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post #1 of 15
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Describe your most memorable ski moment or moments. Not necessarily a trip or a day, but distill it down to an actual moment that sticks in your memory like a postcard. When someone asks you, "why do you enjoy skiing so much?," this is one of the loops that plays through your mind.

 

 

 

My moment was about a month ago at Crystal Mountain, and it was the first time I skied powder. I was demoing Line Prophet 98s because there was about 8 inches of new snow on the ground, and I had been struggling throughout the morning due to the psychological barrier I had created regarding deep snow. Most of the problem stemmed from my fear of letting the skis ski themselves: I kept trying to turn like I did on groomers. We made a run down Sluiceway onto Kelly's Gap road, and traversed across to an area without any tracks. I decided to run a bit faster and wider in the turns, and became aware of a sound like the "F" at the beginning of the word "free." I then realized that I could not feel and vibration or bumps through the skis. I was floating on top of the snow. It was smooth, like the last time I went up in a helicopter. I am still unable to convey this feeling to my wife, who is just learning to ski. She can tell, though, that I am a junky.

post #2 of 15

First trip to Colorado, standing at the top of the stairs between the parking lots and base lodge thinking............can't breathe.... must catch more oxygen and get to the top of that awesome looking mountain!

 

There was about 18" of light fluffy fluff at the top that morning too..

post #3 of 15

When I was 6 years old, and a pretty new skier, being brought down my first black diamond hill by my uncle - in my little wedge securely between his knees and within that big carefully controlled wedge of his 230cm skis. He was one of the best skiers I remember - and I wish he was still alive, but alas very few 10th Mountain Div. WW2 vets like him are still around.

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When I was 6 years old, and a pretty new skier, being brought down my first black diamond hill by my uncle - in my little wedge securely between his knees and within that big carefully controlled wedge of his 230cm skis. He was one of the best skiers I remember - and I wish he was still alive, but alas very few 10th Mountain Div. WW2 vets like him are still around.



Great memory.

post #5 of 15

I have had many but watching Bode make-up 4 seconds in the final SL run in the Combined in 2002 live was top shelf:

 

Thanks,

JF

post #6 of 15

& then there was first tracks down this:

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& the perfect Spring day on this:

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JF

post #7 of 15

Way too many to have only one most memorable moment out of 49 years, but I'll share one.

 

I invited a co-worker out to a concert, but she turned me down.  She said she didn't want to date me but we could go skiing instead!  

 

We went to Stevens Pass, where she had never skied, and went to 7th Heaven which is marked as all double black runs.  The chair ride is a bit intimidating and when you get off you're right on the first slope covered with huge, steep bumps, there's not even a real platform to unload to.  I was feeling trepidatious about bringing her up there, but she insisted.  She got to the top, put on her poles, said, "this way?", and dove off through the bumps with aplomb.  I fell in love in that instant.

 

We're still together.

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Way too many to have only one most memorable moment out of 49 years, but I'll share one.

 

I invited a co-worker out to a concert, but she turned me down.  She said she didn't want to date me but we could go skiing instead!  

 

We went to Stevens Pass, where she had never skied, and went to 7th Heaven which is marked as all double black runs.  The chair ride is a bit intimidating and when you get off you're right on the first slope covered with huge, steep bumps, there's not even a real platform to unload to.  I was feeling trepidatious about bringing her up there, but she insisted.  She got to the top, put on her poles, said, "this way?", and dove off through the bumps with aplomb.  I fell in love in that instant.

 

We're still together.


Haha, sounds like she was taking you out for a test drive!

JF

 

 

post #9 of 15

Standing in a secluded spot on the edge of a piste in Puy St Vincent overlooking the magnificent Parc des Ecrins with my then 6 year old daughter. We stopped and I just said to her always to remember to look around because that's why we come to the mountains. I saw the understanding in her eyes. That was 1992 and the passion she and my other 2 kids have for the mountains and for skiing is inspiring.

post #10 of 15

Can't tell this in "25 words or less", sorry:

 

I had taken 12-15 year break from skiing after back surgery scared me away. Finally got to a point where I felt guilty about not getting my then 9 yr old kid on the slopes and missed skiing a LOT, so I had a heart-to-heart with my MD who basically told me "go ahead and try it, you're a big boy, if it hurts you'll have to stop". So we headed to the Poconos with some friends for a weekend and it couldn't have been better - no pain for me and my daughter took to skiing like the provebial duck to water.

