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post #61 of 83
I am roughly 40 minutes from a resort, although right now I drive about 2.5 hours to ski the resorts around denver..or just stay with my friend who lives there since I am only 89 miles north of denver.
post #62 of 83
In 7 seasons so far my worst season was this year - only 30 or so skiing days.... usually 50 or so - best was 70... in an Oz season that is only 3 months long & the first month is a man made little bit of cover on the beginner hill most years....

I ski grass - ask ant....

& to top it all off - I can count on 1 hand still the number of days I have not had a lesson...... (mostly privates too).... anyone want to add up the % of my income goes into skiing??

Oh 4.5 hour trip to snow & I do the round trip weekly most of the season
post #63 of 83
How much of a ski nut? I spend hours on an Internet forum reading about and talking about skiing. How much more evidence do you require?!?!?!?
post #64 of 83
It is often said that insanity and creativity are very similar. To be creative you need to do things differently then the "norm."

This is not insanity. It is creativity.

We're artists - right?
post #65 of 83
Nut? I live in MN and have skied 4 days in Tahoe so far.
I will still do 5 days at Kicking Horse/Panorama/Fernie, 5 in Utah,
8-10 at Lutsen, and a bunch of nights at Wild Mountain with the kids.

Nut? No, Addict.

Got to love it.
post #66 of 83
Quote:
Originally Posted by disski
In 7 seasons so far my worst season was this year - only 30 or so skiing days.... usually 50 or so - best was 70... in an Oz season that is only 3 months long & the first month is a man made little bit of cover on the beginner hill most years....

I ski grass - ask ant....

& to top it all off - I can count on 1 hand still the number of days I have not had a lesson...... (mostly privates too).... anyone want to add up the % of my income goes into skiing??

Oh 4.5 hour trip to snow & I do the round trip weekly most of the season
Winner! where is Oz anyway? I presume we aren't in Kansas anymore!
post #67 of 83
Oz = Australia........

Ask ant about the grass skiing... & I learnt to ski bushes this year (I am bad at bush skiing)......... it is called "connect the snow patches on the ski runs" ..... had lots of training on the grass so better at that....

skiing costs me waaaaaayyyyy to much.... but I like it so much......

SURFING costs MUCH less..... & is getting as addictive....... aaaarrrrggghhhhh....

Oh well at least we can surf only a couple of hours from where we can ski....
post #68 of 83
Wayhay!!! I'm normal!!!

I am sitting on a balance ball though and I'm in the process of making a wobble board.
Bob's Encylopedia is open (Comfort Christies now Bob - cheers!!) - so is snowheads + BB. I'm also reading the CSIA handbook and Inner Skiing.
I have a piccy of Herman Mayer (sp?) as my wallpaper.
I've asked Denise (my wife) what she thought about ESA in 2006.
Off to the dry slope tonight...

Of course I only have 12 days on snow so far...

I'm sure Denise will be *sooo* happy to see what might have been
post #69 of 83

I admit I have a problem

two year old car, 45,000 miles, 80+ days of skiing already from this car. i compute my mileage ratio as "miles driven per ski day".

what's a ski nut? i've never seen one...oh, wait, you mean the normal people who sacrifice everything to ski. shouldn't we be coming up with some term for people who don't do this? they're the ones that have a problem.

life is of course all about skiing as often as possible and somehow managing to tolerate all the other things you have to do - you know all those petty non-skiing related things like paying bills and working - in as little time as possible so that you stop being annoyed by them and get back to your life.

to have a problem, you have to admit that you might have a problem. i have a problem: all those other things that get in the way of my life!
post #70 of 83
HEY---disski You do understand if you go out in the water on only one surfboard that makes you a boarder----use two--outherwise you have to post over at the "what makes you a board nut".
post #71 of 83
Quote:
Originally Posted by Uncle Louie
HEY---disski You do understand if you go out in the water on only one surfboard that makes you a boarder----use two--outherwise you have to post over at the "what makes you a board nut".


I am NOT a boarder.. I am NOT a boarder.... I am NOT a boarder.. I am NOT a boarder.... I am NOT a boarder.. I am NOT a boarder.... I am NOT a boarder.. I am NOT a boarder....
post #72 of 83
Lets see, the 110 mile round trip twice a week to Baker and the 260 mile 6+ hrs round trip day trips to Whistler at least 6 times a season into June seems kind of normal. What my friends and co-workers think is nutty are the times in June, July and August I leave at midnight, drive 6 hrs to Timberline, sleep for an hour or two in the back of the Subie wagon, ski for 6 hrs then drive 6 hrs back home. Show up for work the next day with serious goggle tan. I play music for my pass, could never afford to ski as much as I do without that. If all I had to do was play music and ski I would be in Nirvana.
Bob Peters, my hat is off to you for your monthly streak. Look out endless
post #73 of 83
We didn't get addicted until our 30's, but now we are ski (and mountain bike) nuts.

