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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Have you ever had a bad experience at a ski resort? If so compare stories with me because i've had quite a few.

This one time I was skiing Breckenridge and it had been snowing mad hard all day, it must've been an inch an hour. So me and my buddy Eddy get to the top of the T-Bar up there near all the double black bowls. So we get to the top of this thing and visibility is so bad you cant see five feet in front of you. (Keep in mind were at the top of double blacks with a blinding snow storm) So we decide to wait for a little bit to see if it will clear up. Stupid mistake, we sit there for an hour freeze our asses off and it doesn't clear up, so we gotta go down steep bowls with almost zero visiblility, it really sucked.:
post #2 of 22
I seriously thought of putting fog lights on the tips of my Kastles after a foggy day at Tremblant, but I had a good time; the skiing was fun and tested your reflexes, and it was warm, and there was almost nobody else on the hill.

The only bad experience I've had is being treated like a second class citizen by staff, also at Tremblant, but before the current management. I had never been there before, and had some questions as to what facilities they had where I could eat lunch, get a lift map, etc. Instead of giving me a quick run down the guy in the booth selling lift tickets just pointed at the hill and said there it is. I thought maybe he didn't want to speak English, so I tried in French, but this only seemed to lower his opinion of how much of his time I was worth. I got the distinct impression that if I had of been wearing the latest fashions instead of an old parka, and packing a brown bag lunch he would have been more civil.

On the other hand, people at every other resort I've been to are great.
post #3 of 22
Am I missing the sarcasm or something? Puking snow and wide open bowls? Wish I had your bad experiences every day of my life.
post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by TOLOCOMan
Am I missing the sarcasm or something? Puking snow and wide open bowls? Wish I had your bad experiences every day of my life.
Its not that the snow condititons were bad, it was that I was freezing my ass off on the top of a mountain, and I had to be cautious skiing down a double black bowl with almost whiteout conditions.
post #5 of 22
Hmm. If low visibility is the worst thing that has ever happened to you consider yourself lucky. Surely there have to be some stuck on broken down chairlift for 6 hours in a blizzard / got run over by a snow groomer etc stories out there. (not that any of those thing have happened to me)

Although I do know a guy who broke and toppled a lift tower while riding the lift one night (on a surface lift), but that was his fault.
post #6 of 22
I had a similar yet completely different experience at Breck. Maybe it was the same day? It was our last afternoon of a 9 day ski trip. Brack, Vail, Copper... I wasn't feeling too good after too much bar hopping the night before and was considering calling it a day at lunchtime. It was snowing at a pretty good rate, but there didn't seem to be a lot of accumulation anywhere we had been on the mountain.

My friend talked me into one ride up top of the t-bar to see what it was like up there. We skied, the snow piled up, finally the lifts closed and we dragged our tired asses off the hill. Turned into one of my favorite ske experiences.

Bad Experiences:

Last year at Tremblant I got into an arguement with someone that didn't understand the way lift lines work.

Years ago at Hunter a sled dog came up to me and ripped my ticket in half, said I was going too fast and if I did it again he would take the other half??? I didn't know there was a speed limit.

Hunter again, I as 14 or 15 and my buddies broke the cigarette machine - I got booted along with them... at least I got to meet Orville Slutsky!

Hunter again, fast forward about 10 years, after a day of skiing my friend's skis were stolen off the rack.
post #7 of 22
Many years ago my brother and I were skiing Crystal Mountain during a fog and snow storm. We were somewhere along the rim of Green Valley, I was completely disoriented. The wind had created a cornice on the valley rim. Not being familiar with the place I skied right onto the cornice and broke through. I fell about 20' down the hill in new snow up to my armpits. Not knowing where I was the only option I felt I had was to climb up and over the cornice. The Green Valley chair was not running so I couldn't go down that way. I struggled while my brother froze at the top of the rim. It took a long time and lots of work to get out. I was steaming hot when I got done and my brother was frozen solid. Went back later and realized that if I could have seen it, there was a way to traverse out. Oh well.
post #8 of 22
I took Mark's 14 year old Floridian daughter to the top of Blackcomb in the middle of a white out. Gave a whole new meaning to the phrase "Wicked Step Mom!"
post #9 of 22
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post #10 of 22
This may not be as much of a bad experience as a missed oppertunity

About two years ago I went up on one of the few Cascade mountain trips ive been on. for those of you not lucky enough to live in the midwest cascade is a nice mountain with 400 feet of vertical. Well this day it turned out that our plans had finally coincided with a major powder day at this place there was at least 3 inches of unpacked snow on the runs.
All excited Iget to the hill and start to put on my gear and make a quick painful discovery that i had forgotten my goggles! so i went up thinking i don't need goggles. I didn't make it very far, and ended up slowly sliding down the hill.
So i went to the shop to see if i could buy a cheap pair, and they were sold out of all the cheap ones! so i ended up spending the better part of that day in the lodge, almost crying about the missed snow day. i still think that that day had the chance to be one of the best midwest ski days ive had.
post #11 of 22
Several years ago at Big Sky I just had to take one more run when everyone else hit the hot tub. The chair broke and I ended up spending about two hours getting to the top on generator power. Ski patrol was throwing blankets at us from the lift towers and threatening people who were considering jumping. I often remind my husband that since he wasn't there I had to cuddle up with the people who were!! Just when I got to the top and thought it was over it got worse. The resort was closed so they had us wait for chairs to make groups of about 30 and then forced us to ski down with patrol. I know it was for safety, but it took forever to ski down at the skill level of the lowest person in the group who was already frozen solid and scared!
post #12 of 22
last year in the middle of one of my classes a little girl got nailed by an out of control skier and had to be sent to the hospital with a broken leg. Spent the entire day filling out accident reports and talking to some very angry parents with police officers in tow. I almost quit instructing right then and there.

