Originally Posted by Smushie
As far as those cows. Funny as the story sounds, I really take my hats off to my fellow locals for their rescue efforts with those animals. They blew off a beautiful BC day to help some animals in distress. They called friends in to help, brought in sleds and worked all day with the ranchers to reduce these animal's suffering in what were some very dangerous conditions. My guess is they were thanked with a nice side of beef and a well deserved evening BBQ.
Yes, agree totally. I should have emphasized that more in my headline.
They were already skiing fresh lines when they came across the cows. I didn't want to dwell on it since this is a family show, but you're also correct about the beef bit.
I'll also say how last year at the Tahoe gathering, Trekchick and Philpug got married in the middle of a pow day on the mountain. Clearly it was tempting I think to postpone, especially for us already skiing, but many stayed the course and showed up at the, (thankfully), mid mountain lodge for it.
So, there are friends on a pow day, and it might just be a cow.
Originally Posted by KevinF
This is straight out of an MIT prank or something (where they've put cars on top of buildings and other such shenanigans).
How did the cows get up there in the first place? I haven't spent much time around cows, but they ones I've seen don't seem terribly interested in moving (as in, ever) let alone climbing up a mountain.
Well, at Taos there's barb wire on an antenna on the ridge you hike up to. I asked a patroller about this and he told me it's to keep the cattle from breaking the guy wires. That's like 12,500 foot,(hoof), altitude.
So yes, cows move.
The latest news from MIT is that they're working on a virtual reality google to help cows learn how to ski powder.
That way they can self-rescue, saving millions of dollars and preserving the local bc skier's pow days. You won't be surprised to hear that arguments are raging over how much rocker cows really need to ski and if they'd be better off learning on flat skis. Also, at the most recent conference on cow skiing, the presentation, "The Duke Binding: Do your cattle really need them or are there cheaper alternatives?" had a packed audience. Other talks that afternoon were, "How much binding slop can your cows tolerate?"; "Your herd: Is it really necessary they wear avalanche beacons?"; and "Keeping an eye on 'em: Using GPS and an iphone to find out how fast your cows are skiing"