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post #1 of 19
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I saw Warren Miller's latest movie last week and I can not wait to start skiing. In the mean time I started to have a ski fantasy and I need some help from the bears.

Has anyone ever skied in every month of a calendar year? My assumption is unless you are in the industry not too many people have. So assuming money was not an issue but you still have to work (so it might only be a few days at a time), where would you go? How would you do it? I have mostly skied on the East Coast so my knowledge is limited. Two of my destinations would be Alaska and South America.

Thanks for your help.
post #2 of 19
I have an article that tells how you can do. For Winter and Spring they say in the USA and other Northern Hemisphere countries like Canada and France. Then for Summer they said to ski at Mammoth where they sometimes stay open 'till July. For the rest of the Summer they said go down to the Southern Hemisphere and ski in Chile or other good areas down there. Then for Fall, which had the least, they said to ski at early openers in the North and late closers in the South. Can't remember any of the South ones but the North ones were ones like Tenney and Killington.
post #3 of 19
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Originally posted by Mikec13:
I saw Warren Miller's latest movie last week and I can not wait to start skiing. In the mean time I started to have a ski fantasy and I need some help from the bears.

Has anyone ever skied in every month of a calendar year? My assumption is unless you are in the industry not too many people have. So assuming money was not an issue but you still have to work (so it might only be a few days at a time), where would you go? How would you do it? I have mostly skied on the East Coast so my knowledge is limited. Two of my destinations would be Alaska and South America.

Thanks for your help.
Hi, Mike.

First off - while you still can, change your fantasies back over to something productive like Britney Spears in a nun's habit. *Anything* but skiing every month. :

As to the skiing, it depends on your definitions. It's possible to ski every month of the year without leaving the US, especially if you're willing to hike for turns and if you're not too particular about the quality of the turns. You can even ski every month via lift access by just going to Mount Hood Meadows in Oregon (although I've heard the quality got pretty bad this year).

I've skied at least one day a month (minimum 25 turns per outing) for the last 74 months. Endlessseason, who posts here pretty regularly, has gone something like 120 months or more so far. In my own streak, all but one of those months have been in either Utah, Wyoming, Montana, or Colorado. The exception was a September outing to Hood a couple of years ago.

Some of the days involved hiking for hours in a cold, freezing rain to make a few turns on ratty, rock-strewn remnant snowfields in the shade of high peaks. All in all, though, I've had a fabulous time doing it. But here's the bad part; the whole thing started with an innocent desire to ski once a month for a year.

Bob

[ November 11, 2003, 07:03 AM: Message edited by: Bob.Peters ]
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks Bob great response...Regarding Britney et al I said this was "a" fantasy that I thought the Bears might be able to help with - I have a lot of other fantasies but I think they are more appropriate for another forum

That is quite a streak you have...realistically work and family are such that it would be tough for me to do now but there is always hope and that is why you have fantasies...

I wonder if any family/working stiffs have been able to put up a streak like you did?

I am thinking about going to VT this weekend to start my streak at 1...I should make it to April of 04 so then it will be up to six and then watch out....
post #5 of 19
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Thanks Indy...I would like to see the article...I may head to Okemo or Killington on Saturday!
post #6 of 19
Last year I skied (lift served) from December through August and most years I could ski year (lift served) around but I choose not to ski in September and October. Bob had it mostly right but the year round skiing on Mt. Hood is at Timberline, Mt. Hood Meadows closes in late May each year, while Timberline traditionally stays open into October and reopens in November.

Mark
post #7 of 19
I found this website about this guy who also does as skistreak.

www.skistreak.com

Pretty interesting website and impressive effort to ski as many months in a row as possible. Wish I could do that.
There are some fun pictures also if you search around.

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LU
post #8 of 19
In 1994 Arnie Wilson and Lucy Dicker not only managed to ski every month of the year, but every day of the year. A fantastic achievemnt I'd love to duplicate... or better still double!.

