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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

One of the things I love about skiing is how it brings together people from many different backgrounds and unites them in a common way.  This is never more evident than in the casual conversations and events that can happen on lift chair rides with complete strangers. 

 

So I am curious who here has had some unforgettable lift chair stories and what were they? 

 

A few of my own from the last few seasons:

 

- Had a guy tell me about his best friend falling off a cliff and hitting his head on a rock and dying.  Pointed out the rock on the lift ride up which caused me to go buy a helmet the next day.  Who knows, maybe this lift ride saved my life?

 

- Had a guy buy a 50,000$ Escalade at an auction on his phone then arrange shipping on a 12 min lift ride

 

- Had weed offered, multiple times

 

- Had boobs offered, only one time

 

- Watched a guy roll a cig with one hand in the wind

 

- Had two guys sing classic rock songs at the top of their lungs the whole lift ride up

 

- Had the secret to happiness explained by multiple old dudes which is apparently ski as much as you can while you can

post #2 of 19

Great thread idea Core, here’s a few highlights from last season.

 

Loveland: Met a guy from Tucson who usually skis Taos. Back in his younger days he was hiking Kachina, a whiteout rolled in, and he ended up dropping down the west side of the peak. Big mistake. He ended up miles from the road and spent the night cold and shivering in the NM wilderness. Not fun.

 

Loveland: I mentioned this in the “Living Nowhere Near the Mtns” thread. Essentially, it was one of those typical sub zero temperature/ gale force winds day, and this guy couldn’t stop raving about being in the mountains. He couldn’t be happier about his time up there, and his enthusiasm was near comical.

 

Steamboat: Had some laughs on the gondola with former East Coasters about skiing K-Mart in knee deep man-made snow.

 

Winter Park: Met an old timer who gave me the locations of some lesser known smoke shacks on Mary Jane.

post #3 of 19

Rode the lift at Alta with a young guy from Switzerland who was spending the winter couch surfing at his cousin's place in SLC who was a student at the University.  When I ask him why he came all the way over from Switzerland to ski in Utah he smiled and said "greatest snow on earth."

post #4 of 19

I've had some good lift rides with folks.  I especially like chatting with patrollers.  My ride with Michelle Parker's dad was fun.

 

The most memorable ride was KT-22 with this amped-up dude carrying one long pole, with various colors of tape on it.  He spent the entire ride delivering a diatribe against jews, POC helmets and various other things.  I wasn't sure if I should be afraid or not.  Mostly just nodded my head.  I really wonder if the dude was serious or playing with my head.

post #5 of 19

In the late 70s when I was in about 20 rode the funicular in Kaprun in Austria with Franz Klammer. Embarrassingly I was very star struck and psent the journey staring at him but saying nothing. 

post #6 of 19
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I've had some good lift rides with folks.  I especially like chatting with patrollers.  My ride with Michelle Parker's dad was fun.

 

The most memorable ride was KT-22 with this amped-up dude carrying one long pole, with various colors of tape on it.  He spent the entire ride delivering a diatribe against jews, POC helmets and various other things.  I wasn't sure if I should be afraid or not.  Mostly just nodded my head.  I really wonder if the dude was serious or playing with my head.


Had a similar ride once with a guy that was telling me why he had to punch out the guy he was riding with, punched him up in the chair. The guy was perhaps the truly dumbest person I have ever heard speak words. I had a revelation though: if people this dumb are skiers, it goes a ways toward explaining a lot of things. and I was definitely scared and keeping my mouth shut.

 

I have to express the dissenting view here. I'd rather ride single when possible or with friends. Most people talk way too much and know way too little.  And often cough in my face.

post #7 of 19

Back in the earlier days of cell phones (mid 90's), when not everyone had one, a buddy and I got on a chair at Blackcomb with another, Asian looking guy.  My friend and I were talking but this guy didn't say a thing until somewhere on the ride he started yakking up a storm in Japanese.  Both of us wondered if he was nuts because he was just looking straight ahead as he talked, paying no attention to us.  It wasn't until nearly the end of the ride that I noticed the little microphone in front of his mouth.  He was talking on the phone.  This was the first time I had ever seen that kind of technology.

post #8 of 19
When I was a kid I used to tell people on chairlifts that I came from Bozeman, MT, just to see if I could talk my way through it. I've never been to Bozeman, not sure how or why I chose it.
post #9 of 19

Lost a game of rock paper scissors and had to get in the singles line of the gondola

 

 

 

 

previous threads kicked around here..

Chairlift rides from hell?

 

Weird people you meet on the chairlift

 

Overheard on the lift stories?

