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post #31 of 67
Aw shucks!
post #32 of 67
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Originally Posted by Lisamarie
Ann Coulter on skis:
http://anncoulter.com/cgi-local/phot...skiglasses.jpg

Interesting alignment. :

Her politics may be over the top, but I'd kill to be that pretty!
I don't know who she is, so I did a Google image search.
She's a fit but average-looking white woman with dyed hair. : Why the envy?
post #33 of 67
We have a skiing President (Klaus, not Havel anymore).
He´s a longlife sportsman (was even the Czech 1st league basketball player) and an experienced skier.
I even organized the critique of his ski technique in the magazine I write for. It was on a regular page commenting on pictures of skiers with some celebrities included (the inevitable trend in media ).
I let an Austrian friend of mine, en ex-worldcupper, write the commentary, we discussed the final version and I did the translation.
Unfortunately I don´t have the picture to place it here.
Fact is he skis better than the pic implies. He was on TV news during Christmas time live and they were neat older-style turns by a skier who had done lots of them over years.

Btw, don´t forget the Russian skier Nr. 1 President Putin.

I remember all the ballyhoo when he came to St. Anton in 2001 for the last two days of the World Championships.

I was leaving the last night via St. Christoph where he was staying in the Hospiz. There were some obstacles on the road forcing the driver pass very slowly. Not a soul in sight and I thought how easy it would be for a terrorist to attack the silent dark house.
Suddenly a gloomy-looking guy with a Kalashnikow appeared and watched me pass with his gun evedently ready to fire.
The terrorists would have had no easy job, I realized (and decided not to become one ).

You must have heard about his private manmade slope near Moscow.
post #34 of 67
Prince Charles is said to be a very good skier. Some of you may have seen news items 15 + years ago when he was skiing a steep off-piste run at Klosters and some of his party were caught in an avalanche and one of them killed. Some people blamed the off-duty guide who was with them and many in the UK media felt the heir to the UK throne shouldn't be skiing such dangerous stuff. He continues to ski, perhaps more carefully, as do his sons. Princess Diana tried it but was never any good.
post #35 of 67
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Originally Posted by Snowball
Prince Charles is said to be a very good skier. Some of you may have seen news items 15 + years ago when he was skiing a steep off-piste run at Klosters and some of his party were caught in an avalanche and one of them killed. Some people blamed the off-duty guide who was with them and many in the UK media felt the heir to the UK throne shouldn't be skiing such dangerous stuff. He continues to ski, perhaps more carefully, as do his sons. Princess Diana tried it but was never any good.
*mumbles something about royalty being the ultimate large-scale con job*
post #36 of 67
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Originally Posted by OldSchool
*mumbles something about royalty being the ultimate large-scale con job*
Actually I agree, it is mainly just part of the heritage industry, though it does provide an a-political head of state to provide continuity without controversy.
But are most "celebrities" any better? The really important writers, scientists, philosophers etc wouldn't normally be considered celebrities.
(I never normally read news items about our Royals but I'm just joining in the spirit of the thread - if "spirit" isn't rather overstating it. Actually, why am I bothering to read or write any of this? What sad people we must be. )
post #37 of 67
Snowball: I was at the World Championships in St. Anton in '01. Actually, I arrived just minutes after Mario Matt won the slolom. It was crazy. We had great snow that year in the arlberg. I can't remember whether it was that year or the next that Caroline blew out her ACL.
post #38 of 67
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Originally Posted by Lisamarie
Ann Coulter on skis:
...I'd kill to be that pretty!
Maybe I'm reacting to her politics, but whenever I see a picture or video of Ann Coulter the thing that comes to mind is a vampire with an eating disorder.

As for something OT, how do you guys even define a celeb? TV/Movie star? Major CEO? Politician? Ambassador? A modestly successful mystery writer? Anyone whose name generates lots of Google hits? What is the cutoff?
post #39 of 67
A friend of mine who used to teach at Breck gave a lesson to Robert Urich. He described Mr. Urich as a very kind gentleman with a great sense of humor and not a bad skier either. Rest in peace, Bob...
post #40 of 67
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Originally Posted by Max Capacity
Michael J Fox hangs out at Okemo a couple of times a season.
Our favorite Aussie instructor was teaching his wife Tracy how to ski.

A friend of mine skied with Kristi McNichol when to do a "Ski the Poconos" commercial back around 1980.

David Duval is an avid snowboarder.
post #41 of 67
You seem to be forgetting one very famous celebrity skier - Pope John Paul II.


