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post #31 of 64
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Originally Posted by JimH View Post

Today was the sixth day of my 45th season.  Hope to log another 50 by spring.

Wow, I thought you meant another 50 seasons by spring. I want to check out your spot on the time-space continuum....

post #32 of 64

Kevin,

 

Happy 20th!

 

I first met Kevin 4 years ago when Philpug did a late season Bumppheast at Stowe. For some dumb reason, we made our last run of the day, and season, down Goat. Great sunny day, soft spring snow. Phil (on old pencil skis), Kevin and I crashed big time. I got to carry Kevin's broken ski down the last 500 verticle feet  to the base lodge. We were all very happy to do a final beer with our bodies in one piece.

 

So, Kev, can you ski better on one ski now?

 

See you at the Gathering.

 

PS and congrats on being a featured skier in Bob Barnes's "Crudology".

post #33 of 64
This was a great post that resonates with so many . We're the fortunate ones that have had the good fortune to ski. I'm leaving Monday for Colorado. I' m almost 58 years old and skiing can still deliver the same enthusiasm that I had as a kid. Really can't think of anything else that still delivers like skiing does.
post #34 of 64
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Originally Posted by Living Proof View Post

Kevin,

 

Happy 20th!

 

I first met Kevin 4 years ago when Philpug did a late season Bumppheast at Stowe. For some dumb reason, we made our last run of the day, and season, down Goat. Great sunny day, soft spring snow. Phil (on old pencil skis), Kevin and I crashed big time. I got to carry Kevin's broken ski down the last 500 verticle feet  to the base lodge. We were all very happy to do a final beer with our bodies in one piece.

 

And when Living Proof said "broken ski", he means a BROKEN ski:

1000

 

 

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So, Kev, can you ski better on one ski now?

 

Not really.  I can sure ski bumps better now though!

 

 

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See you at the Gathering.

 

Absolutely!  Look forward to skiing with you again.

 

 

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PS and congrats on being a featured skier in Bob Barnes's "Crudology".

 

Everybody's ski movie career starts somewhere.  icon14.gif

post #35 of 64

There was not much money for my divorced Mom in the 60's, but a co worker of hers was kind enough to buy

me a pair of wooden skis with cable bindings and leather Le Trappuer boots (predecessor to Rossignol)

so I could go with a neighborhood friend and his father to Campgaw Mountain in Montvale NJ.

That was 1968.

With the exception of the 1995/96 season, due to a major injury, (non ski related) I have skied every year.

I don't know if this is a record of sorts, but I took my first lesson 30 years later in 1998 when I decided to

become an ASIA instructor.

post #36 of 64
If I've calculated correctly, for me it will be 25 years in January. High school ski club. Who says you don't learn anything useful in high school?
post #37 of 64
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Anyone ski their first time at a resort that's now defunct? Or renamed or anything? 

Skied my first time at Davos Ski Area in the Catskills. My second time a few years later at the Concord Hotel in the Catskills. Really began to ski consistently when I was a sophomore in college. In 1972. So I guess that this is my fortieth year skiing. I think that I am finally getting the hang of it.
post #38 of 64
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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post

 

Thanks!

 

One of my colleagues came up to me today and asked about learning to ski and taking her kids to go skiing, how to get started, etc.

 

And so the torch gets passed.  icon14.gif

tell her about how you got started, with some cheap used skis and a bunny hill, except she will need about 3

00 dollars to take her kids skiing for a day nowadays

post #39 of 64

It's Vail's 50th anniversary - and my 38th ski season. For some reason, I can relate to 50 years of skiing. Maybe it's just watching the sport change over the years, but after say 20 seasons, you do grow much more in and around the sport ...

post #40 of 64

I dont ever remember a winter not skiing. My parents say i was 4 or 5 when I started which would mean I have 47 winters in. My neighbor has 70 + years at it. (Junior Bounous)

post #41 of 64
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I got curious to see what NELSAP (New England Lost Ski Areas Project) had to say about Lenox, and it turns out there used to be four ski areas in Lenox:

 

It appears that some (all?) of them are pushing the definition of what could be constituted a ski area, but hey -- they at least had rope tows!

I went to school at Cranwell in the mid-60s and made some of my first turns on the ski hill there. There was a basic, high speed, shoulder-dislocating rope tow and a couple of open slopes...no warming hut, no grooming, no tickets; just start the rope-tow engine and ski  When I was a freshman, the best skier at the school was  a senior named Jackie Mason. He was the captain of the ski team and one of the best prep skiers in New England at the time. Jack went on to become, among other things, the mountain manager at Winter Park. He died tragically about 10 years ago after suffering a seizure on a chairlift.

post #42 of 64

That's a really nice part of the world over there. Not exactly big mountain, but great New England atmosphere. 

post #43 of 64

It'll be 40 years next month. This photo taken during my first-ever ski trip.



