borrow most gear at the hill. Skis, boots, poles (or polls if you're Mefree and watching too much political coverage) can obviously be rented. But many mountains also rent clothing. I once rented a jacket at Stowe after forgetting mine. And if you can't rent it, there's always lost and found - a.k.a. the loaner storage area. I've borrowed single poles, single and pairs of gloves/mittens, goggles, etc from lost and found. As long as you return it at the end of the day, it is a great solution.

 

I also remember my Dad once making a big deal about everyone being responsible for their OWN gear. It doesn't matter who loaded the ski rack, if you don't check for your gear, it is your fault.

post #20 of 99

The on mountain ski/bike shop where i work rents jackets and pants but it is mostly for when Air Canada causes luggage to arrive a day or two after the skier.

 

We sell more bathing suits in winter than summer.

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Wearing incorrect socks. I believe the root of all evil is poor sock choice.

 

I've bought socks several times.  I've also learned that thin wool/synthetic dress socks work acceptably.

 

I thought I left my boots in the hotel in the first day at the Tahoe Gathering a few years ago, because I couldn't find them when I got there and I couldn't remember bringing them out to the car.  Turns out I'd left them in the car overnight and they'd fallen down under the fold-down rear seat.  I actually looked into rentals (none in my size at Heavenly), and then fortunately checked the car thoroughly one more time before driving back.

 

I really did forget my boots going to teach once... rental boots = unfun.

 

I totaled my car half an hour from where I was going in NH a few years ago on a day I'd taken off to go skiing.  It had snowed the day before, but clear skies that day, highways were totally clear... except that patch of snow and ice I came across while I was passing a snowplow.  Wound up hitting a guardrail on the right side of the road backwards at a fairly high speed (I'd started in the left lane).  I was REALLY glad I had the extended towing range package from AAA.  The good news is the new car has AWD and the insurance arbitration board people took the points off my record.

post #22 of 99
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Originally Posted by MiRider View Post

Brought my girlfriend



[laughing]


 

 

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I've never ruined a trip, but I left my boots in the car overnight ONCE!



Ditto: ONCE!


 

 

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Originally Posted by Sinecure View Post

...I also remember my Dad once making a big deal about everyone being responsible for their OWN gear. It doesn't matter who loaded the ski rack, if you don't check for your gear, it is your fault.


 

Exactly! Goes along with "If you can't carry it, don't bring it".

post #23 of 99

The way I pack makes it pretty screw up proof.  Nike gym bag for boots and helmet in one section, gloves, goggles, pass, ipod, hat, etc in other.  I have got up on the lift without my pass a number of times, so I just run back to the car real quick.  Where I like to park at Mammoth (the Mill) it is easy to get back to the car to change out skis (always bring a few pair) or to change goggles.  I was suppose to be up there this weekend, but I cancelled a few weeks ago in the hope that would bring the dumpage.  About 17 inches last night and snowing today, so ya, you guys are welcome.

post #24 of 99

First time out this year I forgot gloves.  Fortunately it was not a cold day and I found two gloves that mostly fit in the lost and found box.  I put them back at the end of the day.

post #25 of 99

I have honestly bought a new ski jacket rather than drive 30 minutes home.

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I have honestly bought a new ski jacket rather than drive 30 minutes home.



It's an even easier decision when you're 150 miles from home.

 

post #27 of 99

I have never forgotten anything ever when going on a ski trip. 

post #28 of 99
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Originally Posted by MiRider View Post

Brought my girlfriend



^FTW - I laughed.

post #29 of 99
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I have never forgotten anything ever when going on a ski trip. 



Does that mean you have never gone on a ski trip?

post #30 of 99

I forgot my jacket, but had a fleece jacket with me, so bought a shel at Crystal.  It was in spring and all they had left was a large Burton shell jacket with crazy-ass bright color lightning-like things on black background.  So now I have a loose fitting shell and every thinks I'm going to hit the park and do some crazy tricks.  I get compliments on the jacket everywhere I go, every time. 

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