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The Magnificent Picket Fence

post #1 of 15
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Anyone driving I-90 through Sprague, Washington (pop. about 200) should stop and see the wonderful fence at 3rd and D street. Lots of good ski trivial and nostalgia there. The Purple Sage is a good place to stay if you want to admire it for a few days.



post #2 of 15
What's truely amazing is that you can still see many of those skis on a slope near you. I see them all the time in the lift line, but we must ski different slopes, because once I'm at the top, I never see them again.
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
What's truely amazing is that you can still see many of those skis on a slope near you. I see them all the time in the lift line, but we must ski different slopes, because once I'm at the top, I never see them again.

They span some time. Right above my nose you see a Kneissl Red Star. I bought a pair for $125 in 1969, which represented 100 hours of work at my summer grunt job. They were my first fiberglass ski, and I didn't have to tighten the screws in the edges before each race.

Some of the skis are older than those. A lot of them have engraved names on them. (that was a weird fad)
post #4 of 15
There are a couple of ski fences along the highway to Mt. Baker. One of them, at the Mt. Baker Ski Shop in Glacier, is still accepting donations. Just drop them behind the big log.
post #5 of 15
Off Main St. Leadville, Colorado....
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post #6 of 15
The Kneissl's above your tail are the same model as my first pair of skis that were not wood (not wood core, all wood!) hand-me-downs.

Nice fence!
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by bjohansson View Post
The Kneissl's above your tail are the same model as my first pair of skis that were not wood (not wood core, all wood!) hand-me-downs.

Nice fence!
Nice fence! My first 'modern skis' were also second-hand Kniessel Blue Stars (slightly earlier version).
post #8 of 15
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post #9 of 15
Actually a couple of Authiers (pronounced O-T-A) is the first pic...good skis, the Stockli of that era.
post #10 of 15
I don't see any Graves. You know the ones that weighted about 300 lbs.
post #11 of 15

What a Fence

Hey Newfydog, I see Josh looking for my old 70's era Nishizawas! Thanks for posting the pic of Josh. I told my wife about him and now she can see how big he really is. Pete
post #12 of 15

A new place to exit

Sprague is defined by looking down from I-90 at Sprague lake and perpetually blowing winds. Thanks for putting a whole new perspective on this berg. Will have to pull off next summer on the trip to Priest (Idaho) and show the family and the other two families going, they'll be WTF why are we getting off here!
.., This is important stuff we're going to see....
post #13 of 15

I posted a picture of some skis recently, and after doing so I looked at it in a new way and realized, "hey, old skis arranged like that could make for an interesting fence". Here's the top of the pic that gave birth to that thought...

 

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A quick search led me to this thread, and examples abound on the net of fences made of old skis.

 

I found this one particularly interesting, as most of the skis still have their bindings!

 

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Click on the fence to read the story/see video

post #14 of 15

I've been through Leadville once and Spraque countless times.  I never got to see either fence.

post #15 of 15

Newfs and ski fences I'm down w/ thatkes1032.jpgsf001.jpgSadly we sold that crib back in Nov. Sold it to a maggot so I still have visitaton rights and as much as I miss it the indoor mancave is betterkes015.jpg

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