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post #31 of 55
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Originally Posted by Bonni
I saw a squirrel bopping about in the pines from the lift at Rundown, but it wasn't that exciting because I was riding single.
Have not seen a squirrel this season : must be all those darn foxes running around.
post #32 of 55
My husband and I saw either a bobcat or a lynx on one of the trails at Jay Peak, VT, a few years ago. As for catamount, while rumors of them still being in VT abound, there have not been any sightings or scat found in years.

Also at Jay, it's not unusual to see hares hopping through the woods (often you can see their footprints in the snow under the lifts).

Out West, I have seen elk on the mountain. I have seen moose on the drive to Jay Peak, but never on the mountain.

Thatsagirl
post #33 of 55
Over the Christmas vacation there was a Moose at Mount Snow - in the woods between Upper Exhibition and the South Bowl. She was in the woods for 3 days, there were employees holding the masses back by 50 or 75 yards but there was plenty of people with cameras! You could see it clearly from the chair.
post #34 of 55
Oh I almost forgot I have been Known to ski with these very odd barking Bears
post #35 of 55
I've seen a couple lynx while touring at different times. I was sledding into my favorite b/c stash and had to stop and wait for a moose to get off the trail. It was post holing through about 6' of powder. The following day I saw it's tracks going over a pass at about 8500'. The thing must have been on a mission. My dog has found pocupines while touring.
post #36 of 55
Last season I was skiing powder in the trees off the backside of Stevens Pass. This is an area with no structures other than the lifts and a restroom facility. No road access. Far from everywhere, and what access there is was covered with lots of snow (surely not like this year!). I came blasting out of the trees, nobody in sight, just me and nature...suddenly I have a dog barking at me from about 5 feet away and chasing me down the hill. I nearly fell from the startle effect, but kept my feet and went on. Looking behind me I spy a doggie with a Ski Patrol bib on it and a Patroler right behind it. I sent an email to the management letting them know that it was unsafe to have a dog chasing skiers in the middle of the mountain, but never got an answer.
post #37 of 55
I was hit by a bird in a DH once. Talk about having your concentration interupted. At another DH, squirrel was unfortunate when it tried to run accross the track as the racer in front of me ran ovver it. I again lost concentration after seeing the two halves and additional course colouring.

I regularily see bears, rabbits, ptarmigans, grouse, squirrels, and the rare deer and coyote.
post #38 of 55
Thread Starter 
These are wonderful, fun-to-read replies. The bird in the head one is great. I must say, I'm a little surprised not to see -- did I miss something? -- any references to Rocky Mountain goats or pronghorns from our western friends, or any wild goats from our Euro-friends. No goat action, anyone????
post #39 of 55
2 years ago at Lutsen in Northern Minnesota, a Black bear was coming up the hill we were skiing down. It turned around when it saw us and stayed in front of us running down the hill. It was the second weekend in April and must have just came out of hibernation.

In the backcountry, we have encountered moose that would not move off the trail we were on. No problem to go around, but kind of scary when you come up them fast.

Another amazing sight is the wolf kills. We ski the rivers along the north shore of lake superior from the interior down to the water, and the number of wolf kills you come across some years is amazing.
post #40 of 55
If your at Nakiska anytime in the spring or on warmer days you will often see the herd of big horn sheep at the top , also have often seen lynx and been in the glades with a moose there . As for dogs they don't belong anywhere on a hill ( with the exception of avi. patrol dogs ) , I hit a shepard years ago comeing over a rise and there was no way I could miss it , hurt the dog bad and also took it's toll on me .
post #41 of 55
One night at our race league, the starter opened the door to the start house to find a raccoon had taken refuge from the cold. A number of people took turns at chasing him out of there and by the time they got him out he was seriously pissed. If anyone has ever heard a raccoon growling, it is very intimidating and loud.
Although he did leave the inside of the start house, we couldn't get him into the woods. He crawled up and wedged himself into a space in the rafters directly above the start wand. It was rather disconcerting when you were in the start gate, seeing a pissed off raccoon eyeing you up 2 feet above your head!
post #42 of 55
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Originally Posted by wbroun
These are wonderful, fun-to-read replies. The bird in the head one is great. I must say, I'm a little surprised not to see -- did I miss something? -- any references to Rocky Mountain goats or pronghorns from our western friends, or any wild goats from our Euro-friends. No goat action, anyone????
There was a guy at my high school that was rumored to have some goat action, but it was never confirmed.
post #43 of 55
While I've never seen them myself, I've been told that mountain goats are often seen at A-Basin. Their footpaths are certainly visible along the East Wall.

Thatsagirl
post #44 of 55

Grouse, (or partridge, if you prefer)

I just remembered one more..... while walking around at the top of the hill before a race, my buddy flushed a Grouse. Startled, he instinctively swung his pole at it as it flew by his face and he hit and killed it! Being a bird hunter, and not wanting to waste wild game, he proceeded to clean the bird right at the start area. (much to the horror of many racers). We put the breast "on ice" (snow), finished the race, then took the breast over to the fire pit at the ski area, grilled it up and ate it.
post #45 of 55
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Originally Posted by Yuki
Bandit! You should have hacked that serpent to pieces. What you probably encountered was the rumored and dreaded "snow snake", known to lurk and strike pulling you right out of your boots. They cause more falls than anything I know.

Actually did you take a good look at the critter? That part of NY has lots of Rattlers and Copperheads?
I'm pretty sure he was just a garter. He was a little guy, probably a foot long but very skinny. It was funny when I picked him up, it was like he knew I was taking him to safety. When I started skiing he just coiled up around my arm and stayed there. When I got to the bottom and put my arm near the ground, he just uncurled and slithered right off.

