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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

Based on a colleague’s recent chairlift experience (I’ll explain later), we thought it would be fun/funny/awkward/provocative/etc. to kick off the EpicSki version of Craigslist’s Casual Encounters. If you want to thank that local for showing you their secret stash, demand an apology from the guy who clipped you and kept on skiing or prompt a meet-up after a prolonged eye contact at the base coffee shop, post it here!

post #2 of 22
Thread Starter 

The first installment, as dictated to me by a colleague...

 

Me, in the single’s line at mid-Vail, boarding a six pack with you, the father of five who flipped out when I put the bar down after ample warning.

 

I’d like to know what you meant by “Go back to Minneapolis,” because it’s really making me question

 

1. My outfit choices 

2. When putting the bar down became a midwest thing

3. Bar rules in general

post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 

My personal Epic Experience

 

You: The 70-something in the U.S. Ski Team jacket eating a block of cheese between two slices of bread and ripping like a maniac.

 

Us: The couple who followed you into multiple Steamboat stashes until one of us ate it hard. Thank you for enlightening us to trees we’ve never skied and for unburying me! Also, what kind of cheese was that?    

 

*I've just been reminded, your name is Dave.

post #4 of 22

You: The wanna-be veterinarian in the A-Basin parking lot who informed me that my lab's hunting vest was useless for keeping him warm and that all dog vests are gimmicks and a waste of money.

 

My dog:

 

  

post #5 of 22

Several years back, my buddy and I missed the Snowbus from downtown whitefish, mt, up to the mountain formerly known as Big Mountain; it was a powder day.  I told my buddy, lets hitchhike most locals will give us a ride even if the Canadians won't (I lived in whitefish one winter).  Needless to say, he was quite negative and expressed concern we'd get picked up by "Larry the fag."  I assured him that would not be the case.

 

Low and behold, 50 seconds later, a minivan pulls into the Alpine Market parking lot and a guy in his 50's jumps out and tells us to get in quick; meanwhile, he runs in grabs a cup o joe and paper and we're outta there in like 90 seconds.  As he drove us up the mountain, I noticed an unopened poster obviously of the NE Patriots during the season Drew Bledsoe got injured and some rookie quarterback guy to them to and helped them win the superbowl. 

 

I said, "souvenir from the superbowl," to which he responds "nah, its my kid."  I then realized if I ask this guy who his kid is, he's going to say Drew Bledsoe and I wasn't going to know what to say.  My buddy, being the anti-football guy, right on cue says "who's your kid" and just like I figured answer was, you guessed it, Drew Bledsoe. 

 

In that extra moment or two, however, I figured out something not stupid to say and asked, "So, where's Drew gonna be playing next year?"  being a lifelong Viking fan I shuddered in horror when he said maybe Chicago!

 

Long of the short, thanks a ton for the ride Mac!

 

Dave and Hucky

post #6 of 22
My daughter skied with Drew once.
post #7 of 22

Riding the GM tram at Chamonix with Aurelian Ducroz (multiple FWT championship) and Penny Pitou--American Silver Medal in DH 1960 Olympics--same bin.

Standing in front of the guides' office in Chamonix talking to a guy about Plake's run on the Couloir Poubelle in Blizzard of Ah's when Plake walked by.

 

For downer's--the guy with his four teenagers on the summit 6 who was so pissed about having me on the lift on a busy day, sitting on the right, that he told his family to all unload back around hard to the right  when he knew very well that right and left go to the same place and that right is uphill. I was going straight. I let the kids go and put the dad into a berm. Sir--I had so much fun doing that--hope we meet again this year.  

post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by HeatherBSki View Post
 

The first installment, as dictated to me by a colleague...

 

Me, in the single’s line at mid-Vail, boarding a six pack with you, the father of five who flipped out when I put the bar down after ample warning.

 

I’d like to know what you meant by “Go back to Minneapolis,” because it’s really making me question

 

1. My outfit choices

2. When putting the bar down became a midwest thing

3. Bar rules in general

1. If you are in a day glow oney, you just may be deserving of the ridicule ;)

 

2. In general, people from the west don't like the bar down. Every time someone pulls that thing down, it is a significant black mark on an otherwise perfect ski day. In my experience, Midwesterners and Europeans are more inclined to pull down the bar. Since the Midwest is closer, it is a fair assumption.

 

3. Bar rule for the west: The bar just sucks...don't do it.

post #9 of 22
To the lift operator at Big Sky who found my lost cell phone and took extra effort to track me down and even offer to ship it to me: thank you.