 

Amusing stories you said in lift

post #10 of 19

Some of my most memorable lift rides:

 

-Steamboat: A loud gondola stuffed full of thick NY/north Jersey accents. Eventually they turned to me, the only one not in their group, and started the usual conversation. When I told them I lived in the Boat but came from Jersey, the whole gondola exploded with "JERSEEEEEEY!!! We're from Jersey." Yeah, I guessed as much.

 

- Copper: The dude sitting next to us on a quad with his gf throws a snowball at my buddy for no apparent reason. Never said a word. Weird dude.

 

-Stratton: Was waiting in line for first gondola on a 2-foot powder morning when a kid I went to high school with showed up randomly. I didn't really know him in hs, but he did live in my neighborhood, so it felt a little random running into him there. He used it to his advantage to get to the front of the line and join our lift - well played.

 

-Snowbasin: Ran into a local that saw how bad my board was scratched up. Said I should stop by his photography shop as he had some boards for sale. I did and found out they were brand-new old stock from when Nidecker moved out of Ogden a couple years before - got a sweet deal on a board and bindings.

post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 

 

 

Oh wow, some good reading material here...

post #12 of 19

Steamboat - rode up on the lift with a guy who turned out to be from the same street I grew up on and lived three houses away.  He was a few years older than me and was the straight shooter our moms always wanted us to be like.  About a week later got a call from an old high school buddy that word had gotten back to his mom about the encounter.

 

Jane - rode up with 89 year old who started skiing when he got back from fighting in WW2.  Apparently well known there, some of you Janesters might know who it is.

post #13 of 19

Steamboat- Rode up with a group of 4 in the gondola, an obvioiusly blazed group. About half way up a rather attractive woman was preparing to take a dip in her hot tub below, one of the guys yelled "Will you show us your boobs please?" In the nicest manner possible while cat calling from a gondola, she just replied "Come back tomorrow!" 

 

The Jane- rode up with a 91 year old skier, still skiing, still loving every day. Had been skiing since he was 12 years old.

 

SR- rode up with a man who was about 45 years old who claimed his buddy was the inventor of snowblades (not sure if it was true or not). He was riding a pair of blades, so I decided to follow him on the run, he went into the terrain park and sent a perfectly executed 360 followed by a 540... pretty impressive.

 

While downloading a lift at sr (for inspection at work) saw one group with a bag of the green stuff rolling up doobies on the ride, one group making out, and one group passing a bottle back and forth. They never check the downloading side for riders.

post #14 of 19

Rode up the chairlift at Mt. Snow, in February, with a guy wearing a full wetsuit.  He claimed it was far more insulating and waterproof than any other outerwear he'd ever tried. 

I was glad I was not going to be riding in his car on the way home....

post #15 of 19

Here's one I like to do when rolling single in the 6 pack line.  Watch for the groups of snowboarders that chug through the line as 6 then suddenly split to two groups of 3 when it's time to board.  If I'm behind them I'll shoot up and sit on the lift with three of them yelling single at the last second.devil.gif

post #16 of 19

 Last season my wife got squeezed in the end of a chair with a group of 3 at Solitude UT.  After the pleasant "hellos" they proceeded to witness their "faith" the whole chair ride.  Its bound to happen sooner or later in Salt Lake ;)  Its not as though she could shut the door.  She contemplated jumping off.  

post #17 of 19

I shared a quad at Sugarbush with 3 black guys several years ago. We had the usual conversation -- nice day, conditions are pretty good, have you been over to such-and-such trail, etc. Finally, near the top, one of them turns to me and says "hey, I bet you never thought you'd be on a ski lift with 3 "brothas"!" I had to admit it was a first for me...

post #18 of 19

Rode Steamboat gondola last Jan for an evening dinner in the lodge up on the mountain with my wife and two of our children.  Had a nice, classy meal.  Afterwards, invited a respectable looking young man waiting in the gondi line alone to join us.  Wasn't crowded, we could have down loaded in separate gondolas, but I felt sorry for him.  It was cold, he was kind of underdressed and alone. Within seconds we realized he was drunk out of his mind.  Talking complete slurry nonsense.  Passed out at least twice in mid-sentence.  Looked like high risk to barf all over us inside gondi.  My wife was not happy with my choice of lift companions for our scenic family ride down the hill.  He staggered out at the base completely disoriented.  Fortunately, a couple other young guys recognized him and took care of him. 

post #19 of 19

Lots of good rides, and met some folks who are still good friends over the years. But my all-time favorite is a couple of years ago when I headed up a beginner double chair and an instructor with a pack of very young kids asked if I'd mind riding up with one tiny tot about 4 years old. She proceeded to chat merrily away the whole 8 minutes about how much she loved the snow, loved the mountain, loved skiing, loved being in Niseko, loved her instructor. There have been days when that might've been annoying, but on that day there was something special about this kid's enthusiasm. The liftie at the top and I helped her off the chair, and as I skied away she waved and yelled, ``And I love you!''

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