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I looked like an idiot (but I had fun)!

post #1 of 19
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I went skiing at Mt. Bachelor the other day.

The entire morning getting to the ski area was a comedy of errors too numerous to mention. The capper was that we were almost to the slopes (two hours late) and I realized that in my panic over being so far behind schedule I had left my shell in the hotel room in Bend, now 20 miles away.

After saying things vaguely like "fooey" a number of times I decided to wear an old insulated olive drab overcoat that I had dumped in the back of the van earlier. I had to pin it together with safety pins because it doesn't have all of its buttons.

The wind was howling and it was quite cold, but I was able to ski looking like Sam Spade with some comfort, though my Marmot shell would have been lots better. The only problem was that the plugs for my helmet vents were in my shell pocket back in town and my head began to go numb. I then took a napkin from the lodge and stuffed wadded up pieces into my helmet to keep the wind off my bald pate. It worked like a charm but looked pretty silly.

After that the day was fantastic! (Except for the soup; covered in another thread.)

My lesson was: Decide which is more important: skiing or looking good. Then go skiing.

I'll bet others have similar stories.
post #2 of 19
I like your moxy.
post #3 of 19
HA-HA I saw you Gaper. I was the joey with the rubber rain pants and a Carhart jacket. Glad to hear you had a good time. Snow was good. Give us a shout next time your going up.
post #4 of 19
Pictures please.

Someone must at least have had a cell phone with a crummy camera...
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by spindrift
Pictures please.

Someone must at least have had a cell phone with a crummy camera...
I was the only one with a camera in my party and I didn't even think of having someone take a picture. Damn! I would like to have one.
post #6 of 19
We'll forgive you this time...

BTW, maybe you started a trend. I saw several genuine trenchcoats at Stevens yesterday and today. Kinda strange...
post #7 of 19
Good for you. That is what it is about.

Only problem with this story is the words "duct tape" weren't used.

It's like starting out a fairy tail without "Once upon a " ...... but then there's always next week?
post #8 of 19
Since we're sorta on the topic of ski apparel blunders I'll share this embarassing one. Back in high school our church went for the day to Beech Mtn, NC. It was the beginning of March and the weather was gorgeous, by the end of the day we're wearing t-shirts, however forgetting that when it's sunny it's a good idea to use sunscreen. When we all finally look in mirrors our faces are bright red with a few "racoon eyes" from sunglasses. My mistake was in wearing an adjustable ball cap backwards, such that not only was my face cherry red but there was a pale white stripe across my forehead! Needless to say I was one of the more popular kids at school the next day...and not because I'd dated a cheerleader...definitely got made fun of for that! Took over two weeks to go away once the peeling stopped. The moral of the story? Don't go to school for two weeks but ski instead to even out the tan.
post #9 of 19
I have had too many of these days of late. I have been forgeting theings left and right. I have bought 3 pair of socks this year because I forgot my ski sock. I had to buy my wife poles becasue I forget hers. I did forget my jacket once too and had to wear my father in laws 15 y/old K2 shell. Getting old sucks.
post #10 of 19
another moment of forgetfulness. some friends and i were in squaw valley and had a four day lift ticket and after getting our passes on a string so we wouldn't have to wear the same jacket all week we were instructed not to lose it or we'd be s.o.l. so not two hours into our first day my friend is reaching around his neck looking for his lift ticket realizing it's not there. he'd shed some clothes at another lift a ways away and probably forgot he'd taken it off. having figured he just pissed away $200 and the rest of the week of skiing the lady at the ticket office said she could replace the pass as long as another employee could confirm he had it. the only person to have had checked it was at the bottom of the funnitel, where hundreds of people pass every hour, and indeed they did remember (he was a pretty talkative guy with a noticeable southern accent)! so disaster averted. fortunately the ticket was replaced without charge...but for a few hours it was pretty tense between us all.
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
I have had too many of these days of late. I have been forgeting theings left and right. I have bought 3 pair of socks this year because I forgot my ski sock. I had to buy my wife poles becasue I forget hers. I did forget my jacket once too and had to wear my father in laws 15 y/old K2 shell. Getting old sucks.
Honey, I forgot I already HAD skis!!!! Honest!!!!
post #12 of 19

duh! ...