 

Couple more Pocono trips to prove that one weekend wasn't a fluke and booked us a trip to Steamboat - for my daughter's first trip to Colorado I took her to the same place I went on my first western trip (about a hundred years ago according to her!) As I had hoped, the big mountains wowed her without intimidating her and making runs with 50 or more turns at a time - compared to Pennsylvania ski runs with a dozen or so turns per run - improved her skiing dramatically within 2-3 days. So we get up on top of Sunshine Peak one morning with about 6" of fresh and I tell her to take the lead and show me how many nice turns she can make one after another. To my great pleasure, I soon notice that she's really got the feel for smooth linked turns and she's going to keep on turning indefinitely, so I drop in behind her and start matching her turns. Father and daughter making figure 8s together for the first time, all the way down the Sunshine Liftline, what a feeling! Between pride and joy in my daughter's new found skill, and the thrill of experiencing big cruising that 10 years earlier I had thought was lost to me, that was a memorable moment I'll never forget! 

 

         

post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by sr31aj View Post

Can't tell this in "25 words or less", sorry:

 

I had taken 12-15 year break from skiing after back surgery scared me away. Finally got to a point where I felt guilty about not getting my then 9 yr old kid on the slopes and missed skiing a LOT, so I had a heart-to-heart with my MD who basically told me "go ahead and try it, you're a big boy, if it hurts you'll have to stop". So we headed to the Poconos with some friends for a weekend and it couldn't have been better - no pain for me and my daughter took to skiing like the provebial duck to water.

 

Couple more Pocono trips to prove that one weekend wasn't a fluke and booked us a trip to Steamboat - for my daughter's first trip to Colorado I took her to the same place I went on my first western trip (about a hundred years ago according to her!) As I had hoped, the big mountains wowed her without intimidating her and making runs with 50 or more turns at a time - compared to Pennsylvania ski runs with a dozen or so turns per run - improved her skiing dramatically within 2-3 days. So we get up on top of Sunshine Peak one morning with about 6" of fresh and I tell her to take the lead and show me how many nice turns she can make one after another. To my great pleasure, I soon notice that she's really got the feel for smooth linked turns and she's going to keep on turning indefinitely, so I drop in behind her and start matching her turns. Father and daughter making figure 8s together for the first time, all the way down the Sunshine Liftline, what a feeling! Between pride and joy in my daughter's new found skill, and the thrill of experiencing big cruising that 10 years earlier I had thought was lost to me, that was a memorable moment I'll never forget! 

 

         



I'm looking forward to similar experiences with my 10 year old son.

 

post #12 of 15
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We're still together.


Has she warmed up to that over indulgent, music teacher kinda music yet?

 

post #13 of 15

Like many here I have had many memorable moments on skis during my 40 years of skiing including many involving my daughter as she progressed through the years but I have to say that the dfining moment of my skiing career wasn't a single moment, but a whole week of them when I went to St Anton Austria with my Uncle who introduced me to skiing and my cousin who I learned to ski with.

 

After one day of skiing with my Uncle on the easier pistes (he was 72 at the time) my cousin and I signed up for a back country tour with an instructor guide and for the next four days we skiied the natural Alps with all freshies, all day!   We skied from town to town having lunch in very cool villages nestled in the alps.  Skiing the birthplace of skiing!  Skiing with a multinational group was inspiring.  I still get shivers just thinking about it!

 

All skiers should ski the Alps at least once!

 

Ski on!

 

Rick G

post #14 of 15

First time skiing in the Rockies left me utterly awestruck, but the memory that truly sticks with me was actually on a smaller local hill:

 

I was riding the chair with my young daughter, who could finally and proudly follow Dad anywhere on the hill.  Trying to plot our next run, I asked her which way she wanted to go off the lift.   She paused, thought about it for a second, and replied, "Wherever the wind blows me."  Wise beyond her years, I've tried to follow her example in other areas, learning to enjoy the ride and the moments in life, remembering to occasionally just go wherever the wind blows me.

post #15 of 15

This run from nearly the last day of the season last year on a perfect spring day when I figured that I was an "OK" skier.

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