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Has anyone ever been reunited on a lift?

post #1 of 20
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I had the pleasure, and utter suprise, of being reunited with an old friend at Snowbird last year. This, after not seeing or hearing from the friend for more than 25 years.

Have you ever seen and spoken to an old friend while skiing?

Cheers,

Michael
post #2 of 20
Yes. In 99, I got on to the Creekside Gondola at whistler and another guy jumped in who was wearing eaxctly the same ski-coat. After we made the obvious remarks about what good taste we shared, I realized he was also Scottish. Turned out he was a buddy I had shared a skihouse with and skied with for several years back home who now lives in Whistler. Last time I had seen him was 20 years before!
post #3 of 20
Unfortunently, not all reunions are positive. I ran into an ex girlfriend in Stratton three or four years ago on President's Day weekend. We both saw eachother but no one said anything until about half way up the lift. All of the sudden she blurts out " I hate you", needless to say the innocent bystanders probably thought she was crazy and I had no idea what to say. We simply got off the lift in silence. I then thought maybe it would be a good idea to start wearing a face warmer.
post #4 of 20
I might play a game of "Jewish Geography", I can usually find a mutual friend.
post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
I might play a game of "Jewish Geography", I can usually find a mutual friend.
Try it now, with me.
post #6 of 20
My wife and I got on a lift at Snowmass last year and were greeted by a guy who said, "I'll bet you're from Traverse City." (I think Traverse City, MI, is the only Traverse City in the country.) Turns out he helped my wife teach kids skiing in the mid-1970s, but that wasn't what prompted the remark. He thought he knew my whiskered visage from all the years I continued to teach at the same ski area long after my wife "retired" because a job change allowed her only weekends to ski and she didn't want to spend all her ski time teaching. He was a kid then, so I wouldn't have known him. My wife recalled their mutual activity more quickly than he.
post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by Spanish Armada
Unfortunently, not all reunions are positive. I ran into an ex girlfriend in Stratton three or four years ago on President's Day weekend. We both saw eachother but no one said anything until about half way up the lift. All of the sudden she blurts out " I hate you", needless to say the innocent bystanders probably thought she was crazy and I had no idea what to say. We simply got off the lift in silence. I then thought maybe it would be a good idea to start wearing a face warmer.


"Reunited cause it feels so good " Sung to the 70's hit song.
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by Spanish Armada
All of the sudden she blurts out " I hate you", needless to say the innocent bystanders probably thought she was crazy and I had no idea what to say. We simply got off the lift in silence.
At least she didn't push you off the chair mid-ride.
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by Spanish Armada
Unfortunently, not all reunions are positive. I ran into an ex girlfriend in Stratton three or four years ago on President's Day weekend. We both saw eachother but no one said anything until about half way up the lift. All of the sudden she blurts out " I hate you", needless to say the innocent bystanders probably thought she was crazy and I had no idea what to say. We simply got off the lift in silence. I then thought maybe it would be a good idea to start wearing a face warmer.
What a tender story!

Chance meetings on the chair have happend to me plenty of times.

The best one was with an old girl friend who I always thought wanted to get back together (after about 20 years). Unlike SA's encounter, my former dearest started right in. I thought she was going to hit me and I could remember what that used to be like. She calmed down by the time we got to the top and we took a few runs together. We met originally on the mountain. I tried to ignite the old flame but I guess the timing wasn't quite right.

At least she can still ski.
post #10 of 20

Phil is always right!

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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
I might play a game of "Jewish Geography", I can usually find a mutual friend.
2 seasons ago I was riding up the Vista Bahn chair at Vail with a couple that were conversing in Hebrew. I just sat their for a while, but couldn't resist for long, and asked (in Hebrew) where they were from. Both broke out laughing, and said their son told them that no matter where they went in the States they would certainly run into someone they knew, but they didn't expect it on a chairlift in Colorado. It turned out that she was a colleague of my cousin who taught at Hebrew Univ. in Jerusalem!
post #11 of 20
http://www.parkrecord.com/county/ci_3802763

Playing Jewish Geography will get easier in the Park City area.
post #12 of 20
Meet a girl that I took my Level 1 with at Seven Springs Pa Jan of 04.,3 Days ago at snowbird. It funny how we both ended up in Utah.
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by Spanish Armada
Unfortunently, not all reunions are positive. I ran into an ex girlfriend in Stratton three or four years ago on President's Day weekend. We both saw eachother but no one said anything until about half way up the lift. All of the sudden she blurts out " I hate you", needless to say the innocent bystanders probably thought she was crazy and I had no idea what to say. We simply got off the lift in silence. I then thought maybe it would be a good idea to start wearing a face warmer.
What the heck did you do to ellicit such a reaction?
post #14 of 20
At Stowe, I was reunited with the instructor who taught me to ski. His name is Reggie, prob in his 60's. After I got off, I gave him a big hug, and we went on our ways, he works on the Mtn, so im sure I will see him again.
post #15 of 20
A few years ago at Mammoth, my wife and I noticed our dental hygenist (sp?) in the distance preparing to head out to the slopes. This was a particularly nasty weather day and she was really bundling up. I suggested we wait until she was completely hidden behind her hat, goggles, and face mask before bumping into her "by accident". This we did and we made a big deal about how good it was to see her (when we couldn't possibly have known who she was). You really had to be there to have seen the look on her face but it was priceless.
post #16 of 20
3 years ago on our first trip to Vail we were riding up the Gondola and I noticed that the lady across from me kept glancing my way right from the start. About half way up she ask me if I used to play football for the Univ. of Md. I confirmed that I did, and she informed me that I used to date her older sister in college.

We chatted a bit and I was amazed by this chance meeting, but more amazed when she informed me they were on a family trip and that her sister was on the Gondola car in front of us. It was pretty neat to see all of them after about 20 years.
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
I might play a game of "Jewish Geography", I can usually find a mutual friend.
I got on a chair at Mary Jane with a nice looking girl. She lived in Colorado, but her family lived in New Hampshire (me too). She had gone to an obscur college in Ohio (Lake Erie College, I went to their kindergarden). We had lived in Painesville Ohio, a bit outside of town in a house with a quarter mile driveway back to a lake. (She dated the guy we rented the house to when we went to Europe)

Got her phone number and a date for spring skiing at A-Basin, all in one lift ride!
post #18 of 20
I rode the Stratton gondola and had someone recognize my voice. It turns out we worked with each other 20 years before. It was strange as it was mid week and I rarely ski at Stratton. It was fun catching up especially since he stayed at the company and could relay what ha[ppened to other co-workers.
post #19 of 20
Were the 20 years "kind" to her Coach?
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by roundturns
Were the 20 years "kind" to her Coach?
They were, but they were REALLY kind to her sister.
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