Don't know how good he was - but it would have been interesting to see him ski.
Maybe he did a deal with God to get the untracked powderfields in heaven . . . . .
post #42 of 67
Do the stars ski?
well if not i have seen many impersonators , in the years i worked at DV.
Tony Danza,Cheech Marin, Dustin Hoffeman, Robert Redferd flew his helecopter over the hill one day. Stein, every day he was in town.
Open weekend at DV there is a celeberty ski classic,(racing for local charties) with a pro am race. A bunch of washed up tv stars from Dallas and Beverly Hills 90215,etc
Charlie Gibson(good morning America) has a place in the gated area known as Bald Eagle. VP Gore and Family stopped by a couple times as did the Clintons.( bill didint ski, was down on Main Street asking for $ to pay for his morning coffee)
Stars don't don't get to cut in line, no matter how much they pay. And for most part when stars are on vacation, thye prefer to be left alone.
It was a unwritten policy at DV, employeess were to leave the stars alone, other than help them out with what ever.No Photos, no autographs.
I once saw Dusty Hoffman attempt to eat lunch one after noon on the lower deck at Snow Park,, he kept getting hounded by the public for phots/autographs, he got up and went back skiing.
I have chatted with Tona Danza at the bottom of Wasatch. He used to arrive just before we opened for public, so i would walk over ask to see his pass, then just chit chat. Nice guy.
At the bottom of Carpenter,i would help Eric Scholpy carry his gear from street side to the lift, so he could go up to Know You don't and train.Also another nice person. Very down to earth.
One year after World Cup was over, a bunch of current and former US Ski Team Memebers skiedDV. Made laps all day long on off the Sultan/ Mayflower lifts,, this was before Empire was created) Talk about a party on skis
As for during Sundance, the majority stay off the slopes. They would rather attend screenings and the mega parties afterwards. A few do come by to ski a couple of hours, othere come by to dine.
But the thing i rember most, was the lead singer from Guns and Roses, called resort management, offerd a ungodly amount of money to them to fire up a lift after hours so he could go snowboarding. Resort's anwser??? Sorry,but no.
In the 15 years i was there, i could of probly done it , but nevr did, snap photos of the stars and sell them to the entertainment 'rags'.
But you have to look at it this way, why intrude of someone's vacation? put your self in thier shoes.
post #43 of 67
I'm sure tons of celebs have dabbled in skiing/boarding, but I too am curious about which ones are really decent at it.

politicos: Gerald Ford used to ski @ Vail&Beaver Creek, the Governator@Sun Valley, John Kerry boards and skis, including backcountry@SunValley, Putin of Russia is purportedly very good skier. Too bad he and the Pope never got to ride a chairlift together - might have changed the world.

movie types: Jack Nicholson used to like Aspen, ditto Don Johnson and George Hamilton, not sure if any still at it. Pretty sure Eastwood used to ski too. Saw tv show about 10 years ago with Darryl Hannah being taken on back country snowboarding down backside of Ajax. She was solid intermediate, got goaded into hitting a 4 foot jump and wiped out pretty vigorously. I was at Snowbird about 15 years ago and saw Artie "very interesting" Johnson from old Laugh-in tv show. He was just hanging around tram base and had young very buxom blond on his arm. she looked like a poser too. reportedly Joe Montana was at the bird that day and supposedly pretty good skier. I was hanging out at Aspen airport once in March and saw 2 or 3 broadcaster type celebrities in about 45 mins, stayed at TLazy 7 Ranch cabins at same time as sportscaster Kevin Kiley. I was in Aspen in March of '91 and saw them filming Aspen Extreme in the streets, didn't see the film until about 5 years later, fairly humorous. Of the old time '40s celebs believe Gary Cooper was the best skier of the bunch. hemingway probably pretty good too.

music stars: Paul McCartney and new wife (with artificial leg) seen skiing repeatedly in Tahoe area in recent years including at Northstar. Neat story last year of him taking stage for a song at local Truckee eatery after dinner. Seal is a snowboarder and was profiled in Ski or Skiing about 5 yrs ago. Broke his wrist during boarding session with magazine writer interviewing him. Believe several of the Beastie Boys are boarders too.
post #44 of 67
At one of the areas I worked at I met Hal Lindon (Barney Miller), and at another Steve Garvey was a regular Apres ski at a small watering Hole across from the Ski School Locker room.

At that same area we had a Celeb. Pro/Am race and most of the cast of "Hill Street Blues" was there. Jim Sikking (lt. Hunter) and Charles Haid (Renko) actually shared the Ski School Locker Room with us. We had tons of laughs with them, and they joined us for a SS Beer Party. The best part was that in real life they were the same characters they played on the show !
post #45 of 67
Treat Williams skis- He lives here in Park City and grew up skiing in Vermont. He trained in PC for one of those celebrity benefit races in Sun Valley this season and won easily.
post #46 of 67
At Alta, around '77 or '78, I sat across a lunch table from George Kennedy and a very pretty young woman who, many years later, I found out was probably Sylvia Kristal. Kennedy seemed like a nice, pleasant, normal kind of guy. Kristal (if it indeed was her) acted like a spoiled brat.

