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2012 Lake Cushing Crossing at Squaw Valley

post #1 of 14
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This is always a great way to finish the season at Squaw.  I took a few photos until my camera battery died, so I dont have a lot of the later runs.  The most memorable runs were: (1) the winning mens run- the firs time anyone did the crossing switch (i.e. backwards), that was pretty impressive.  (2) the "racer" run where a guy went through race gates floating on water, (3) Jeremy Jones' run where he schooled everyone by making a couple of sweeping turns on the lake surface and then still managed to complete the crossing, (4) the "barbecue" run, where the guy crossed the lake with a smoking barbecue strapped to his chest and was throwing grilled sausages to the crowd.  That particular run was my friends' dog favorite, because one of the sausages landed right next to him...

Also cudos to Amelia Richmond, Squaw' PR and marketing person who I think was the only one from the corporate office to don a silly costume and throw herself into the lake.  She didn't have enough momentum and sank half way through, but she's got a lot of street cred for that (next year- Andy Wirth should do it, that would get him at least some mileage with the Squaw crowd).  

 

A few pics from the day:

 

Its a long way to go across...

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This dude billed himself as "extreme ironer" (he is ironing his shirt as he crosses the lake)

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Scott Gaffney is about to wipe out on a pair of kids' snowboards

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Robb Gaffney showing a young student how to do a water pizza.  Note the perfect flex of the Blizzard flipcores!

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The pirate sank a few feet before the shore and the parrot was floating in the water for a long time...

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This was the winning women's run:

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This was also the first year the Wildflour Cookie Monster made it across the lake.  Cudios to Elija Sobel, (when he is not appearing as the Cookie Monster Eli is the Big Mountain team coach):

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This was a pretty cool idea:

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Overall, great fun, warm day, and a fitting end to the 2011-2012 Squaw Valley ski season.

post #2 of 14

Thanks for the pics!

post #3 of 14

We saw some of the crossings but decided to go back out to ski.  Glad you got some great pics!

 

 

post #4 of 14

I watched from the cheap seats...the lift. 

post #5 of 14

Overall, lots of fun. The extreme ironing guy was aiming to get his picture on their next calendar. Yes, there's a web site dedicated to extreme ironing. I'm sure you can figure out the url.

 

My daughter was bummed that you had to be 18 to compete. She was stoked to try. In a few years, I guess.

 

The guy with the habachi strapped around his chest was pretty funny. Robb Gaffney was great with his "animatronic" child.

 

My daughter hanging out enjoying the show:

 

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post #6 of 14

A few more pictures.

 

Not only did Jeremy Jones make it all the way across, he doused the crowd in the process. Judging from the angle of alexzn's photos, maybe this killed his camera, hence no photos of Jeremy?

 

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This guy managed the whole crossing switch:

 

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Here's the chef, notice the smoking hibachi:

 

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Apparently props are allowed. This one should appeal to some bears. I think he was on DH boards:

 

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post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 

Nice pictures!  Looks like you were in a perfect spot.  Those were probably the four best runs (I'd only add Robb Gaffney's run to the list, although it is even more impressive when he straightlines Siberia with the "animatronic child" in front of all the horrified tourists.  That's classic...

post #8 of 14

I didn't take those. I hijacked them off Squaw's FB page.

 

Gaffney:

 

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post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 

Oh, I see, that must be Keoki Flagg's work, he is always taking great photos for their PR shoots.  

post #10 of 14

I wonder if the baby has a sponsorship with Squaw, and Patagonia. I'm sure that its guardian would be happy to handle the financial arrangement. biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by Sinecure View Post

I didn't take those. I hijacked them off Squaw's FB page.

 

Gaffney:

 

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post #11 of 14

Bah. Humbug. It was a lot harder in the old days, before fat skis and snowboards. Bah. Humbug.

post #12 of 14

oldgoat, there was a prize for the best crossing on sub-70mm skis this season. Those that tried it were on skis of 220cm or more. There were also some people on snowlerblades - none of them made it all the way across. Most biffed within a few feet of entry.

post #13 of 14

looks like a good time!

post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Sinecure View Post

oldgoat, there was a prize for the best crossing on sub-70mm skis this season. Those that tried it were on skis of 220cm or more. There were also some people on snowlerblades - none of them made it all the way across. Most biffed within a few feet of entry.

I might have to make myself some 10 foot longboards. I think I could walk across on those. (Real men ski on skis measured in feet, not centimeters.)

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