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Animals on the slopes

post #1 of 47
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We were at Sugarloaf on Friday and I noticed some bear tracks near the edge of one of the trails. It was a little depressing because that means winter is almost over and the warm weather probably brought him out. But it reminded how, with the exception of a couple of chipmunks, I have never seen an animal on or near the slopes. Have you?
post #2 of 47
See heaps of tracks under the chairs every day, and if you look, you realise they are all heading for the chair and then going up and down underneath it. So let those granola bar crumbs fall, folks, the animals come out and enjoy them!

I saw a little white squirrel with a black bit on its tail the other day, only it turned out it was an Ermine. We don't have these things in Oz so it was exciting.
And around christmas, I found a very small mole on our bunny hill. I ushered him up to where he must have come from, under the liftie hut, and never saw him again. Amazing little animal (we don't have those, either).
And there was a dead deer by the side of Mountain Road last week.
post #3 of 47
I see squirrels and mice routinely and occasionally deer and fox on resort slopes here in Michigan's Northwest Lower Peninsula.
post #4 of 47
There are LOTS of animals on the hill. They mostly have both of their two feet attached to a single board.
post #5 of 47
Ant saw a squirrel. [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]

I've seen many variations of animals congregating on the hill by the top of the lift. I've seen:

Grungus Maximus
Bumpus Radicus
Homo Hotdogus
Longboardathal
Powderlopithicus
Snow-Magnon
Slopeus Erectus
Homo Alpinus
and Bigairus Extremus

and one chipmunk. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #6 of 47
That was pretty good Bonni! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #7 of 47
I have that t-shirt too, in fact I got it from Big White on my first trip! I love the graphics with it, whoever did it really got their ski eras right.
I like the way the grungus maximus (the snowboarder) is heading back against the tide of evolution.
post #8 of 47
I got mine at Heavenly years ago. I love that shirt! We should wear them Saturday night!
post #9 of 47
I actually have mine here, so that'll work!
post #10 of 47
Remind me...in all the hubub, I KNOW I'll forget! [img]tongue.gif[/img]
post #11 of 47
Don't have the shirt but I have seen some critters.
Used to see Moose on the hill usually just after closing.
Red fox which aren't supposed to be here but that was at night in a snow cat.
Grizzlies but that was summer on the runs. (you weren't that specific)
Pine Martens.
Porcupine that put it's front paws up my leg like a dog begging for food while I stood in a lift line.
Ptarmigans in the snow that were so camaflouged I didn't see them until they finally moved because I almost stepped on them.
Big Horn Sheep
Lynx once after closing and once crossing right after I had skied by.
Watched an owl attack a squirrel right after the squirrel tried to burrow under a buddy that was laying on the snow.
Owls that used to nail mice running out from under my cat tracks during early season grooming.
I may remember more at some point.
post #12 of 47
Saw a catamount (bobcat) jump out of the woods near Sugarbush one evening. Pretty cool.

Craig
post #13 of 47
Quote:
Originally posted by ant:
I saw a little white squirrel with a black bit on its tail the other day, only it turned out it was an Ermine.
Did you see him on the LSD? I almost ran him over on the unloading ramp a few weeks ago.
post #14 of 47
Quote:
Originally posted by Bonni:
Ant saw a squirrel. [img]graemlins/evilgrin.gif[/img]

I've seen many variations of animals congregating on the hill by the top of the lift. I've seen:

Grungus Maximus
Bumpus Radicus
Homo Hotdogus
Longboardathal
Powderlopithicus
Snow-Magnon
Slopeus Erectus
Homo Alpinus
and Bigairus Extremus

and one chipmunk. [img]smile.gif[/img]
and then there are learning snowboarders... Mega Soreass
post #15 of 47
Last season Sugarbush had a bear unceremoniously awoken by getting skied over as she was sleeping in the woods off Exterm... after a day of wandering around in a daze, she burrowed back in for the duration of the season -- but the woods stayed closed to prevent further wake ups

Attitash has a wild turkey (not the bottled kind!) wandering around its base area begging french fries off unsuspecting kids!
post #16 of 47
At Killington in December 2002 I was on the Snowdon Chair above "Chute" trail when the chair stopped for about 20 minutes, with me about 100 yards from the unloading platform. It was pretty cold, so once they finally got the chair started again, so I decided to high-tail it back down to the base lodge and warm up.

