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post #31 of 59
I have to come to value my life very dearly. If I was to go drink a bottle of stoli I really don't think I would even make it to the lift If I did make it I know for sure my way down would be the ride of shame in a ski patrollers beautiful orangish red sled. Not to mention the other people I would most likely take out.
post #32 of 59
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Originally Posted by Wear The Fox Hat
But not everyone sees a ski vacation as purely a sport, some see it as a vacation.
When you are on vacation, do you ever have a drink before playing football?
Only if I want to puke. Also it depends on what "Football" you refer to!

For me: Latte in the AM - Vodka, music, & friends in the PM
post #33 of 59
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Originally Posted by NewHampie
It never fails to amaze me how many skiers drink during the day and how much they consume. I love to catch a buzz but for Chrisakes, this is a sport! Would you drink while running a marathon? playing a tennis match? Of course selling liquor is part of the profitability of concessions and of the overall economic picture so it will go on and probably even be encouraged.

Actually I have a couple of ski instructors that are very keen for me to start my skiing day with a shot of schnapps..... they don't want me drunk but they do seem quite keen for me to have a drink or 2 early in the day (& then stop).... they swear i am a MUCH better skier for a drink or 2...
post #34 of 59
I was riding Fernie's White Pass chair early January and a skier hurled (threw up) from the chairlift (much to his friends ribbing). Apparently he'd had quite a heavy previous night Luckily for him, although he was passing a connecting cat track at the time, nobody happened to be below at that moment.
post #35 of 59
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Originally Posted by disski
Actually I have a couple of ski instructors that are very keen for me to start my skiing day with a shot of schnapps..... they don't want me drunk but they do seem quite keen for me to have a drink or 2 early in the day (& then stop).... they swear i am a MUCH better skier for a drink or 2...
Liquid Courage?
post #36 of 59
46% of people at ski resorts don't really like to ski. The only possible explanation...

What worries me most is the people who ski, then drink, then drive home. Fortunately I'm long gone before they get to their cars.
post #37 of 59
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Originally Posted by SkiMangoJazz
Liquid Courage?
more like liquid valium I think....

I am a stress monger extraordaire when skiing.... i have been known to TOTALLY change my skiing & get heading down a tree run fast because i heard the sound of snowboard scraping ice sideways from above & did NOT want to be there to see them.... I prefer to ski steeper or icy or trees or ANYTHING than a green/blue run full of people! just get me outa there!...

took my instructor months to get me to stop looking UPHILL...

one drink or two not too large ones & I relax & SKI....

I remember telling one new instructor that the others think I do better after a drink & he sort of rolled his eyes.... then we stopped for a Kafi Lutz (coffee weak black with schnapps & sugar).... after that he decided I should breakfast on a Lutz about 1/2 hour before all lessons! My skiing would seem to be THAT much better for that first drink... i am still a chicken - still will not jump... so i think it is the relax not the courage part...
I am known to do the same trick in reverse with new instructors - ski like a robot - all stiff because I am scared.... if they get me relaxed I improve pretty fast...
post #38 of 59
But you keep skiing - so I give you a million kudos!

Maybe I should try just one drink and ski. Never did it, although when I was younger I did ski after smoking the evil weed, and it never hurt my skiing, possibly it had the same effect. I, like you, can overthink what I'm doing, which can definitely create tension.
post #39 of 59
Like surfing - I'm scared to bits - but I love the buzz of doing it too much to ever stop.....