I always kinda' felt I was ahead of the game by keeping a bag of spare stuff in the car or truck. An old mountain shell, fleece, a few pair of old gloves, goggles and sunglasses, lock and even an old helmet.

That way if one of us was having a "blonde" moment, we weren't gonna' be hostage to "mountain prices".

Then there was the night my daughter was having a "teen tantrum" and I got so distracted I arrived at the hill ... without my boots.
post #13 of 19
Hey Pos: Whata KIK ass attitude -man i luv it when when someone just wants to ski and to hell with making fashion statements !

Kudos for having the "stones" to just have fun Hey who knows you may be starting a trend --Who was that gaper ????
post #14 of 19
I was on a business trip once to NM about 15 yrs ago. Thinking it was mild time in March and heck, was only going to ski for a day and a half before working rest of week I didn't bother to pack much in the way of ski clothing or gear. I wore a leather bomber type jacket and non-water proof pants right off the airplane and got away with it first afternoon at Ski Santa Fe (under beautiful sunny conditions with deep recent snowpack), but froze my butt off next day at Taos in fairly heavy snow squalls all day. Was one soggy, altitude sick puppy by the end of that day.
post #15 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Posaune
I went skiing at Mt. Bachelor the other day.

The entire morning getting to the ski area was a comedy of errors too numerous to mention. The capper was that we were almost to the slopes (two hours late) and I realized that in my panic over being so far behind schedule I had left my shell in the hotel room in Bend, now 20 miles away.

After saying things vaguely like "fooey" a number of times I decided to wear an old insulated olive drab overcoat that I had dumped in the back of the van earlier. I had to pin it together with safety pins because it doesn't have all of its buttons.

The wind was howling and it was quite cold, but I was able to ski looking like Sam Spade with some comfort, though my Marmot shell would have been lots better. The only problem was that the plugs for my helmet vents were in my shell pocket back in town and my head began to go numb. I then took a napkin from the lodge and stuffed wadded up pieces into my helmet to keep the wind off my bald pate. It worked like a charm but looked pretty silly.

My lesson was: Decide which is more important: skiing or looking good. Then go skiing.

I'll bet others have similar stories.
LMAO just thinking about it! Good for you in making do with what you had. I woulda had to buy another jacket, as I don't have anything in the car to use. I DID forget my jacket last year when meeting my daughter to ski, had to drive 20 miles back to get it and 20 miles to our original meeting point, where a traffic jam had started up and held us up even longer. It was another two hours to the slopes. Needless to say, we only got in a half day of afternoon skiing. My lesson: half a day is better than no day.
post #16 of 19
Ski poles! If we forget anything, it seems to be the poles.Fortunately the people in rental are good enough to let us borrow.
A few times, the ski pants but usually you can make a few runs without them before you freeze your tushy off! (I could stand to lose a little of it any way):
post #17 of 19
Sad to say, but I have come to the point where I have made a "ski checklist for dummies" that I consult before each trip. Too many blunders, and when the hill is 2.5 hours away, they can be real frustrating. I forgot my poles in January, and had to go buy a cheap pair. Except since it was on the mountain, the cheap ones were a whopping $45, about $15 more than I have seen them online. The worst part was that I saw 5-6 pairs of unused poles later in the day that I could have borrowed. Saw rental poles next to a trash can in the parking lot. Saw poles thawing through the snow base under a chairlift.

I did forget my ski pants once, but fortunately was wearing a pair of heavy, baggy cargo pants that fit over my ski boots, and it was a warm day. That would have sucked if it was cold/windy, or if I crashed and sat on the snow...
post #18 of 19
That is funny!
post #19 of 19
I once had to do a "lap" around the UP in Michigan to call on business customers (car dealers). Of course there would be a little time for skiing. So got all the ski stuff in the car, drove up from Milwaukee, hit the hotel and crashed. Got up the next day, shower, clothes, OOPS only packed ski clothes, forgot business clothes!

Quick run ensued to nearest open Kmart type store for all the essentials. Shoes, pants, shirt, tie, etc. Quality was very iffy, but they looked at least presentable, as opposed to ski pants and turtle necks. Don't think I ever wore them after that trip, thou!
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