On another note, driving home in the little snowstorm we got last night, I almost hit a coyote. I came over a little knoll and I see eyes dart out in front and I think "oh shit, deer" then when I got a look at it - it was a coyote!! He then thought better of crossing the road in front of me and backpedalled in a hurry. Which was a good thing since I probably wouldn't have been able to stop with the snow on the ground. My parents were a little ways behind me so I blinked my brake lights at them and they said there were 2 coyotes - one on each side of the road. Was pretty neat since coyotes are a somewhat rare sight around here.

This summer while hiking at Belleayre, I saw what I believe to be a bobcat. I just barely caught him out of the corner of my eye so I can't be 100% certain though.

Jamie
post #46 of 55
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Originally Posted by skion
Another amazing sight is the wolf kills. We ski the rivers along the north shore of lake superior from the interior down to the water, and the number of wolf kills you come across some years is amazing.
Interesting! I recall finding what I assumed were wolf kills along the Temperance River in Spring (camping out while skiing Lutsen, I also enjoyed cross country skiing along the North Shore) but I was never quite certain they weren't road kills that had dragged themselves off into the woods before dying. The wolves had pretty much taken care of the remains in any case. Beautiful country up there!
post #47 of 55
Other than rabbits and squirrels, I've seen a mountain lion at Breck last year, as well as the normal animals (moose, elk).

At Whitetail in PA, we have a lot of whitetail deer running around (go figure, eh?), including an albino.

Last season while on a traversing trail, another one of our instructors, who was about 50 feet in front of me came about 5 feet from t-boning a deer as a family of 10-12 of them ran across the trail.

A number of years ago, during a saturday night race series (NASTAR-type course - purely recreational), one of the racers came inches from a deer that ran across the trail. Luckily these deer are small, but it still would have hurt like he!!.

Oh yeah, I've also seen a couple of Bald Eagles.
post #48 of 55
I've seen porcupine on the side of the trail at Windham. There's plenty of deer at Timberline WV. Come to think of it I've seen deer grazing trail side at Liberty while we were skiing the man made. There's also the dreaded golfers that can be seen from the main lift in spring while we're still skiing. Not to mention the glider planes overhead on nice days too.
post #49 of 55
Its good to see so many animal lovers.

Where I'm from, if it moves, it's considered dinner, & sooner or later will wind up as such.
post #50 of 55
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by rayl1964
Its good to see so many animal lovers.

Where I'm from, if it moves, it's considered dinner, & sooner or later will wind up as such.
I could go for one of your buckets of crawfish and red taters! I miss the Gulf Coast -- too bad, no skiing!
post #51 of 55
Lesee...Mountain Lion, small bear, turkey, pheasant, wabbit, and little kids. Little kids count as wildlife, right?
post #52 of 55
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Originally Posted by oisin
Interesting! I recall finding what I assumed were wolf kills along the Temperance River in Spring (camping out while skiing Lutsen, I also enjoyed cross country skiing along the North Shore) but I was never quite certain they weren't road kills that had dragged themselves off into the woods before dying. The wolves had pretty much taken care of the remains in any case. Beautiful country up there!
Nice to here from another person who knows MN exits. The wolfs are pretty strong along the shore. Our cabin is on the Baptism about 20 miles from Temperance, and we ski Lutsen+ many of the rivers. Lots of great backcountry and nobody knows it.
post #53 of 55

Pronghorn and Bighorn

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Originally Posted by wbroun
These are wonderful, fun-to-read replies. The bird in the head one is great. I must say, I'm a little surprised not to see -- did I miss something? -- any references to Rocky Mountain goats or pronghorns from our western friends, or any wild goats from our Euro-friends. No goat action, anyone????
Pronghorn are basically a plains animal...you are not likely to see them in the high mountains.

I see bighorn sheep on the East side Sierra Nevada Mountains all the time...not on Mammoth Mountain but about 20 miles South.
post #54 of 55
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by skion
Nice to here from another person who knows MN exits. The wolfs are pretty strong along the shore. Our cabin is on the Baptism about 20 miles from Temperance, and we ski Lutsen+ many of the rivers. Lots of great backcountry and nobody knows it.
Wolves rock. We could use some in Connecticut. The state used to be full of them up through the 19th century -- My car almost hit a big, old whitetail after skiing in the Berkshires tonight. If we had wolves, fewer lumbering old deer, healthier population. They're supposedly being introduced successfully in Michigan and Ohio, working their way east, I hope. As a matter of fact, I know some people around here who could use a wolf on their ass.

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Originally Posted by Mammothcruzer
Pronghorn are basically a plains animal...you are not likely to see them in the high mountains.
My typical ignorance... thanks for clarifying.
post #55 of 55
Has anyone watched the Selva di Valgardena Downhill race? Seen Ghedina and the roe deer? The risk for these shy anymals is to die bacause of the stress...
It happened to me too, not while skiing but a couple of hundred meters to the parking lot of the base station...which means practically at the edge of the village..
The poor animal was trapped on the road, because there were two cars at each "end" and it was scared. So it kept running back and forth from one car to the other, the very intelligent drivers (this is sarcasm) had kept their cars engines running and the lights on!
After a couple of minutes I couldn't stand it anymore, climbed out of the car and had to "herd" the poor animal in the trees, toward safety...
After that..my wife scolded me (for allegedly showing off)!!
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