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post #1 of 43
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I've been @ Killington for the past 10 days..... This past Friday morning I saw 3 wild Turkeys on the side of a trail (Ram's Head) and today on my way towards Highline a chipmunk ran across the trail.... LOL

Wonder what I'll see next.....:
post #2 of 43
Last Mother's Day, I had a black bear run in front of my car on the way down Route 4 just past the Kokopelli Inn. At first I thought it was a dog (I've got a sheepdog that runs kind of like a bear), until my co-pilot exclaimed, "Holy sheit, they weren't kidding! You really CAN'T outrun a bear!" I had to agree. This thing was hauling across the road!
post #3 of 43
One time I saw this pretty little white animal at Stowe. I thought it could be an ermine. Anyone have any other ideas? It was slim, furry,and low to the ground like a weasel.
post #4 of 43
Check out the 150 or so bears that live on Whistler. they fall asleep in late November, but are observable up till then. cute, from the gondola.
post #5 of 43
moose at Jackson Hole and Snowbird. I'm a birder and amazed at the dirth of bird life while skiing Utah, they are ravens sometimes, stellar jays down below, mountain chickadees and rosy finches on the mountain, and once I saw what I thought was a peregrine falcon(large v) at Snowbird.
post #6 of 43
Doesn't the Whistler area have one of the highest populations of bald eagles in North America?

I once saw a white coated fox in Thredbo (and I thought our snow season was too short to bother with a colour change) from the chair and there are nearly always wombats wandering around the base of the Kosciuszko Express chairlift.
post #7 of 43
I woke up a couple that was catching a few winks in the Pinkham Notch parking lot around 6 a.m. last April. The guy gave me a very dirty look, until I pointed and whispered, "MOOSE -- right there!" A baby (cow?) moose was casually strolling through through the parking lot not 15 feet from where they were camped out on the grass!
post #8 of 43
The most interesting sighting of animals I saw around here while skiing(Western PA at Hidden Valley) wasn't the types of animals I saw, but, that I saw them all on one late afternoon during a 2 hour stretch in mid November a few years ago. There was one of each...red fox, gray fox, 10 point buck, red tailed hawk, sharp shined hawk, and a great horned owl(my favorite and only my 2nd time ever seeing one).
post #9 of 43
I thought it was pretty cool seeing these little guys running around the slopes during the 98 Olympics in Nagano.

http://www.pbase.com/sangster/image/39984584
post #10 of 43
Back about 3 years ago, I was riding the lift to the top of my local ski hill. Real windy day, about 30 mph gusts. As I'm going up to the top, I think I see a kite flying in the wind. I guess closer, and I can see it's some sort of hawk, flyinginto the wind, going nowhere. I swear, it was flaping and flaping, but it was just staying in one spot. A lot of falls that day cause I was laughing for the next 3 runs down just thinking about it.
post #11 of 43
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Originally Posted by tetsuma
Check out the 150 or so bears that live on Whistler. they fall asleep in late November, but are observable up till then. cute, from the gondola.
Yeah, that.

You can also see them quite frequently from the lifts in spring.
post #12 of 43
We've seen fox and porcupines in Steamboat, a moose between Park City and LCC, and Eagles (lots of them) on the road up to Whistler.
post #13 of 43
Their are bears near Hidden Valley, PA. I saw one 2 years ago drving up for a preseason clinic. Most of the time skiing there you can see Deer on uncrowded days, and little mice that will pop out of the snow from time time. Mundane but we are in the mid-alantic what do you expect..
post #14 of 43
I saw a beaver once while..., oh, wait, um, nevermind. : :
post #15 of 43
At Copper last year, there was a mountain lion on a ridge directly above us.

At Whitetail in PA, for many years there was an albino deer living in the area and was a regular sight on the trails in the morning. I haven't seen it in the past few years though, so I don't know if it's still there.
post #16 of 43
I almost forgot. 2 or 3 years ago, during a warm spell in the spring, there were toads EVERYWHERE! There were so many that there were dead carcasses of toads all over the trails from being run over by skiers. Just weird!
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Deer Valley July 4th 2005

post #18 of 43
Most every year in Fernie you get a cow and a calf moose hanging around on the cat track from Redtree to the Haulback T-bar. She gets pretty crankey and charges at people sometimes too. If you encounter her your best to ski by as fast as you can, don't hesitate just get by before she realizes what happened. She has made more than one skier mess in their polypro underwear.
post #19 of 43
At Jackson Hole, there was a cow moose that stayed in the front yard of a house 2 doors down from us for 5 out of the 7 days we were there. She didn't seem to mind people gawking at her from 15 feet away.
post #20 of 43
I saw something on the news the other night, where a very large black bear decided to use someone's front porch as his winter den, and started his long winter nap under their porch. The authorities shot it with a tranquilizer and dragged it out and hauled it off. Can you imagine walking out the front door one dark morning and wondering "What's that snoring sound?" only to find a huge bear directly below your feet?:
post #21 of 43
When I moved a friend up to Big Sky a couple weeks ago, I had to slow down to slip through a flock of Big Horn sheep which were crossing the road. One of them was sporting a full curl.:

They really were a blessing too, because up until we came up on them, there was this guy tailgating me something fierce, even though I was really pushing my van's ability to hold the road. After we passed through the flock, the tailgater was no longer there. I figure either he stopped to look at the sheep, or they just blocked the road, and allowed me to put some distance between us.
post #22 of 43
Saw a Moose with her calf at the bottom of the Hobacks at Jackson way back in the late 80's.
post #23 of 43
Almost forgot. At Vail 2 years ago we saw some kind of black, cat-like thing up in a tree. We were skiing some woods in Blue Sky Basin at the time. Not sure what it was.....fisher cat or something??
post #24 of 43
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Originally Posted by volantaddict
When I moved a friend up to Big Sky a couple weeks ago, I had to slow down to slip through a flock of Big Horn sheep which were crossing the road. One of them was sporting a full curl.:

They really were a blessing too, because up until we came up on them, there was this guy tailgating me something fierce, even though I was really pushing my van's ability to hold the road. After we passed through the flock, the tailgater was no longer there. I figure either he stopped to look at the sheep, or they just blocked the road, and allowed me to put some distance between us.
They're a regular sight around Empire (CO) on the way to Winter Park, see from one to twenty nearly every day on the way to or from work.
post #25 of 43
i saw a family of bighorn sheep yesterday at lake louise,, first time i have seen anything on the slopes for a few years,, you can see lots of wildlife in the car going to and from the hill, but in banff thats just the usual seeing some on the slopes was neat though..
post #26 of 43
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Originally Posted by lennyblake
{Bighorn sheep are} a regular sight around Empire (CO) on the way to Winter Park, see from one to twenty nearly every day on the way to or from work.
They're also usually along I-70 west of there, before Georgetown. They seemed to disappear about mid-winter last year, though.

I've seen ermines from lifts a few times in Colorado; they're the cutest, although I've heard eyewitness reports of them shredding and eating pikas. :-0


There are also frequently ptarmigans under Lift 9 at Loveland, in the bushes just above timberline. They look like little moving snowballs.
post #27 of 43
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Originally Posted by hobojo
One time I saw this pretty little white animal at Stowe. I thought it could be an ermine. Anyone have any other ideas? It was slim, furry,and low to the ground like a weasel.
It sounds like an ermine, which is a type of weasel. They're also known as ferrets, I think.
post #28 of 43
bbinder, 15 foot from a Moose? Those people are lucky they were not charged and stomped. Moose are mean and nasty.

I have had a Mule Deer run in front of me like an out of control snowboarder, while skiing in the spring at Park City. There are Mountain Loins that live on the mountain there. Groomers see them roaming at night. It isn't uncommon to see Moose in the early winter and spring. I have seen Ermin and rabbits while skiing. One sure sign that spring is close by is to see Bald Eagles and Golden Eagles soaring over Deer Valley just east of DV The Jordanelle Reservoir is a nesting ground for Eagles.
post #29 of 43
At our local area (Bristol Mt) last year a female skier friend was hit by a white tail deer crossing the slope. She did sustaine injuries but did return to skiing several days later. They often cross the trails & are "spooked". by us skiers.


Skiing is a lot like sex, you don't have to be good to enjoy it...........
post #30 of 43
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Originally Posted by jrbd
I've seen ermines from lifts a few times in Colorado; they're the cutest, although I've heard eyewitness reports of them shredding and eating pikas. :-0

Funny you should mention that. We were riding the Thunder chair at Jackson Hole this afternoon and we rode right over an ermine running in the snow with a pika in his mouth. I guess ermines look really cute unless you happen to be a pika. :

It was a actually a big day for wildlife here. On my way to the village. I saw a coyote mousing in the meadow at the entrance to Teton Village. We saw a young cow moose under the Apres Vous chair AND a porcupine in a tree along Werner run this morning. Then the ermine in the afternoon.

Fun stuff.
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