We have had season passes for about the last 8 years at a hill with 200 vertical feet. You have to be nuts to do laps on a hill like this.

We have given up Christmas with the family for skiing the past 5 years. OK, this is not much of a sacrifice and Christmas day is always one of the best skiing days of the year.

Almost all of our vacation time for the past several years has been for our sports. We have even taken the mountain bikes to Florida while visiting my parents just to sneak in a few rides. We would take our skis, but that is even less realistic than 'mountain' biking.

4 weeks of vacation was not enough, so I requested a severence package from a high paying job, the house is on the market, and we will move to Alaska as soon as it sells. We don't have jobs or plans, just want to pursue our passions.

We are learning to be ski instructors this season at the 200 foot hill. Maybe next season we will instruct at Alyeska.

Further, my father-in-law thinks we're nuts. That's the real proof.
post #74 of 83
Um, let's see, for OUTDOOR skiing ...
Last year, I managed about 16 days skiing.
and bought 2 new pairs of skis.
14 days involved a 16 hour flight from London to SLC (I'm guessing about 8000 miles one way)
Then, while in SLC, I was driven by Uma's owner up to Jackson Hole for 2 days.
In March, I did a 2 day trip to Austria (maybe only 600 miles). During that trip I skiied 29 different peaks in the 2 days.
So, that's 17,200 miles for 16 days skiing.

The plan for this year is:
Big Sky, Montana (6,500 miles?) for a week, and maybe Kicking Horse for a week later in the season.
I'm guessing that would work out at over 25,000 miles for 12 days skiing.

Oh and then there's the forum activitiy...
Epic: um, highest poster.
snowHeads: top 5 poster.
Natives: highest poster.
There are other fora I post on, but they don't all show number of posts...
post #75 of 83
Lotsa reasons I could be called a ski nut, but here's the one that stands out:

A year ago, my 1978 Jeep CJ5 was my ski vehicle. My brother and I put over 50,000 miles on it in 2 years driving to ski mountains. It's maximum speed was 50 mph and it had only a ripped soft top to protect us from the elements. Also, no heat, so we would dress in full ski gear before we left the house. The heat from the overworked 3 speed manual transmission would keep our feet from freezing. I would put a brick on the gas pedal to hold it pinned at 50mph, take off my shoes and put my feet on the side of the transmission tunnel to keep warm. We would often spend more time driving to the mountain than actually skiing, but we won the "oldest Jeep" contest at the Jeep Owner Appreciation Days more times than I can count!

Finally I sold it and used the proceeds for new skis.
post #76 of 83
about 2000 miles a month from november to mid may.


post #77 of 83
I'm a student with virtually no income, yet I ski 4+ weeks a year. A big thanks to banks, who have given me 5 credit cards and 2 student overdrafts to afford it!! Now, about paying it back...
post #78 of 83
did the cast/ski pole thing. Also after breaking my ankle doc said boot was like a cast and it would heal faster if i used it so i was on the bunny hill at 4 weeks out.
yes, it hurt, but not as much as not skiing.
post #79 of 83
This season is my 5th winter in a row without summer!!

post #80 of 83

You guys are dedicated!

WOW, you guys are all really dedicated. I'm a ski nut but don't really have anyway to prove it. I'm 5 mins to the chair lift as I sit here and type! I'm 35 mins to a snow cat that can bring me to 1000's of acres of untracked powder! I really do have it good!!!!
post #81 of 83
OK---so some of you aren't impressed with my yearly trips.

Consider this then---I live in the South, at the beach---own a season's pass to an area 2000 miles away, have 3 paris of skis and my regular e-mail address is my initals which I won't give you but .......well here it is

**at9600ft@msn.com---------that's the elevation of the base of the Breckenridge Ski Area. It cracks up the Lodging Company I deal with every year.

Still think Bob Peters is the leader here--but can I at least be in the club ?
post #82 of 83
Louie, for 3 years I had a season pass for Winter Park, and I was living in Ireland.
post #83 of 83
The true ski nut is the ski bum, the person who defines success as days on snow, not material possessions, net worth, or social position. Successful ski bums have mountain jobs that pay them to ski. The Canadian movie, Ski Bums, tells it like it is. I tried being a ski bum but I couldn't handle cleaning the rented toilets of tourists, dealing with my parents' disapproval, and otherwise transcending the cultural norms of success. So I did the next best thing: I married a ski instructor, moved to Montana, and started working in a ski school. I'm still married, still in Montana, still working in a ski school and I own my own home, own my own business, have two terrific kids who like to ski with me, and consider my husband my #1 ski buddy. I wouldn't call myself a ski nut, because skiing is not the sun and the moon to me. It's a big part of my life, but I am not willing to sacrifice everything for it.
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