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post #31 of 56
Well...It was many many years ago. I think LBJ was president at the time. I had hand-me-down equipment from my older siblings and neighbors. My babysitter took me for my 5th birthday. She was an instructor at the local hill. She taught me a little then took me up the rope tow. Two of my brothers and my sister already knew how to ski so I was really excited to learn. I caught on really quick, the only thing I had trouble with was lacing my boots and riding the rope tow. I always had to ask and adult to help me with both. The rope was a heavy hemp rope. If the adult picked it up behind me I was ok.

Year ?????
Age: 5
Place: Pine Ridge Ski Area, then called Barre Ski Center, Barre, MA.
Equipment: Hand-me downs skis cable (bear trap) bindings, probably purchased at the local hardware store, boots, leather lace up hand me downs.
Video: what's that? Maybe some slides some place.

With exception to the year my mom passed away (on my birthday), I have skied every year on it or the weekend before. I still ski at Pine Ridge, in fact I am employed there.
post #32 of 56
I was first on skis on January 8 of this year, at Whitewater, in Nelson, BC. The first four days were on rental Rossignols (including one day on a pair of XXs). Since then, I've skiid thirty days and tried at least ten different skis.

I thinks it's fair to say that I'm hooked.
post #33 of 56
I have 13 winters of skiing behind me and I started when I was 29 years old.

I started on rentals first day, but I was hooked and immediately bought a pair of Dynamic VR17 skis and Daschtein V4 boots. I am going into my 14th season, I have over 300 days on snow (total over the years) and I still love it. Skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer are my passions.
post #34 of 56
1997 - & I think I win on starting old

My brother was a telemark instructor & had done his skin patrol on telemark skis a few years before hand. He died that year in a helicopter crash in Canada. His friends said I should come & work near them for a few months - so I got a job in the mountains for the winter.
I wanted to learn to go xc-skiing. They were all instruictors & said they would teach me. They convinced me to go take an alpine lesson because it would be easier for me with my poor balance. That was supposed to be just a learning tool, learn to turn & stop. I hated the concept of downhill skiing as I could see what the runs did to my mountains. I also hated the cold with a vengeance.

So far I have skied 30-70 days every season since & taken a lesson almost every one of those days. When you consider how short our season is that is not a bad effort.

Skis & boots were both rental gear. Purchased boots & footbeds the next season & skis that season too....
post #35 of 56
I started skiing in 1967, when I was just shy of turning 4 years old. So, I don't remember what gear I used, what I wore, or even what it felt like to first slide on skis! I have now been skiing for 37 years, and hope to ski at least another 37!

I do know that I learned to ski at Schuss Mountain, Michigan (we lived in Ann Arbor at the time). Mom was learning to ski, so she taught my older brother (8 years old) and I what she learned in her lessons. After realizing she could teach us to ski, she decided to become a ski instructor! My parents built a ski house at Schuss, she got a job at the mountain and actually started the kids' all-day ski program there. A bit of history: This was before SKIWee existed and Mom's was one of the first kids' ski programs in the country.

We lived at Schuss till I was 12. We used to ski every day after school...the school bus would just drop us off at the mountain. Now, I write about skiing for a living. Not a bad lifestyle!

Thatsagirl
post #36 of 56
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bryan
My wife introduced me to sking in 74 demanded that I learn to ski because it was her favorite thing in life. Just after I made my first chair lift ride we moved south, I didn't pick it back up until 94 when I got bored of the winter in NE and had to do something to occupy myself. Thousand of dollars and 11 years later I'm a fanatic.

The funny thing about all this is that skiing to my wife was western skiing. When I picked it up again she refused said it was too icy here.

I don't complain because if she were skiing the cost would really go up.
Bryan, your memory is worse than mine. We had the infamous "Is the snow colder beneath the surface" conversation in 1990. Tack on 4 more years and at least another 5 bucks for beer.
post #37 of 56
Bryan, don't trust Jeff's memory. He can't remember what he had for lunch yesterday.

First time on skis in 1992 when I was 38, right after I learned I had MS, so I had better start doing the things I want to try!