I wanna ski & surf when I am truely & ruley old.... wrinkles on my wrinkles type of old!

yes - I over think to excess.... but if not tense I can actually focus on a "thought" and go all non-thinking pretty fast.... instructors are great for getting the "thought" into the brain!
post #40 of 59
Bottles and cans, clap your hands!
post #41 of 59
Don't get to high on the bottle, just a few sips every now and then. Don't let a cowboy make the coffee, Don't tell a joke that ain't that funny more than once.
"Get Right With The Man"

Van Zandt
post #42 of 59
Skiing liquered up is an accident waiting to happen. Throwing up from a chair is just nasty! If you feel that bad why even go?
post #43 of 59
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Originally Posted by huckingfellers
Skiing liquered up is an accident waiting to happen.
Yup, drunk skiing is not big or clever. Does that mean that people are not allowed a beer at lunch when on vacation? (or a glass of gluhwein to warm you up on a cold day)
post #44 of 59
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Originally Posted by huckingfellers
Skiing liquered up is an accident waiting to happen. Throwing up from a chair is just nasty! If you feel that bad why even go?
well lets see... I could be just fine & then someone feeds me some peanuts or MSG I don't know about & then I would heave from the chair about 15-20mins later....
post #45 of 59
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Originally Posted by disski
well lets see... I could be just fine & then someone feeds me some peanuts or MSG I don't know about & then I would heave from the chair about 15-20mins later....
That is acceptable . Better than getting wasted and pukeing from to much alcohol in your system
post #46 of 59
I try to never waste good alcohol in such a manner!
post #47 of 59
"...And some 13% did not even bother to take out insurance."

13% ? Few in the USA buy travel or any type of insurance for skiing. They must not be talking about the USA and maybe are referring to Great Britain. Of course the Brits are heavy beer drinkers. Most skiers I've met out West from the East tend to drink more. I would guess out here in California instead of 47% drinking before skiing, maybe the 3% or so that are real alchoholics and hate being sober. However there are many that go for a beer during lunch. And some others that will take a break later afternoon in order to relax the by then aching muscels. More serious skiers don't tend to drink alchohol, when doing more serious skiing because as a depressant it just numbs the nervous system. And with skiing, subtly feeling the snow and one's inner body can make all the difference in good performance. Of course many good skiers could cruise down groomed slopes drunk and still look good.
post #48 of 59
The real drug of choice for me is the rush of skiingFor sure.

A month or 2 back a ski friend and I took a lunch break with a few stiff drinks. A full tank and a clear day I put the throttle down had lift off and passed the L.Z. Splattered against the backside of a ridge. Could of broke my frig'n neck. Got up and felt like I just walked out of the Chiropractors office. Too much balls and not enough brains. No more excessive drinking for dumbass while skiing.
post #49 of 59
The only skiing injury I've ever sustained was stitches from skiing after some beers with chasers about 30 years ago. Fortunately, I realized I could have just as easily been dead. So, no drinking for me when I ski.
post #50 of 59

Seems stupid.

Never have I touched booze while skiing. However, apres ski, I drown in it. Also when it comes to insurance, it isn't necessary. Even when I have been injured, I've stayed out of the hospital. I do have Mass Health Basic so that once back in Boston I can get checked out. It's really a question of attitude. If you are concerned about insurance, you aren't the aggressive outdoors type. The old in-and-out as it was termed in Clockwork Orange. Right now my calf and ankle are healing well without the aid of Doctors, nurses or Hospitals. Drinking plenty of wine has helped. Last night I polished off 1.5 liters of a Calli. White Zinfandel. This has been my mainstay. I only regret that now that there's little pain, I have no excuse to drink anymore. At least if I get back on skiis, I'll have another good reason to imbibe. Drinking after a heavy aerobic activity doesn't give one the hangover, etc. that it does when all you do is sit around.
post #51 of 59
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Originally Posted by marc gledhill
Booze at 8.30 am? No thanks.

Couple of beers at lunch, oh yes!
Certainly no booze @8:30 - if I am skiing.

However, I have often made the effort to get up and be in the pub by 7 am when I am going to work - particularly if I have a tiresome presentation to attend in the morning. Nothing better than a few pints of Guinness and a full English breakfast to set you up for the day There is often a great atmosphere down the boozer as well.

Lunchtime I do not really drink when I ski.

