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Ernie Blake's B-Day

post #1 of 10
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Ernie Blake's birthday was last Friday. I went to Taos to ski and enjoy the comemorative festivities.

Ernie was a true ski pioneer, Taos is one of his greatest skiing legacy.

I wish I could have been a part of that era.
post #2 of 10
Congratulations, you're part of this era. Now get back to work.
post #3 of 10
Yes, he was. I suggest you read "Ski Pioneers - Ernie Blake, His Friends, and the Making of Taos Ski Valley" by Rick Richards.

Ernie definitely did it his way and his way was the best when it comes to skiing.
post #4 of 10
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Vinn, isn't there a trail phone you need to fix?

MJB, I have that book. It's a great coffee table book.
post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by Seven
Vinn, isn't there a trail phone you need to fix?


Something tells me Ernie didn't need fancy graphics and a website to convey the message.
post #6 of 10
I didn't know Ernie personally, but he was riding up a chair ahead of me once at Taos and said "gesundheit" when my chairlift companion sneezed. That's as close as I usually get when it comes to brushing shoulders with a legend.

When he died, they scattered his ashes over the top of the mountain and claimed 6 new inches of snow on the next morning's snow report.
post #7 of 10
I remember calling Taos early in the morning (in the mid-80s) for the snow report, and Ernie would answer, identifying himself as the janitor. Then he would proceed to give a completely no-nonsense, unvarnished account of conditions, none of this powder-packed powder every day, all season long!
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Originally Posted by telebob
I remember calling Taos early in the morning (in the mid-80s) for the snow report, and Ernie would answer, identifying himself as the janitor. Then he would proceed to give a completely no-nonsense, unvarnished account of conditions, none of this powder-packed powder every day, all season long!
Yeah, that was great. I remember calling once in December and he actually said, "our conditions our lousy...wait until we get some more snow" or something along those lines.
post #9 of 10
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I was chatting with a TSV SS dude on the chair.

He was reminiscing that in the old days when an employee was leaving early for the day it might have been because Ernie had just fired them. Apparently, that happened a lot. Most employees just showed up the next day like nothing ever happened. It seems that working for TSV back then was more family than company business.
post #10 of 10
Ernie, Alf, Stein, Minnie--those old hard cores gifted America with what we've come to love as skiing--yep, more of that 'Greatest Generationn' guff-Happy Birthday!
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