Hooked from day one. Skied a few times that season.
Torn ACL second season...skied 2 whole days.
Third year, a few more times.
Ditto until 4 years ago, when all hell cut loose and I had more income than I ever had in my whole life (but still poor) and living in Iowa. Skied more than 8 times a season!
Discovered the "shaped skis" in 2002........went crazy!
Still learning!
post #38 of 56
I started skiing Thanksgiving day, 1982 at Breckenridge. I originally started out on Atomic fiberglass/wood skis with rear entry boots that were about 4 sizes too big since I have such wide feet.

Now I'm trying to figure out how to strengthen my skiing skills

BTW. I just found epicski about 10 minutes ago. I'm going to get in trouble here at work because I can't stop reading.
post #39 of 56
Welcome Kinger!
post #40 of 56
Thanks lifer. I've been searching for a good ski forum for a long time. Looks like I've found it.

post #41 of 56
Could I join the Eisenhower Club as a foreigner? There was some communist idiot as a president in the country I was born and still live and only a few lifts at that time. I have had two interruptions since: first in my most intensive voleyball years in the sixties (when the Czechoslovaks were world champions) and then some years in the late 80s nad early 90s with hip problems and operation. Came back even to racing doing at least 80 days/season, mostly in the Alps.
post #42 of 56
Check, You can join the Eisenhower (Ladies Don't Tell) Club, if you want, and welcome to the EpicSki Club.
post #43 of 56
Started skiing at age 4, (1975), at Stowe. Skis were wood, but with painted tops, bindings had runaway straps, and boots were plastic.
post #44 of 56
Thanks, Nolo, for allowing me to join the club of experienced and wise skiers. Frankly, I wouldn´t mind belonging to some more recent community but you can´t cheat the time. I try to cheat the body instead - with some success for the time being even if my orthopedist calls my knee "a massacre" .
post #45 of 56
Since I'm new here, I might as well jump in with an intro of sorts.

I grew up in a town with a ski area... Westford, MA. I fought with my parents to let me take ski lessons when I was 8 or 9 or so. Went up through the ranks and skiied a lot at Nashoba... one of the crew of terrors on the hill.

High School was ski club to Wachusett mountain, and Junior year [87-88] we started a ski team at Westford Academy. I started teaching at Nashoba that same year. I raced those two years of high school, raced the instructor races, and trained whenever it was slow enough to set gates.

I worked vacations and weekends during college, chosing that over trying for a race team there was little chance I would have been able to make [University of New Hampshire] and did quite a few ski trips with friends in college. Hitting Sunday River and Killington a lot.

Through high school I was pushing 100+ days on skis a year. College dropped it to about 40-50. After college I was -really- burnt out of teaching. To the point that I almost didn't even want to ski anymore. I focused on racing instead, with a couple trips up north a year, and then the Nashoba Valley Adult Team racing series. We started racing sunday nights until they got rid of that, and then switched to Wednesday nights. My wife [at the time] wasn't a skiier, so it was basically racing only, with maybe one or two day trips to killington a year.

We split up and I added a second ATR team on monday nights in 2001. 2003 I decided to try my hand at USSA Masters league racing. One hell of a shock to the system, after hundreds of 20-25 second race courses, that first 65 second race course was a killer!

I wasn't quite back to my high school numbers, but for January and febuary of 2003 I was on skis monday, wednesday, saturday and sunday, with the occasional thursday gate training. I started getting up to speed by the end of the season, then managed to destroy my knee at the Eastern Masters Championships March 1st, 2003.

I recovered from the knee surgery and got cleared to get back on skis around thanskgiving.... trained and went back to 2 nights of ATR and weekends up north with Masters.

Unfortunately I couldn't quite kick the mental fear of 6 months of rehab, I'd freak and toss my skis to the side after about 4 good accellerating turns in the GS course. So I backed off the GSs and just focused on slalom... only going back to do the GS to beat the slope that beat me the season before.

This year was potentially complete retirement from skiing, as I'll be moving down to florida sometime in the not-so-distant future, but do to some circumstances a little out of my control that move is delayed and I'll be back again this season.