About half-way down, I decided to catch a little air off of one of the cat-tracks. Thank God I didn't get very high, because once I went air-borne, I noticed a moose just pawing in the snow looking for food. I landed it and skied around behind Mr. Moose. I don't think the moose ever saw me, or if he did, he didn't seem to care.

I was surprised to see a moose up on the side of a mountain -- I alawys thought they stayed in the valleys and looked for food by the riversides. I guess if everything is frozen over, they'll go wandering for food.
post #17 of 47
Watching the Nagano Olympics on TV the camera panned the side of the race slope to offer a shot of the SNOW MONKEYS that dwell there. Was that for real, or some kind of Network hoax? When I tell people I saw snow monkeys at a ski race they look at me like I'm nuts. :
post #18 of 47
Dunno 'bout no snow monkeys. But a friend who guides elk hunters in the Bob Marshall Wilderness used to rib greenhorns about the elusive "Pine Monkeys" that follow the elk herds and eat their droppings.

He's cruel.

On topic- Saw a moose bedded right off the run @ Jackson (no, he wasn't mangy).

And saw a fox cross the trail while night skiing @ Greek Peak.
post #19 of 47
on two occasions at Bristol Mt (NY) I came very close to running into deer-
post #20 of 47
Seen a few squirrels , but not enough [img]tongue.gif[/img]

Saw a bear in summer searching for food under the lift.
post #21 of 47
Two things:

1. That is not a hoax, there are snow monkeys in Japan.

2. I saw several varieties of fox at Steamboat two weeks ago (all during the day).
post #22 of 47
In NZ we saw parrot type birds - I think they are called Kea's - really loud!
post #23 of 47
Deer, Elk, Bison, fox, squirrel, Bobcat/Lynx, Grosbeak, Crow, Raven, California Scrub Jay, Steller’s Jay, Rabbit, "Camp Robber" both Canada Jay and Rocky Mountain Jay, Moose, Prong Horn Antelope, and many small songbirds like Wren, Sparrow, etc.

If you count fly-over I could include lots of different Ducks and Geese.

Does this include sand skiing and other “oddities”? If so, the list gets much longer and includes Blue Whales and Jelly Fish, Shellfish, etc.

And what about off-season on the slopes? Since I occasionally ski on my street does that mean I can claim all the animals I see during the year in my area? If so add Pheasant, Coyote, Raccoon, Opossum, and a whole new crop of birds.

Skiing in Jackson Hole/Yellowstone and sand skiing on the Oregon Coast bagged most of the more interesting ones.

To see animals you need to be up at night or early morning.

Mark
post #24 of 47
Quote:
Originally posted by skier219:
Saw a catamount (bobcat) jump out of the woods near Sugarbush one evening.
Actually, a catamount is a mountain lion; some believe it to be making a comeback in the Eastern wilderness areas.

Ex "Catamount" from the University of Vermont (UVM)
post #25 of 47
I called for a sled to bring an injured kid down and when we unfolded the sled tarp, 2 mice jumped out and commenced running in circles on the slope. I have seen cute little mousey tracks going up the slope under the lift end in a crater with owl wing prints. The most fun is watching a pair of ravens dance and play above our topshack as we gather for the end-of-day sweep.
post #26 of 47
Anybody got a good Sasquash story?
post #27 of 47
A few years ago I almost hit a black fox at Alpental late into the season while night boarding (it sure freaked me out).
I ran into a Cougar at Chinook Pass while hiking (it was about 100 yards away), but fortunate for me it had no interest..I turned and headed down and it kept walking the OTHER direction.

No Sasquash, but I've seen many Jackalope on the slopes!
post #28 of 47
I got into a fight with a Yeti once. Jerk tried to cut in line on a pow day.
post #29 of 47
bloody snowboarders!
post #30 of 47
Quote:
Originally posted by epic:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by ant:
I saw a little white squirrel with a black bit on its tail the other day, only it turned out it was an Ermine.
Did you see him on the LSD? I almost ran him over on the unloading ramp a few weeks ago. </font>[/quote]No, these ones are up on Toll Road. There's one I've seen a few times just next to that stone hut, and a few students have seen them further down from there. They thought they were white squirrels too!
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