The Bledsoes live a few streets down. Their daughter and our daughter were on the same basketball team a couple of seasons ago and practice was held in their incredible underground full court. What an amazing house.
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by offpiste View Post
 

1. If you are in a day glow oney, you just may be deserving of the ridicule ;)

 

2. In general, people from the west don't like the bar down. Every time someone pulls that thing down, it is a significant black mark on an otherwise perfect ski day. In my experience, Midwesterners and Europeans are more inclined to pull down the bar. Since the Midwest is closer, it is a fair assumption.

 

3. Bar rule for the west: The bar just sucks...don't do it.

 

So what is it in the water out there that makes people not like the bar down?  Sometimes I an ok with the bar being up, but more often than not (especially out there) I get uncomfortable when there is nothing in front of me, regardless if it provides extra safety or not.  The bar is there for a reason.

post #11 of 22
I've not seen anyone here in Oregon be vehemently opposed to having the bar down. The main thing is to ask first or at least give warning before lowering it.
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by offpiste View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by HeatherBSki View Post
 

The first installment, as dictated to me by a colleague...

 

Me, in the single’s line at mid-Vail, boarding a six pack with you, the father of five who flipped out when I put the bar down after ample warning.

 

I’d like to know what you meant by “Go back to Minneapolis,” because it’s really making me question

 

1. My outfit choices

2. When putting the bar down became a midwest thing

3. Bar rules in general

1. If you are in a day glow oney, you just may be deserving of the ridicule ;)

 

2. In general, people from the west don't like the bar down. Every time someone pulls that thing down, it is a significant black mark on an otherwise perfect ski day. In my experience, Midwesterners and Europeans are more inclined to pull down the bar. Since the Midwest is closer, it is a fair assumption.

 

3. Bar rule for the west: The bar just sucks...don't do it.

:mad

post #13 of 22

:ahijack: Oh, no!  A bar up/bar down hijack.  It would have been an interesting thread. :( 

 

These things are starting to get like helmet threads.

post #14 of 22
Isn't that why you wear a helmet. For the bar nazis.
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by northeasterner View Post
 

 

So what is it in the water out there that makes people not like the bar down?  Sometimes I an ok with the bar being up, but more often than not (especially out there) I get uncomfortable when there is nothing in front of me, regardless if it provides extra safety or not.  The bar is there for a reason.

The same could be said about the water out there with people liking the bar.

 

You are correct, the bar is there for a reason, I just haven't figured out what that reason is. If you can sit on your couch and not fall off...

post #16 of 22
It's there for the footrest.
post #17 of 22

The bar is there so that people with (undetuned) wide skis who joined their friends in the singles line don't get blown off the chair when it's windy and land on their helmetless heads, but at least they won't stick themselves on their poles because they don't use any. Too bad they didn't take our advice and go to a bootfitter instead of buying those wide skis.

 

PS my legs are too long for the footrest

post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post
 

 

 

PS my legs are too long for the footrest

 

But it is nice for hanging strapless poles from.,

 

Tall people are also way more likely to get konked on the head as the bar comes down without warning.  If my kids are on the lift the bar is coming down after seeing everyone else on the chair respond to the warning that it is coming down.

 

If the kids aren't on the lift I only really prefer it if it has a footrest.

post #19 of 22

i rode a chair this season with a pink haired lady named Shannon. She said she used to ski moguls competitively. She seemed pretty Happe. She skied ok.

post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by offpiste View Post
 

The same could be said about the water out there with people liking the bar.

 

Probably has more to do with comfort on the lift because you have more experience on the lift, as living in Colorado it is much easier to ski than living in the Midwest.

 

You are correct, the bar is there for a reason, I just haven't figured out what that reason is. If you can sit on your couch and not fall off...

 

LOL.  I don't fall off my couch because:

I have a TV tray of Doritos in front of me to hold onto

My feet are planted on the ground

My fat arse is molded into the cushion.

 

post #21 of 22

Your name is Robin, I was your instructor on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 2008.

 

I was your angel that day and you were so happy.  At the end of the day you saw me in front of the lodge and came outside to have your friend take our picture together.  

 

That day changed my feelings about teaching skiing as the empathy I felt for your aching feet and the joy you felt when you got off the lift without falling touched me deeply.

post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post

The bar is there so that people with (undetuned) wide skis who joined their friends in the singles line don't get blown off the chair when it's windy and land on their helmetless heads, but at least they won't stick themselves on their poles because they don't use any. Too bad they didn't take our advice and go to a bootfitter instead of buying those wide skis.

Well played.
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