However I managed to rupture my achilles in August, another 6 month recovery...and I'm not supposed to be on skis until March. But I'm stubborn, so that means I'll be doing trying one night of ATR starting in January, and maybe a little bit of the Masters Slaloms if things go ok; but this season'll definately be toned down. Sort of like Emmitt Smith and the whole refusing to retire until I'm completely washed up.

Most likely this'll be the end of the racing, and I'll move to florida and switch over to a vacation skiier. Not that that is a bad thing... I've never actually skiied outside of New England so it'll be a good excuse to get my butt out west once a year!

So there you have it... my skiing rise and fall, summed up to one post
post #46 of 56
Hi everyone, i'm a newbie too! I grew up skiing in Colorado, starting when I was 5, on the slopes of Steamboat. That is a great place to learn. My sister taught me that first day, skiing behind me and yelling "Peanut Butter" for a right turn, and "Jelly" for a left. After that initial day, I was a snowplow terror trying to keep up with my older brothers. We've all seen them, those tiny little kids snowplowing at 50mph down the cruisers. They only have about 2 feet to fall so what the hell....go for it! Later, I tried Monoskiing for about 3 years until I outgrew the board. Monoskiing was fun, mostly for the exposure you get. Standing in line while you can hear people around you talking in whispers, wondering what the heck that thing is. They would ask and we'd reply; "Oh, it's a Swedish Launcher" or something like that. Is it tough? Very, and painful too. Then I joined the Snowboarding craze in 1996. Skiing was becoming the same old thing and I wasn't improving too much anymore. All the friends were snowboarding, so what the heck, I joined the band wagon. I snowboarded for about 5 or 6 years, got my 360 down, liked doing the bumps and the trees. Powder is amazing on a snowboard, like a hot knife through butter. I recommend any skier try it some day. I went home one christmas and tried skiing again and absolutely fell in love with it all over again. I tried telemark skiing for a while which is tons of fun. Tele in the powder is amazing because you're stance is so low, you're right there in it. Its an amazing feeling. I live up in Missoula, Montana these days, mostly skiing Snowbowl, and Lost Trail, then backcountry up at Lolo Pass. Skiers are very intense about their sport up here. Small paychecks go to expensive gear and free time goes to skinning up to the fresh powder. Lots of fun. Long story but thanks for letting me rant...need more snow up here!!! We're getting anxious!

Cheers,
Amy
post #47 of 56
It doesn't seem too long ago but "time flies when you are having fun." I started skiing in the mid 80's when I was around 10 years old. My best memory of the equipment is that I was using is a pair of Head Yahoo skis with Solmon bindings with the teather strap.

-stay sharp-

bosie
post #48 of 56
Started skiing when working in Japan 1982, skied everywhere since, self-taught till 2002 when I had my first lesson (the shaped ski thing).

Made my wife spend our honeymoon in 1993 at Zermatt, skied from early morning till late at night. She was snowploughing and terrified most of the time (people looked at us, projecting sympathy at her and: "cruel English sod" at me) but Zermatt is a truly wonderful place. She got it in a couple of years, now our 9-year-old is a great little skier, too.

My 2002 lessons were at Lake Louise and the man said I stand too tall and my skis are too close together. (I did not reply that he was too short and his eyes were too close together). He said I should get my knees right up to my chest before changing edges. Actually everything he said was valid and I learned a lot. I think I must have copied that cool gliding statue mode that used to be the thing.

My favorite activities: dinghy sailing (1965-1972), motorcycles and motorcross (1975-1992), skiing (1982 - 2030) - all about leaning on one edge at speed.
post #49 of 56

this is fun!

I'll add myself to the list of newbies here. As an aside, I'm embarrassed to say that I live in Boulder, CO and only have about 8 or 9 skiing days in the 4 years I've lived here. My goal is to change that this season

Anyway, I learned to ski during the Bush, Sr. administration, at the age of 20 in, of all places, Ohio. God-freaking-awful conditions. You'd have better luck skiing in a bobsled run. This was at Mad River Mountain, (Bellfontaine, OH), and they did this "midnight madness" promotion that all my college age buddies and I thrived on. My first day on skis was actually a night. The instructor was half-drunk and so were most of the students! : No one died, and by midnight we could all stand up and get on/off the lift predictably, so they cut us loose to wreak havoc upon the rest of the inebriated sots weaving around out there. Looking back, it's kind of amazing that I enjoyed it as much as I did. But MM lift tickets were dirt cheap, like $20 for an evening, 10PM to 4AM every Friday and Saturday night. For that you got 200' of vertical drop on the hockey rink, over and over and over again. Lift lines were nonexistent, as there were maybe 150 people total on the hill at any given time. The only thing you had to be mindful of were the wasted, out-of-control frat boys doing the tuck-and-bomb deal down the black run.