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post #45 of 64

This is season 50 for me.  Here's to the next 50!

post #46 of 64

Congrats to you for that. Next year will mark 20 years at my "new" home hill. Dubious distinction that one, but I do kind of love the place.

post #47 of 64

30th season for me. My parents strapped skis on me at 2 at good old Eldora. Had a couple years off after a knee injury, the years off from skiing just left me fat and unhappy.

 

I really, really hope my knee holds together for at least another 30...

post #48 of 64

Congrats!! Keep it up

 

I'll never forget 3 years ago while at Snowbird waiting for a shuttle to go to the other lodge. There were two old men sitting there with their skiis waiting with me and my family. I asked them how long they had been skiing. One was 77 the other was 85!! They were from near mammoth and loved coming to the bird every year. They used to ski as couples but one (maybe both..cant remember) of the wives had passed. They were good friends and still go together. They have been skiing since the leather-strapped wooden ski days when a hard fall meant a broken leg. It was around lunch time and they were done, he said they only go a half day then relax. I would have loved it if the shuttle never came and we kept talking... my young kids were amazed.  These guys were still in good shape and didn't have that 'frail' look at all.. cool stuff! 

 

I was amazing to realize your sharing the slopes of Snowbird with a WWII veteran..

post #49 of 64

Congrats on your 20 year accomplishment.  Let me tell you that it keeps getting better.  I am in my 41st consecutive season since starting at 17.  I am still getting better and I still as obsessed with sking now as I was when I first started.

 

Ski on!

 

Rick G

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It'll be 40 years next month. This photo taken during my first-ever ski trip.



Getting some in AK, my second year skiing, 1957. this has been posted, but I thought it looked good with Prickly's photo.

post #51 of 64
Thread Starter 

Glad to see this thread is being resurrected.  I love seeing the old pictures and reading the stories!  Keep 'em coming!

post #52 of 64

Wow!! This is a great thread.  I started skiing in April on my 40th Birthday---30 years ago this coming April.  And I have an 88 year old mother and a 92 year old father that worry about me skiing!!

post #53 of 64

Wow! I've got more than twice as many years as you do, and probably a third as many days on snow. 

 

I'm jealous. 

 

Keep yer tips up!

post #54 of 64

I hit the 20 year mark last year....well, riding the hill for 20 years anyways...Started with snowboarding in 1992 at age 7, did that for 17 years, then switched to skiing in 2010. This is my 3rd season on the double planks. I wouldn't even want to count how many days I've spent on the hill, or how much money....haha.

post #55 of 64
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Originally Posted by prickly View Post

It'll be 40 years next month. This photo taken during my first-ever ski trip.



W-O-O-W! Mr. P, if not for the equipment...you look amazingly like your son!

 

P.S. this is my 40th to 40something season (memories are fuzzy about when exactly I first put skis on, anything from age 4 to 7, first picture of me on the snow shows me at age 4, albeit withouth skis, and first bill for a ski vacation is at that same age...)

post #56 of 64

Winter of '67-68 must have been pretty magical, bunch of folks seem to have started then.  Me too.  Passed 45 years last month.

This is a shot of my two older brothers and I (on right) at Camelback, PA, around Christmas of 1969. My brother on left got the Head Standards and was the best skier of the bunch. My oldest brother in center had just returned from heavy combat as a USMC 2nd Lt, infantry in Vietnam. Believe he's using borrowed lace up leather boots from military recreation/special services in this photo.  My Mom, Dad and sister came too and chose a family ski trip/reunion as the ideal way to welcome him back to "the world."

post #57 of 64

Great Thread Kevin!  

 

My skiing has spanned 32yrs.  I started with a friend (thanks Pete) bringing me along to then Crescent Hills Iowa (now MT Crescent) and was gonzo from day 1.  Unfortunately 20yrs of military service involving much moving around the globe and other life issues have kept me off the hill for about half of those 32yrs.  The good thing from a here and now perspective is that 125 of my total of roughly 190 days on snow has been in the last 9 seasons and two of those seasons I didn't ski at all.

 

Looking forward to making this season my best ever.

 

 

A tip of the hat to the thread starter.

 

 

Kevin at Aspen ESA 2007 center right blue jacket

 

 

post #58 of 64
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And when Living Proof said "broken ski", he means a BROKEN ski:

1000

 

 

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So, Kev, can you ski better on one ski now?

 

Not really.  I can sure ski bumps better now though!

 

 

After taken that "lesson" with you at Squaw. I can definitely say you can ski bumps. 

Congrats on you 20.

 

Bruce

post #59 of 64
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Winter of '67-68 must have been pretty magical, bunch of folks seem to have started then.  Me too.

 

Me three!

post #60 of 64

42 years here.  Charnita PA (now Liberty) was 1st day

   Blue knob PA was 2nd

 

Then a lot of Vermont trips & a Jackson/Snowbird trip in first 5 years.

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