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A Proper Introduction

post #1 of 28
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Not sure if this is protocol, but since I basically just jumped in here the other week and have been lurking about, thought I would do the sensible, gentlemanly thing and roughly introduce myself.

So here goes:

I'm a California native
Learned to ski in the early '70s between my dad's knees at Sugarbowl (he was a weekend/volunteer Patroller there).
Have skied on and off since then, but two seasons ago I really ramped up my dedication/fetish/obsession. It was all spurred on by my old equipment crapping out (San Marco boots that split in two in the parking lot after a full day and no shops willing to rent me boots to fit in my 747 bindings). I "bought" a pair of Salomon boots from a friend for a six-pack and began demoing. The 2004/2005 season saw me skiing I would say in excess of 20 days, with trips to Sun Valley and Colorado. The rest of the time was split between North and South Lake Tahoe.
Last season I began demoing again and eventually bit the bullet and bought new boots and 5 pairs of skis.
The season saw me ramp up to 39 days, this time with a day in Scotland (astroturf in Oct. 05), a week in Utah (first time and it ruled), closing weekend in JH (I rode the very last ski tram!), and a week in Colo, plus two days during the July 4th weekend in Mammoth (first time there, too).
This season I hope to surpass the 39 day mark and already have plans to return to Utah, probably hit JH (and Grand T, this time) again, another week in Colo. and finally allow my buddies to take me on a few mild 1-day BC excursions (we talked about Dana Coulouir this summer, but our schedules didn't work out) and maybe even bite the bullet and head to S. America.

As I stated above, I mostly call the SF Bay Area home, in terms of skiing (which means Tahoe). My group of friends that ski and board can be flighty (most cloced 5-10 days tops last season), so I tend to ride the mountains solo or with my dad (who is in his 70s, but he sticks to the Blues, so we usually just share the car ride and opening runs together and meet in the lodge for post beers). I'm always open to running into folks and tagging along, so if anybody else skis Tahoe (mostly Alpine, Sugarbowl, Heavenly, and Kirkwood, with at least 1 or 2 trips to Squaw and Northstar tossed in there somewhere), I'm always down for chatting on the lift and being drug into some Black terrain that I might otherwise overlook.

Oh yeah, I have a half-assed blog that I started because of work, but since I work in for a videogame website, nobody bothered to read my blathering about skiing. I will probably update it soon, but here it is in its infancy:
http://blogs.ign.com/dookey

Here's to interacting on the forums and perhaps bumping into some of you on the slopes. November 17th is slated opening day for Heavenly (I bought their $300 pass just so I could get the free days in Colo).
post #2 of 28
dookey67, welcome to EpicSki. Nice to have you here and great posts...
post #3 of 28
Thread Starter 
thanks for the welcome.
post #4 of 28
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bought new boots and 5 pairs of skis...
welcome to epicski.

Phil, I think you might have a little competition here.
post #5 of 28
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Originally Posted by icanseeformiles(andmiles) View Post
welcome to epicski.

Phil, I think you might have a little competition here.
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Originally Posted by Dookey67
So I'm not much of a gear slut (i'd have to purchase 5+ pairs of skis a year for the next 4 years to match Phil).
One season of buying does not a career make.
post #6 of 28
Since you did such a fine proper Introduction. Heres a proper Epicski welcome.
post #7 of 28
Welcome, I visited here 6 years ago and have had a great time, made alot of friends, learned much and still enjoy it.
post #8 of 28
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not shooting for a career...though i may have to start lurking on eBay and try and score a vintage pair of Hexcels
post #9 of 28
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not shooting for a career...though i may have to start lurking on eBay and try and score a vintage pair of Hexcels
there were just some Hanson Splittails on Ebay. Hanson bought Hexel out and put their names on the ski.
post #10 of 28
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not shooting for a career...though i may have to start lurking on eBay and try and score a vintage pair of Hexcels
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
there were just some Hanson Splittails on Ebay. Hanson bought Hexel out and put their names on the ski.
Just in case you didn't know it, Phil is the "walking encyclopedia of ski"

If he doesn't know it, he knows someone who does know it!
This answer to your post is a teensy weensy bit of the stuff he has crammed in his head.:
Amazes me all the time.
post #11 of 28
Bienvenido! Warning: THIS SITE IS ADDICTIVE.

