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1,000th ski day in a row!!!!

post #1 of 22
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In this month's Outside magazine, there's a short piece on Rainer Hertrick, who on July 27 will board a lift at Oregon's Timberline Ski Area for his 1,000th ski day in a row! He's 45, and has been "following winter from Colorado to Oregon to Argentina and Chile since November 1, 2003." His one requirement for a ski day to count is to "put on your skis and ski." He's been to 26 ski areas: 12 in North America and 14 in South America.

Wow.
post #2 of 22
Damn, I'm envious. I wonder if he has a season's pass.
post #3 of 22
I can Beat that. Whether really skiing or skiing in my mind, I've been
at it since I started skiing in 1968. I am just as excited about skiing now as
I was then. ( Congradulations Rainer Hertrick )
post #4 of 22
I wish I had rich parents or the ability to make the big $$$$ by the time I was the big "40".



green with envy ???
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by T-Square
Damn, I'm envious. I wonder if he has a season's pass.
To the world?
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by Yuki
I wish I had rich parents or the ability to make the big $$$$ by the time I was the big "40".



green with envy ???
It does sound like the bragging of a wealthy ,bored member of the skiing community.

Whoop dee doo to you sir
post #7 of 22
I could live with those bragging rights.
post #8 of 22
Yeah you are right. It isn't his fault if he was born rich and if not he deserves it because that is how it works.
It's just because it is summer here and if I could afford it I would be skiing in the southern hemisphere and having the time of my life.

Envious, yes. Jealous,yes, . Bitter and oppressed , no
post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by T-Square
Damn, I'm envious. I wonder if he has a season's pass.
Copper.
post #10 of 22
Not buying it. Surely he missed one day in the past 1000 days, especially when traveling to South America.
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by Jaws
Not buying it. Surely he missed one day in the past 1000 days, especially when traveling to South America.
Nope.

But he's got some friends that help him out so he can do things we can't. A few years ago he was traveling from Hood (I think) back to Copper and was able to stop at Tamarack before they opened for the season to get in a turn or two.
post #12 of 22
I agree with Jaws, it would be hard to ski a day, fly to south america and ski the next day. The best flights to south america would take around 10 hours. Add in the airport time and driving from city to mountains and it might not be possible. I don't know all the details, but I kind of think he missed a few days in there. Other things could happen like a ski area closed due to weather.

But in any event, almost 3 years of solid skiing is neat.
post #13 of 22
Some don't think it's possible. Urban Legend? The rules are simple. Put on skis... ski. On what? How long? Both of those rhetorical questions are irrelevant. I applaud the motive, as a skier... and only as a skier.
post #14 of 22
He never got sick, or had to spend time with others who did not ski.

"Excuse me, but I must leave this funeral to go skiing. Be back in a jif."
post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by samurai
Some don't think it's possible. Urban Legend? The rules are simple. Put on skis... ski. On what? How long? Both of those rhetorical questions are irrelevant. I applaud the motive, as a skier... and only as a skier.
I picture him in full ski gear, in the airport to S America, on the flat esalator things, in a tuck. Other than that, I just don't think its possible.
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by MAGGOT
I picture him in full ski gear, in the airport to S America, on the flat esalator things, in a tuck. Other than that, I just don't think its possible.
Or behind a hockey rink full gear and hucking the loading dock
post #17 of 22
Mostly curious how a 45 year old kept his body intact for 1000 straight days. Unless you guys are on target about "taking a few turns," as in one beginners run per day, then back to bed or the physical therapist. Anyway, beats working for a living...
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by beyond
Mostly curious how a 45 year old kept his body intact for 1000 straight days. Unless you guys are on target about "taking a few turns," as in one beginners run per day, then back to bed or the physical therapist. Anyway, beats working for a living...
Sounds like you think a 45 year old is ready for the rocking chair and the retirement home.Skiing a few runs or even just one short one to keep the streak alive so is not a big tax on your body . Getting there might be.
post #19 of 22
I met Rainer in Mt. Hood a few weeks ago and if you met him you would not think he is a rich dude just traveling the world. He camps out (in a tent) all summer and drives a cat at Timberline. Then he heads to South America after Hood closes, then he is back at Copper for the winter. He always lands a job grooming where ever he is at. When he leaves for Chile every year he gets a ride up in a cat around 1am then heads to the airport, so that is how he keeps the streak going. He is a down to earth very mellow guy. In you are in Gov'y then swing into Charlies and there is a good chance you will meet him.
post #20 of 22
i skied four days in a row.
TWICE.

i wonder if i'd even want to ski 1,000 consecutive days.

it'd be nice to be able to find out.
post #21 of 22
GarryZ - I'm past 45, and not ready for a retirement home until my 3 month old has a B.A. Point was, other stuff intervenes, especially when you travel. You get a cavity. You get the runs. You get the flu. You pull a muscle working your skis out of the car. It's called life. We may ski every day for a week or two if it's our vacation even with a sprain or the flu. I've skied with diagnosed pneumonia. But even if you discount simple logistics, nobody skies every day for three years without some pretty quick, easy days along the way. Especially nobody with the recovery rate of a 45 year old body. Which if you think is as good as it was at 20 means you're still smoking the same stuff you did at 20...http://forums.epicski.com/images/smilies/wink.gif
post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by beyond
GarryZ - I'm past 45, and not ready for a retirement home until my 3 month old has a B.A. Point was, other stuff intervenes, especially when you travel. You get a cavity. You get the runs. You get the flu. You pull a muscle working your skis out of the car. It's called life. We may ski every day for a week or two if it's our vacation even with a sprain or the flu. I've skied with diagnosed pneumonia. But even if you discount simple logistics, nobody skies every day for three years without some pretty quick, easy days along the way. Especially nobody with the recovery rate of a 45 year old body. Which if you think is as good as it was at 20 means you're still smoking the same stuff you did at 20...http://forums.epicski.com/images/smilies/wink.gif
I looked at your bio and got no clues about your age.
You are right.
The recovery period does get longer as you age and life does interfere in your skiing in ways that don't occur to most 20 somethings. . I think for him to have this string he would have some gimmees of short duration just to keep his streak alive.
I agree completely with you .It just seemed to me you were saying to actually ski this much at 45 would not be possible from the perspective of a much younger person.
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