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Meeting Bears.....

post #1 of 29
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I've met three bears this season,
BillA (With whom I vaguely worked 7 seasons ago- great guy, fine, smooth skier ), NJSkibabe, (I don't know which of the two of us babbled more!!!! ) and Marta (she later thought i was a liftie...wish i had been...coulda used the spare cashish!...nice lady, regardless )
I hope to meet more of all y'all before the fat, warm lady sings.
I'm already in springtime mode, spent this AM out observing basking Spotted Turtles and breeding Wood Frogs and Spring Peepers, and I'm trading a guy an old speedo for a belt for my Motorcycle, which has sat idle for a couple months (I usually ride it year-round, but alas, my belt broke)
I hope I get to meet a few more of y'all. lemme know-
Vlad
post #2 of 29
This season, I have had (almost) as many days with Bears as without. I have meet some great people from this site, friends I plan on having for a long long time.
post #3 of 29
Let's Go Colorado II...
post #4 of 29
Still haven't met anyone on here (that I know of). Hopefully as the season wraps up here in Steamboat (I think we're closing 4/9 even though we still have about 100 inches base at the top), I'll be making runs into the I-70 areas and get to meet up with a few people.
post #5 of 29
vlad, consider next year's Epic Gathering in N. Tahoe.
post #6 of 29
I would like to meet up with some bears also. Does anyone here ski Greek Peak? Or somewhere I can get comped? I may be able to float a comp or two at GP butdon't know the system yet and make no promises.
post #7 of 29
Hunter mountain will be open until mid April. Not very far from Mt Peter Vlad, or anyone else.
post #8 of 29
Thread Starter 
man-
i hate 'hunta'.
it's just mountain creek's skiing population with slightly steepr pistes to get them really moving for even more spectacular of yard sales.
for me, 'hunta' is an hour and a half away. i'd rather drive the extra hour and hit bromley or (gulp) stratton, any day of the week.
for as much as i despise stratton's m. knight shyamalan mcvillage, the hill is far superior, and there are fewer NYC area "joeys", and vermont is altogether cleaner than NY. i'm always shocked by the state line near hoosick.
reminds me of crossing checkpoint charlie in berlin in the 80s.
one side is clean and beautiful, the other, blue tarps and trailers.
post #9 of 29
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Originally Posted by vlad
and Marta (she later thought i was a liftie...)
No - silly, I was kidding!
post #10 of 29
Thread Starter 
wish you weren't. i coulda used the hours
post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by Manus
Still haven't met anyone on here (that I know of). Hopefully as the season wraps up here in Steamboat (I think we're closing 4/9 even though we still have about 100 inches base at the top), I'll be making runs into the I-70 areas and get to meet up with a few people.
Manus......what ssh said up above
post #12 of 29
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Originally Posted by vlad
man-
..... and vermont is altogether cleaner than NY. i'm always shocked by the state line near hoosick.

one side is clean and beautiful, the other, blue tarps and trailers.
which is VT? :
post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by vlad
man-
i hate 'hunta'.
it's just mountain creek's skiing population with slightly steepr pistes to get them really moving for even more spectacular of yard sales.
for me, 'hunta' is an hour and a half away. i'd rather drive the extra hour and hit bromley or (gulp) stratton, any day of the week.
for as much as i despise stratton's m. knight shyamalan mcvillage, the hill is far superior, and there are fewer NYC area "joeys", and vermont is altogether cleaner than NY. i'm always shocked by the state line near hoosick.
reminds me of crossing checkpoint charlie in berlin in the 80s.
one side is clean and beautiful, the other, blue tarps and trailers.
That would describe it on a weekend. Weekdays are another story. Late March, early April are even better. And the runs are much steeper. Bromley is good though but too far for a weekend trip for me.
post #14 of 29
I've often wondered the same thing as Uncle Louie about the visual trainsition between Noo Yawk and Vermont.

My take has been that VT keeps the place spruced since that's what the tourisimo want to see.

NY knows that it is just a passage to VT from the Thruway ... so go slow on two lanes and .... they may buy some gas at best ... kinda' a screw em' attitude and no tourist incentive behind it to change.

I also feel that some of those NY towns may be little more than welfare collection stops ... there has been a change.
post #15 of 29
Give Hunter another chance. I think its (deservedly?) bad reputation from 10-15+ years ago is not so appropriate today.
post #16 of 29
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I give you my word, ski-3po, that I will give it another shake. sounds like sound advice.
something about Vermont, though, always feels like a vacation, and NY skiing never does. That's why i've rarely ever skied whiteface- burington and stowe were always a quick cruise on the port kent ferry.
post #17 of 29
I do agree that Vermont feels way more like a ski vacation than anywhere in NY, but when you gulped and included Stratton in preferable places - that's when you went too far! But seriously, if I want to spend a day somewhere, when it's not a major holiday or weekend after a snowstorm that hit metro-NYC, Hunter is a good option... Of course you're a couple hours closer to better skiing options than am I, so that's a factor too.
post #18 of 29
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Originally Posted by SKI-3PO
I do agree that Vermont feels way more like a ski vacation than anywhere in NY, but when you gulped and included Stratton in preferable places - that's when you went too far! But seriously, if I want to spend a day somewhere, when it's not a major holiday or weekend after a snowstorm that hit metro-NYC, Hunter is a good option... Of course you're a couple hours closer to better skiing options than am I, so that's a factor too.
i'm aware and ashamed of of my strattonian faux-pas.
i used to enjoy the sunbowl back in the halcyon days before
the scary intrawaste m. knight shyamalan mcvillage.
post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by SKI-3PO
Give Hunter another chance. I think its (deservedly?) bad reputation from 10-15+ years ago is not so appropriate today.
It's simple. Avoid the place on weekends. I go Mondays when it's just me, the wife and about 50 other people, maybe 75. It really outclasses all the other places. I wouldn't go there if it didn't since I have a house 1 mile up the road from Belleayre, which has good moguls but is too easy otherwise. Maybe we should have a small gathering there. The crowds on the weekend now should be thinning out a lot. So whaddaya say Vlad, and others?
post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by Yuki
I've often wondered the same thing as Uncle Louie about the visual trainsition between Noo Yawk and Vermont.
Well, by Geesus, dat twern't me ! (For those of you who never lived in VT.....I just said that wasn't me (that made the comparrison)

