Originally Posted by skibiscuit
Can you imagine how crowded the trails would be if everyone tried skiing or riding even once?
Good point, if everyone skied, or if everyone who tried it stuck to it, the resorts could never accommodate everyone. What we need is just enough new skiers to keep the resorts in business, but not shrinkage
of numbers, which seems to be what we have.
Bill Cosby had a funny take on skiing, a whole 20-minute album side about his first outing. He was reluctant, but a friend talked him into going ("I told him I didn't want to, but then he started to rhapsodize!")
He went to the shop to get outfitted, money no problem to him of course ("I want the best - not the most expensive, just the best!")
The salesmen all had tanned faces except where their sunglasses had been - looked like negatives of raccoons. The boots looked like cinder blocks. He spends two minutes telling how much his feet hurt when he tried them on, so the salesman concludes they're a perfect fit.
A funny account of sweating in his fart-bag suit in the overheated car on the way up. Then he gets out at the mountain, and to his surprise, "Hey, you know what? it's cold
up there!" The sweat collected at the bottom of his suit freezes solid. While standing in the hour-long lift line with his nose running, he tells his friend, "I want to thank you for bringing me here. I would probably just be sitting around the house, watching TV, eating potato chips . . . "
Finally he gets to the top of the mountain, and finds he can do it and it's fun - he's "slicing snow" just as he envisioned, so he apparently understood about turning - until he collides with a woman who didn't know how to stop either. "Nice-looking lady! But her nose was running!"
You need to hear his explanation of why so many skiers have German accents.