And, you must go to Mammoth sometime, a veritable MUST-DO.
post #12 of 28
Welcome to Epic Ski. It gets even better once the snow starts falling.


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...And, you must go to Mammoth sometime, a veritable MUST-DO.
I'll second that. For years I would head from Reno to one of the Tahoe resorts. Finally, one spring I drove past South Tahoe headed down toward Mammoth. There, I found out what I'd been missing out on for so long.
post #13 of 28
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GPaul:

I actually hit Mammoth for the first time over the 4th of July weekend. Granted it was all smoothie-style and sun cups, but I had a blast for the two days I rode. The only letdown is that I flew solo as I couldn't convince any of my circle of friends to ski in the middle of the summer/give up their party weekend in S.F.

I def want to hit Mammoth during the regular part of the season though, since I only got to ski about 1/10 of the mountain (it was a good 1/10, but still...)
post #14 of 28
i think WTFH may have some competition for post count too
post #15 of 28
Thread Starter 
^ ???
post #16 of 28
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i think WTFH may have some competition for post count too
Blame this right-fielder on snow delirium tremens...
post #17 of 28
sorry, With The Fox Hat is a guy on the forum with a monster post count
you are already on your way to giving him some stiff competiton

cheers
post #18 of 28
definitely getting up there in ppd.

Winter's the only thing that keeps me from having a high rate. Just don't have as much time to post then.
post #19 of 28
Another welcome for you dookey
post #20 of 28
Thread Starter 
i tend to come on strong and then fade off.

at least that's what happened when my job required me to post on our message boards at least 30-minutes a day. i posted like a madman for the first month and then tapered off to the point of never posting. most of it was due to the combative nature of the kids that lurk on my work's message board system (I work for IGN.com, a videogame editorial website).

i have to say, though, these boards are much cooler than my work message boards (try dealing with 18-29 year old videogame freaks and you'll see what i mean...they flame, harsh, and bag on EVERYBODY!)

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With The Fox Hat
:

WEAR the fox hat


Oh, and welcome, Dookey!
post #22 of 28
DOOKEY 67, Welcome. The wife and I ski the Tahoe area as well,(living in Santa Rosa with a trailer in Pollock Pines). Have passes at SAT but plan on some Sugar Bowl and the others as well. Hope to run into you (not literally) During the snow. Many happy returns and see you on Halloween in costume. Remember 04!!!!

Mark
post #23 of 28
Thread Starter 
i rock a coque hat (O.G. triangle Rossi hat with the vintage le coque sportif logo), though i'm considering a helmet for this season.

why do i get the feeling that "Wear The Fox Hat" is an acronym for something? and why does it make me think of that Peter Sellars' flick After The Fox?
post #24 of 28
WearTFH

my bad
post #25 of 28
madman, s'ok!
post #26 of 28
Welcome again. You make me jealous buying five pairs in a year.
post #27 of 28
Welcome 67, why am I thinking you look like Neil Patrick something or other.
post #28 of 28
Thread Starter 
hmmm. Neil Patrick aka Doogie Howser, MD?

dunno.

Dookey / Doogie, perhaps?

I've been told I look like a younger Elton John, but that's when I've packed on an extra 15 pounds (the clear wayfarer glasses don't help much for that look, either).

I've also been told I look like Eric Clapton. But that might have been the lady who was fitting me for a suit in New Orleans trying to insure the sale.

When I was younger I somewhat resembled Ritchie Cunningham before he went bald.
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