Yuki....I think you meant vlad.

I have to agree with the general impression though...I used to make that trip across Rt. 9 to the only stoplight in the middle of the state on that road in Wilmington. Not only to you cross from "trailer land" to scenic VT but Bennington College is right in between with all the rich snooty chicks. But that's another story !
post #21 of 29
Hey Uncle Louie, did you know that Bennington College is 'shirts optional'? Yes, women, too.
post #22 of 29
Oooooooops ... Uncle Vlad it was.

Hey that used "utility vee-hicle" lot always stops me dead in my tracks. I just marvel at the selection of hundreds of "seen better days" bucket trucks. Perfect for the "man who has everything", (other than penicillin), great for cleaning out the gutters of leaves, cat recovery or trimming pesky limbs.
post #23 of 29
Vladiolus, we're skiing Stratton on Saturday with free passes. Come up an join us...if you can stomach it. You'll meet 2 Bears and one Semi-Bear (lurker).
post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by Bonni
Hey Uncle Louie, did you know that Bennington College is 'shirts optional'? Yes, women, too.
Uh humm....I can neither confirm....nor deny......

I do remember there were a lot of studs there.....and not many were horses or on tires.

Then of course there is Marlboro. (I'm really gonna hear about this one) That is pretty much a clothes optional spot too....but there is just something about sandals over white socks and a topless chick with hairy armpits.....

Somebody tell me if I hyjack.....

Then there is the Ledges on lake Whitingham....(listed on the register of nude beaches)

Yepper.....VT is more seenick fer sure !
post #25 of 29
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Originally Posted by Uncle Louie
Well, by Geesus, dat twern't me ! (For those of you who never lived in VT.....I just said that wasn't me (that made the comparrison)

Yuki....I think you meant vlad.

I have to agree with the general impression though...I used to make that trip across Rt. 9 to the only stoplight in the middle of the state on that road in Wilmington. Not only to you cross from "trailer land" to scenic VT but Bennington College is right in between with all the rich snooty chicks. But that's another story !
Funny, I was just there. A friend of ours bought a house up there, but still works on long Island. He is going to have to make the trip almost every weekend he has off to be with his family. The difference between uuuuuupstate NY and Vermont is pretty big. Even the Lake Placid area is looking pretty run down. Whats up with that?
post #26 of 29
Our neighbors live on Long Island. They bought this huge house as a 'summer place'.........they come up and treat it like an ATV resort and race in the yard, have fires, and in general, make a neighborhood nuisance.

They thought about painting the outside (it looks awful), but.....and I quote.....

"We don't want to put any money into it. We can't afford to keep up 2 homes."

So it looks like shit. Nice neighbors, huh? Perhaps this attitude trickles upstate?
post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by Bonni
Our neighbors live on Long Island. They bought this huge house as a 'summer place'.........they come up and treat it like an ATV resort and race in the yard, have fires, and in general, make a neighborhood nuisance.

They thought about painting the outside (it looks awful), but.....and I quote.....

"We don't want to put any money into it. We can't afford to keep up 2 homes."

So it looks like shit. Nice neighbors, huh? Perhaps this attitude trickles upstate?
try living here in The OC, where they all keep their full-time mcmansions
and roll over the countryside on their quads
post #28 of 29
No, thanks. I've seen enough of that McYork Tude.

What I'd like to know is: WHERE is the FUN of riding an ATV in circles in your yard? And to spend that kind of money......buying a house and heating it, paying taxes on it, etc......to ride your stupid machine in your YARD...and not explore Vermont, or hike, or fish, or ski........just ride in circles. What crap.
post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by Bonni
No, thanks. I've seen enough of that McYork Tude.

What I'd like to know is: WHERE is the FUN of riding an ATV in circles in your yard? And to spend that kind of money......buying a house and heating it, paying taxes on it, etc......to ride your stupid machine in your YARD...and not explore Vermont, or hike, or fish, or ski........just ride in circles. What crap.
take a dog that's been in a tiny cage all of it's life, release it in your own backyard, devoid of fences, and watch as it soils it's hamhocks and proceeds to do circles for about a year.

That about sums up the mcmansion-dwellers of NY's OC.
frankly, I prefer they do that, rather than tear up the woods and meadows on those things.
What's the deal with these offspring anyway? dirt-bikes too dangerous for little Bobby?
When I was 10,any kid who might have shown up on a quad, were they yet invented, woulda been ridiculed and likely been handed his ass.
modern-parents seem to be excellent fairy-factories......
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