They were at Alta filming the "crash in the Alps" scene for the movie, "Airport '80". Kennedy invited me to be an extra, but, the next day, after standing around for an hour or so doing nothing except watch sooty fires burning in oil drums placed all around a large flat area, I decided that skiing was more important to me, and just took off. I never did get my 1 second of movie time, sniff, sniff.

As I recall, they both were wearing ski boots, but I never actually saw them on skis.

Tom / PM
post #47 of 67
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Originally Posted by Canyons
Snowball: I was at the World Championships in St. Anton in '01. Actually, I arrived just minutes after Mario Matt won the slolom. It was crazy. We had great snow that year in the arlberg. I can't remember whether it was that year or the next that Caroline blew out her ACL.
I was at the Hahnenkamm race at Kitzbuhel (right beside the Mausefalle near the top where they take a huge jump and land with a big compression doing 80mph) the year Klammer won by a couple of seconds. It was so steep there that spectators kept loosing their footing and sliding down the hill (I did that and cut my hand catching hold of a branch with barbed wire around it - left over from the summer when it is all meadows) I couldn't understand the loudspeaker announcements but it was exciting watching them go over. (And I mean "over", we saw the undersides of their skis as they passed with a big Whooosh sound).
On the way up I had been in the cable car (tram to you) with a Japanese racer. He said "I scared". I think any sane person would be on that track.
I went down the track later in the day when they opened it to the public. Really icy! One guy fell and I saw his ski go by with his boot in it! He had blown the buckles somehow.
post #48 of 67
Great post! (DIGRESSION) I love Kitzbuhl. One time (about 18 years ago), I was skiing there with my wife. It was late in the day. We took a wrong turn, and found ourselves skiing past small farm houses. We ended up 3 villages down the road from Kitzbuhl. It was then and there that I knew I had to ski Austria as much as possible.
post #49 of 67
Harrison Ford can be spotted fairly regularly here at JH.

He's pretty good.

He's a boarder, though. Does that count?

Bob
post #50 of 67
Almost shared a heli witih Montel Williams 2 weeks ago.
post #51 of 67
My understanding is A lot of the celeb's that ski will often hire a trusted instructor to just ski with. Not so much for the skiing instruction but so they don't have to be "in lines" where they might get recognized and mobbed. By going through the ski school lines they have less "interaction" with the general public while they enjoy the mountain.

From what I have heard, all the ski schools and resorts really try to respect their guests wishes to be anonymous if that's what they want.

DC
post #52 of 67
Celebrities ski at Yellowstone Club with their own kind on perfectly groomed empty runs.
post #53 of 67
Ann Coulter is in no way atractive. She is the classic example of someone who from far away might appear to be atractive but seen close up, ewww.....

Alfonse
post #54 of 67
I rode up the Chair with Evander Hollifield (The Boxer) @ Heavenly Valley 2000-2001 season. He was not chatty. I did not bother to see how he ski's/

MM
post #55 of 67
Sun Valley made the papers last season as the site of John Kerry's much-discussed snowboard outing. As is common with respect to Sun Valley's oft-sighted celebrities-Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore among them-locals left Kerry, whose wife owns a house near town, alone to explore the area, both inbounds and out. The community is also home to investment banker Herbert Allen's annual summit of media and tech moguls-a gathering that routinely attracts the likes of Bill Gates, Michael Eisner, Warren Buffett and Michael Dell.
post #56 of 67
Bob Dole served in the Tenth Mtn Division. Evan Dando skis. Members of The String Cheese Incident ski telemark and alpine and snowboard. Dick Cheney skis. He has a house in Jackson Hole, and attended a ceremony at Auschitz in a snowboarding outfit.
post #57 of 67
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Originally Posted by telerod15
Dick Cheney skis. He has a house in Jackson Hole, and attended a ceremony at Auschitz in a snowboarding outfit.
You mean baggy jeans, pierced eyebrows, "EAT ME" written on jacket in crayon?
post #58 of 67
Well, it looked like mad snowboard steez but I guess it was really an Air Force parka, and he wore a wool ski cap. He caught a little flak for that because all the other world leaders wore overcoats and men's hats. The parka did have his name embroidered on it. If it was his nickname, that's not too far from "eat me".
post #59 of 67
[quote=tahoetr,Cheech Marin,
I have chatted with Tona Danza at the bottom of Wasatch. He used to arrive just before we opened for public, so i would walk over ask to see his pass, then just chit chat. Nice guy.[/QUOTE/]

I know Tony "didn't ride good and ate wood" up there didn't he try to sue the resort? Got to make some turns and talk to Cheech tending bar at Steins Lodge back in 96. That was a fun yet highly political place to work. Tell Steino its "pleased to meet you" not "so pleased for you to meet me" consiedeted eoro dork.
post #60 of 67
Yes Tony did bite it big time. But he was man enough to admit he was skiing to fast and not staying in control. He DID NOT try to get anything from the resort.
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