BTW, Cascade is maybe 400 vert. Granite Peak doesnt even have the 700 it claims to have.
post #13 of 22
I have one. 1973: Shortly after Snowbird opened, I camped on the slopes with a buddy to save money on lodging. The snow deformed under the sleeping bags leaving us laying on what felt like ice base-balls. The next day, we were up early to get on the new tram. We boarded the one with the ballast tank, and it was a full load. It actually hit the cliffs on the way up. The operator immediately stopped the tram while we were swinging wildly above what is now known as Great Scott. After arriving at the top, I blew out the toe-piece of my binding on the top of Regulator and had to ski down on one ski. On the bright side, I stopped to help out a gal who had apparently broken a leg (near what is now upper Gad), and the ski patrol carried my broken ski down. Made repairs and skiied the rest of the day.

Aw heck, There is no such thing as a "bad experience" if you are skiing!
post #14 of 22
While I wouldn't call it a "bad" experience, I was at Squaw in the early 90's and it absolutely puked snow the night before. There must have been 2-3 feet of new snow and WAY deeper in the wind deposit areas.

The morning started out bluebird, but around noon (at about the exact time my buddy and I unloaded at the top of KT-22) fog rolled in. The fog was so thick that you literally couldn't see your skis when you were standing on them.

We were both in a powder crazed mania, so we headed down without much pause. We figured "so what if we can't see where we're going, how could we possibly get hurt with 3 feet of powder on the ground?". Mistake number 1.

The upper part of KT-22 was fine and we made it down GS Bowl with no problems, so I became overconfident. Mistake number 2.

I lengthened my turns and picked up a LOT more speed. All of the sudden, in mid-turn, I realized that I was no longer on the ground. I dropped pretty far off the cliff band because I had enough time to:
1. Realize I was in the air.
2. Think out loud "Oh Shit".
3. Think "this might turn out ok".
4. Then realize that I was WAY off axis (like completely horizontal),
5. Then say (again) "OH SHIT!!!"),
6. Then POOF I embedded myself in the snow.

I was SO lucky there was so much fresh powder on the ground. After I swam back to the surface, I collected my gear and packed it in for the day. I'm guessing the drop was around 10-15 feet, maybe more, and to this day that is the biggest cliff I've ever dropped on skis.
post #15 of 22
I was riding one of those quad chairs at Brighton up by myself while night skiing, and the chair had developed a big sway back and forth. I started to wonder if I was going to smash into a lift tower, and sure enough....

Nearly knocked me all the way out of the seat and scared me to death. Thank god I had the bar down or I would have gone over.
post #16 of 22
Originally Posted by onyxjl
I was riding one of those quad chairs at Brighton up by myself while night skiing, and the chair had developed a big sway back and forth. I started to wonder if I was going to smash into a lift tower, and sure enough....

Nearly knocked me all the way out of the seat and scared me to death. Thank god I had the bar down or I would have gone over.
Sit in the middle next time:
post #17 of 22
Another one came into my mind. Probably about 1970 I was on a chair with a buddy and we were within about 10 feet of getting to the off ramp in a snow storm with high winds when the power went out. It took us 45 minutes to make that last few feet.

The worst, though was when I broke my leg. My fault, no excuses. The year was 1965. Spiral of the tibia and fibula. I was 12, it happened in late December and I wasn't walking normally until late June.
post #18 of 22
High school ski trip to Leysin...8 went out, 7 came back.
post #19 of 22
How about this for a "bad experience".

Sitting in Virginia on 11/29/2004 with no snow or cold weather in sight, PLUS a forecast of 50+ degree temps for at least the next 10 days. Where's the long, cold, and snowy winter weather that was forecasted for the East?

I have got to get my @ss out West.
post #20 of 22
Worst ski experience ever- spending a week at Vail in January with a beautiful girlfriend who didn't ski and wanted to get up at 11, and lounge around drinking tea and reading the paper all day. We had an entire townhouse to use and it was the "big test" of "the relationship" and I tried to be "good."
It snowed at least a foot of fresh every night. I tried so hard to be "there for her" but it just didn't work out very well..

Then I met a woman who thought going surfing at 5;30 a.m. was a great idea and first tracks on a powder day was the meaning of life. I married her!
post #21 of 22
Ouch. But you could always get up for first chair and ski the fresh until 11 anyways
post #22 of 22
The ski trip from hell....Whistler March early 80's, two couples.

Rained daily in the village until half way up. Then fog. Got so sick of skiing with wet clothes, I did not even go one day!

The Apres scene is supposed to do the trick, but the other couple was not interested in going out, nor was my companion. Everything was done on the extreme cheap. We even brought food from Vancouver!

Then on the last night, we split up to go to dinner. I went with my date to a very very expensive seafood place, prices so high you need oxygen, to try to have something like a good time... the other couple walked in 1/2 hour later..... The flight home was very silent....
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