Worst thing is when you are mob-handed and you finish skiing at a place that is not quite at the bottom of the slope. For instance, in Zermatt one generous individual passed around shots of toffee vodka lined up on a ski. I am not really a vodka drinker, but it would have been rude to refuse, so I had a couple of these. When I then set off, on a virtually flat slope, I lost my balance and toppled over. It was a struggle to get up and I had to explain to the nice German couple who stopped that I was OK, but I had just been on the bevvy.

I remember the same thing in Kitzbuhel. The booze was not a problem but it was dark when we emerged and my night vision is not great. St Anton is even worse when people stop at the Mooserwirt or Krazy Kangeroo,or walk up to it from town and slide down after a session sitting on a bin liner.
post #52 of 59
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Originally Posted by Latchigo
Certainly no booze @8:30 - if I am skiing.
Me too (well, maybe a bucks fizz or something). The main problem is that bars in Val d'Isere tend to kick you out by 6am, so you're in bed well before 8.30...
post #53 of 59
Regarding Insurance:

I think the article is refering to a special ski policy that covers ski patrol assistance in case of an accident on the slopes. My understanding is that unlike the USA most Euro resorts will charge you for the ski patrol providing first aid and taking you off of the hill. This charge can be covered by a low cost insurance bought when you buy your ski pass.

Maybe somebody living in Europe could verify this.
post #54 of 59
that is what they told me when I bought my lift tickets in the chamonix valley
post #55 of 59
Very few people in Europe would travel without insurance, but when in France you can buy a "Carte Neige" which will cover your costs to get you off the mountain and to a hospital, by whatever means, so if you need airlifted, that's all covered. Carte Neige doesn't cover hospital costs, it just gets you there. From then on, you'll either need your own insurance, or just pay yourself.

So, I have an annual travel insurance policy, which costs about $150, and allows for vacations of up to 31 days at a time, and covers flights, baggage, medical, personal liability and legal expenses worldwide.
post #56 of 59

Skiing and Boozing

Welll, I dont find that statistic to be to far from the truth. Im a bartender at my local ski resort(seasonally) and I have to say.....We are always filled up with peeps getting "poo-pooed" in between runs. Cant say that I am not guilty on occasion myself either. Take it from Bode


Ski on
post #57 of 59
drinking while skiing is just nuts (IMHO), just like drinking and boating, drinking around horses, drinking and "dealing with those trees around the house". Of course, my drinking days are over but i can say I never got plastered/buzzed on the slope. And when I hit the summit hut at big foggy and watch people knocking back what looks like industrial size tankers of grizz whiz, I am always tempted to ask what run they are planning to take down so I can avoid it. Ditto for the boarders (sorry, it always seems to be boarders, and a few tele folk) blowing a bowl on the lift.

People are (generally) unaware of how their alcohol tolerance changes, figure they've drunk 4 beers every evening for 30 years and know exactly how it will affect them, but age, pms, fatigue, food whatever will all impact how it gets absorbed....my line of work so of course I should be hoping that folks drink up, which offers me lots of job security! Just don't do it on my slope or my road home!
actually had to learn to relax and ski without the aid of better living through chemistry
post #58 of 59

Europe and Insurance

If I went back to the Alps to ski, I would prabably find some kind of insurance. However, lacking it didn't stop me from skiing there twenty years ago. When I sprained my ankle, I left the ski area on my own power and didn't feel the need for hospitalization. Who want to go to Europe and spend a lot of time in a hospital? Whatever, I can still ski and do any number of activities today. The ankle healed. I sprained it again this winter, but not nearly as seriously. It has healed again. The recently injury was painful, but thanks to a few gallons of wine, I suffered through it.
post #59 of 59
I've skied drunk ONCE in 38 years of skiing and that was back in college. Almost went into the woods about 4X while bombing semi-out of control down Madonna at Smuggs. Didn't enjoy it, could have killed myself or someone else and wouldn't think of doing it again...that's what apres is for. Now the stuff with the pungent aroma is a totally diff story....
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