First skis (still have them): an old set of circa 1982 Head (Elan?) grey-and-white straight skis. They seem very stiff compared to modern shaped skis I've demoed. Look QR bindings, don't know the model. Nordica boots that I quickly got rid of, for fit issues.

Since then, I've frittered around, putting in 2 or 3 days every other or third season. As in: enough to keep me stoked to ski, but never enough to improve. I'm a level 4 intermediate and that's probably being generous. I was skiing blues consistently in Ohio, but for whatever reason I get spooked on the blues at Keystone - I think they're just steeper, is all. I bought a "Learn to Ski" pass at Keystone in '02, with free rental / demo included. Shaped skis were a revelation: hey, I can finally ski parallel consistently and turn predictably!
post #50 of 56
Hi Lonefrontranger and welcome! I ski Keystone alot, have you tried skiing Springdipper? It is one of my favorite easy blue/geen runs that gets little traffic.
post #51 of 56

thanks!

Hi Kima, this is a great discussion forum! I've been lurking for several days, and I'm having a blast reading up on this stuff.

Springdipper is actually where I freaked out on the steepest bit, sat down and butt-surfed for about 250 metres until it flattened out. Highly embarrassing, and I felt like an utter tool, but it beat becoming paralysed with fear and going out of control into a tree or some other skier. Looking at the trail map, it appears that I may have mistakenly turned onto Jackface. Don't really know.

As I said, I'm an absolute ski moron. I'm going to fix that. I'm a competitive bicycle racer, fercrissakes; speed and courage isn't the issue here.

I really don't like to blame gear for my being a tool, but I think some of my issues might be gear related. I'm not sure I truly liked the sidecuts I've tried so far. They DO turn a TON easier than my old Head straights, and allow me to ski consistently parallel for the first time ever... as long as the snow is absolutely pristine. Any kind of ruts/ice/bumps and they started chattering / wobbling all over the place - and this from someone who LEARNED on the worst hockey rink in the nation! I'm beginning to think the rental guys might have thrown me under the bus a bit by giving me something too soft and/or short. Being a bike racer, I've got a lot of leg muscle to throw at a ski, and I'm also built like a tank (for a girl, anyway: 5'4", 145#). The shaped rentals I used were Rossi Cuts, and they got all squirrelly and crazy anytime I had to cross anything the least bit bumpy in a turn. I won't even get into the boot issues I've had trying to fit these sprinter's calves of mine into rentals.

Anyway, I'm working on a "help me" thread on the gear issue in the Gear forum. Thanks a lot for the welcome shout! Great forum - I was referred here by my usual cronies at Roadbikereview.
post #52 of 56
Roadbike hmm was hoping for tips on Mtn Biking. Do you have a pass for Keystone? Keystone offers a 2 day womens ski clinic in Jan. I have gone the past 2 years and it has really helped me. Also since you are in Boulder have you checked out the Epicski clinc at Eldora? Again welcome!
post #53 of 56
Started skiing in High School with a pair of leather boots salvaged from someone's garage. (At least they had buckles).
post #54 of 56
Thread Starter 
Speaking of leather buckle boots, which company had the saying that went something like: "You'll be racing while others are lacing?" Was it Raichle?
post #55 of 56

Mtbr

MTBR.com is where you want to go for mountain bike info. The tone in those forums is little saucier there than here or on RBR, but fun all the same. Thanks very much for the advice - I'll definitely check out those women's clinics!
post #56 of 56
Quote:
Originally Posted by pheft
Speaking of leather buckle boots, which company had the saying that went something like: "You'll be racing while others are lacing?" Was it Raichle?
"Are you still lacing while others are racing?" Henke, I believe.
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