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Skiing on your Birthday!

post #1 of 14
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Yesterday I got to ski on my Birthday to start my 43rd consecutive ski season.  How great is that?   With my Birthday on Nov 30th and living in the Mid Atlantic area, I don't get a chance to do this very often, but last year and now this year Mother Nature was kind enough to provide enough white stuff for me to get some early season turns on the day celebrating my arrival here on Planet Earth some 60 years ago.

 

For early season at Holiday Valley. they had 4 lifts and about a 1/2 dozen slopes including tow black runs.  Plenty open to shake the cobwebs.  Even got the wife to join me for the weekend even though she doesn't ski.  Promised her a night in a nice hotel and an expensive dinner out on the town.

 

Life was good this past weekend.  I hope it was for you too.

 

That is all,

 

Ski On!

 

Rick G

post #2 of 14

I'd love to ski on my birthday--July 18. Closest I've managed was July 4. I'm sure Dookey has skied on my birthday, though. Maybe I'll haul my skis up to Castle Peak next summer so I can say I did it. 

(You all can PM me for gift suggestions, BTW).

post #3 of 14
^ Good to read about your Birthday skiing!

I can't recall when we first began celebrating my wife's (Betsy) May 1st Birthday with our friends and Bears at Loveland. Its become a tradition with expectation that is snows on that day - which it has. Never fails, such a great time.

And a good thing as we leave lunch sugar buzzed with birthday cake needing to ski it off wink.gif

An example of the snowfall we've come to expect on Betsy's birthday courtesy of Bob Barnes:

Edited by DonDenver - 12/1/14 at 9:05am
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Originally Posted by rickg View Post
 

Yesterday I got to ski on my Birthday to start my 43rd consecutive ski season.  How great is that?   With my Birthday on Nov 30th and living in the Mid Atlantic area, I don't get a chance to do this very often, but last year and now this year Mother Nature was kind enough to provide enough white stuff for me to get some early season turns on the day celebrating my arrival here on Planet Earth some 60 years ago.

 

For early season at Holiday Valley. they had 4 lifts and about a 1/2 dozen slopes including tow black runs.  Plenty open to shake the cobwebs.  Even got the wife to join me for the weekend even though she doesn't ski.  Promised her a night in a nice hotel and an expensive dinner out on the town.

 

Life was good this past weekend.  I hope it was for you too.

 

That is all,

 

Ski On!

 

Rick G


Congratulations, fellow November 30 birthday person!  I skied the two days before my birthday (our birthday), also a first, though on the day itself, I made financial decisions all day.  Figures.

post #5 of 14
I am skiing on my birthday TODAY.
post #6 of 14

I'd need to look up Bob Peters to ski on my birthday mid June ... or take a trip down under...:rolleyes

post #7 of 14

Maybe next time the winter is so good that A-Basin stays open on weekdays at least through June 8...

post #8 of 14

My birthday is April 4th.

 

For years and years and years, Monarch offered a free lift ticket In April if you picked up a Colorado Gems card (no longer :)  ).

 

For years and years and years my Birthday party was gathering up everybody I knew that skied for a free day at Monarch.  We would stockpile the cards to make sure we had enough tickets to go around.

 

About 8 of the ten years, it absolutely nuked on that weekend. Monarch storms tend to be howlers. Cold, windy as hell, and almost always blower. Storm days have a big tendency to be free refill days, and most of those were.

 

Free skiing during nuking storms with a bunch of giddy friends is the best way to spend a birthday. .

post #9 of 14

Until two years ago I made certain to be on a hill for pretty much every birthday (up until 50).  I've been on mountains from Germany to Utah on my birthday and many in between.  2 years ago my trip to Snowshoe, WV was basically "rained out" so I missed it and then last year I had only been in the new job for about 6 months so decided to waive it.  I am sitting in front of a keyboard right now trying to decide if I NEED to play hooky tomorrow (December 2nd) and it may all come down to "how much work can I get done today"...

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Until two years ago I made certain to be on a hill for pretty much every birthday (up until 50).  I've been on mountains from Germany to Utah on my birthday and many in between.  2 years ago my trip to Snowshoe, WV was basically "rained out" so I missed it and then last year I had only been in the new job for about 6 months so decided to waive it.  I am sitting in front of a keyboard right now trying to decide if I NEED to play hooky tomorrow (December 2nd) and it may all come down to "how much work can I get done today"...

Go SKIING! Its your Birthday!!!  Work can wait.

 

Rick G

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I am skiing on my birthday TODAY.

Happy B-Day, Phil!
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I'd need to look up Bob Peters to ski on my birthday mid June ... or take a trip down under...rolleyes.gif

Well, just come on out. June 4 is easy. We ride up the tram and ski over on Cody Bowl. You DESERVE to ski on your birthday.
post #12 of 14

I've skied on my birthday every year for the last three years at Plattekill (or the closest open day as they open Fri-Sun). The date is January 8.

 

At the end of my ski day (I usually go from open to close) I walk into the bar, hand the bartender my credit card and tell him that I will buy one drink for anyone with a lift ticket (day ticket) from the day.  And I cut the barkeep in with a nice tip.

 

Last year it cost me $175.

 

I am not rich, this is my way of giving back to a "small" mountain I love and appreciate.  On NYSB we promote it to see if we can get people to come to the mountain.

 

It is fun as hell. Last year I got a hip hip hooray.

 

Look for the promo and come out and I'll buy you a beer too.

post #13 of 14

I usually manage to ski on my birthday, since it is in January, but the past two years I was at Breck and at Keystone, which are my two least-favorite mountains around here! Oh well. Never will I complain about skiing on my birthday, but this year I hope to be somewhere I really want to be. 

post #14 of 14
I have skied around my birthday (June 13) twice, not on the day since Crystal was only open on weekends. But still, lift-served skiing in June does not suck smile.gif
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