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Stolen (borrowed) skis

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I haven't been active in EpicSki this winter, largely because I started working as an instructor which sucked up all my free time. However, with my home resort closed for the season I suppose I've got time to relate my best story of the year...

I keep a pair of rental short skis specifically for teaching beginner lessons, and (I know) I never lock them up. I walked out onto the snow after a short break on a nearly deserted day in late season, and SHOCK my skis were missing! I looked all up and down the racks, and around on the snow, just to make sure I didn't forget where I left them.

I decided to walk around to the instructors room, just in case I had left them outside there for some reason. As I'm walking, I noticed an older Asian man, in jeans, doing a very inexperienced skate back and forth across our flat area. The skis were rentals, but his boots -- wait! He wasn't wearing boots!

I walked over to see what he was doing, and lo and behold, he had stepped into my skis using only his sneakers. His feet were just small enough that they fit, but large enough that they "crunched" and made enough pressure to hold the skis on. His feet had even engaged the rear bindings, and the skis held on while he skated.

Turns out he had decided to learn to ski, and driven to the resort. Seeing skis leaning against the building, he tried to put them on, and eventually managed to do it. He was well on his way to learning to ski, without even realizing you were supposed to pay for the privledge... And yes, they were my skis on his feet.
post #2 of 18
If you are not pulling our collective leg, that is the funniest thing I've read all day...
post #3 of 18
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Originally Posted by LordHedgie

...I decided to walk around to the instructors room, just in case I had left them outside there for some reason. As I'm walking, I noticed an older Asian man, in jeans, doing a very inexperienced skate back and forth across our flat area. The skis were rentals, but his boots -- wait! He wasn't wearing boots!

I walked over to see what he was doing, and lo and behold, he had stepped into my skis using only his sneakers. His feet were just small enough that they fit, but large enough that they "crunched" and made enough pressure to hold the skis on. His feet had even engaged the rear bindings, and the skis held on while he skated.

Nike's new ski R&D department strikes again.
post #4 of 18
Can you say Gaper. But man I love the inventiveness. Did you hook him for a lesson? Hell, you might want to give him a free lesson just for him giving you such a great story.
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
I swear I'm not pulling any legs, collective or otherwise. I only regret not pulling out my cell phone and taking a picture.

I did offer him a lesson, although I mentioned that he would have to buy a lift ticket and rent some skis first. He said he'd think about it, and I never saw him again.

Several people have told me they would have called security, or at least chewed him out, but I couldn't do that. I was having a hard time keeping a straight face!
post #6 of 18
By any chance, did he look like this guy?



Tom / PM
post #7 of 18
Taichi skiing .... ????? Oh no .... !!!

Sounds like a harmless old guy probably bored waiting for his grand kids.

Course if those were my brandy knew SL sticks that old sucker had better have more than tai chi in his bag ...
post #8 of 18
What makes me laugh is that someone could use sneakers to fill your bindings. With my 13.5-14 shoes Shaq could fill em but not many other people. Dude, you got pixy feet or what?

Did you give him a free lesson to go with the free rentals?

Mark
post #9 of 18

Mr. Magoo

Lets have some respect - he is the most famous alumni of my alma mater.
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by Maddog
What makes me laugh is that someone could use sneakers to fill your bindings. With my 13.5-14 shoes Shaq could fill em but not many other people. Dude, you got pixy feet or what?

Did you give him a free lesson to go with the free rentals?

Mark
Mark, have you ever tried it? I wear an 11.5 shoe and a 10 ski boot. My shoes fit into a lot of people's bindings, just as Hedgie mentioned. We used to do it all the time, when just hanging around at line-up in street shoes (usually on your way out for the day). The hard part is getting the suckers up on edge. I haven't done it in a few years, but would imagine the wider tips and tails these days would make it impossible to get the skis on edge. However, it does give you that noob feeling in spades (can you say "complete lack of control"?)

I give the old guy credit for the attempt. He sounded harmless enough.
post #11 of 18
Imagine how it felt to ski back in the 60's with leather lace up boots. Now, do you understand why the technique was different?
post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by T-Square
Imagine how it felt to ski back in the 60's with leather lace up boots. Now, do you understand why the technique was different?
I do understand why technique was different. Not only was the equipment different, but the conditions were different. They didn't have mid-atlantic bulletproof man-made snow to deal with. they generally skied on snow that had some depth to it, which makes it easier to put the skis on edge.

One of these days, I'm going to find some leather boots and strap myself to the Northlands that I have in my familyroom, just for the (scary) experience. Maybe I'll do it right before the triplets are ready for college, that way the impending doom won't seem nearly as bad.
post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by JohnH
I do understand why technique was different. Not only was the equipment different, but the conditions were different. They didn't have mid-atlantic bulletproof man-made snow to deal with. they generally skied on snow that had some depth to it, which makes it easier to put the skis on edge.

One of these days, I'm going to find some leather boots and strap myself to the Northlands that I have in my familyroom, just for the (scary) experience. Maybe I'll do it right before the triplets are ready for college, that way the impending doom won't seem nearly as bad.
Don't forget to oil the leather boots, and to wear double layers of thick socks (not that I know about things llike this..since I'm only 21 )!!
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by Skicrazed
Don't forget to oil the leather boots, and to wear double layers of thick socks (not that I know about things llike this..since I'm only 21 )!!
You will also need to get knickers and kneesocks.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by T-Square
You will also need to get knickers and kneesocks.
Actually, Bogner, Obermeyer or Roeff stretch pants. Especially with hold down straps that go under the feet. The better models have belled bottoms that go over the boot and racing stripes. Only gapers wore knickers or lederhosen. This is the 60s after all. We've advanced to synthetic fabric. We're just waiting for plastic boots. BTW, its in to pick up girls by speaking with an Austrian accent. Right Ahhnoold? Don't carve....Groove!

T-Square, way to hijack man!
post #16 of 18
Thank you , thank you , thank you . Just being me.

And, boy am I glad to be here and back to my (ab)normal self. I almost wasn't, but that is another long and boring (except to me) story.
post #17 of 18
Yeah, during my early years and my second time skiing a young white boy stole my rental skis. I think the police caught up to him and the case was solved as he, the white boy, stole quite a few rentals. :
post #18 of 18
Funny a$$ stuff.

Made me remember the ole days at the local hill as a kid. Waiting for parents to pick us up, hill was closed.

We used to hike up in our runners. click in to our skis (most of us were able oddly enough) go bombing down, unclick the binding (ahh the ole tyrolia's, I miss the fun) jump up, land on your feet and slide as far as possible. Loser was who travelled the least on their feet. All of us got to give the loser a thigh punch.

Remember the good ole days when you could unlock your buddies tyrolia's sneakily as you stood atop a run before dropping in. Ha ha ha buddy would go head over heels every time.
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