Thier unfortunately tragic story (Lucy died in colouir fall shortly after they completed the tour)is documented in Arnie's book Tears in the Snow (Blake publishing Book Number ISBN:1 85782 1548)
post #9 of 19
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Originally posted by Mikec13:
[QB]

I wonder if any family/working stiffs have been able to put up a streak like you did?

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Well, I do work and I am married, so it certainly feels like I'm a working stiff much of the time. No kids, though, and that makes a huge difference.

Anyway, believe it or not it isn't that difficult is you live someplace like Salt Lake City. In a couple of years, I was able to ski Park City in October. Then November through May are a cinch. A not-too-strenuous hike from Brighton or Alta will do June and July and usually even August. September always seems to be the crux. If a big, early snowstorm doesn't materialize, I've had to hike to a permanent snowfield on Mount Timpanogos (above Provo). That's a long hike for crappy turns, but it's snow.

So there you have it. You can ski lift-served for seven or eight months. Then, a morning of hiking/skiing is all you need for June and July. August and September will each take pretty much a full day, but that's still only one day of the month. Not impossible for a working stiff, eh?

Bob
post #10 of 19
mikec13-
Been there, done that!

I spent 10 years with essentially no summer, but there were a few of those years that I did NOT ski every month. But I would guess there were about 7 consecutive years that I DID ski every month, totaling approximately 300 days each of those years.

Good luck if you ever attempt to fulfill your fantasy. It was one of mine too!

Regarding that couple referred to in an earlier post, who skied every day for a year! That takes the cake! I remember reading the article after they had achieved their goal. What an amazing story. But I hadn't heard about the sorrowful tragedy that followed afterwards. A real shame.

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post #11 of 19
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Originally posted by LU WHOO:
I found this website about this guy who also does as skistreak.

www.skistreak.com

Pretty interesting website and impressive effort to ski as many months in a row as possible. Wish I could do that.
There are some fun pictures also if you search around.

[img]smile.gif[/img]
LU
that's endlesseaon's website dumbass
post #12 of 19
Whoa G4--that might be a tad harsh. He just hadn't made the connection.
post #13 of 19
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Originally posted by endlessseason:
Whoa G4--that might be a tad harsh. He just hadn't made the connection.
always the gentleman, I would like to inform theman with the query, Endless is a working stiff with a great family
post #14 of 19
Thread Starter 
endless,

great web site (you may want to lighten up a bit G4)...keep the streak alive...have you heard of anyone else that has a similar streak?...Should we call the good people at Guiness?
post #15 of 19
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Originally posted by Mikec13:
Thanks Indy...I would like to see the article...I may head to Okemo or Killington on Saturday!
Well it came out of a Delta Magizine on a Delta Flight. So if you are flying anywhere soon you might be able to get it.
post #16 of 19
Just thought I'd also add that there's a number of people who ski all year in the pacific northwest and post trip reports on www.turns-all-year.com.

I started my own streak a little over a year ago and got through last summer with some hiking in Sierras, Lassen, and mt. hood. Summer skiing is great fun, but I must say that I'm looking forward to sampling this weekend the fresh snow now that tahoe's seen over the past couple weeks.
post #17 of 19
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Originally posted by Mikec13:
...have you heard of anyone else that has a similar streak?...Should we call the good people at Guiness?
This is without question the longest documented alpine skiing streak. There may be a longer telemark streak, but it is undocumented.
Guinness is very particular about documentation and, for that matter, whether they'll accept a record at all. They do not have a category for a snow skiing streak, and they're not fond of new categories. It's interesting, but if they do decide whether they'll accept this as a new category they will only accept the portions of entries that meet their criteria. So, for example, if someone had a twenty-year streak of doing something, but only had irrefutable proof of three years of that activity, they'll only consider the three years that meet their standard.
They do not accept diaries, certain kinds of witnesses, etc. I've met their requirements of proof that I've actually skied every month of this 11-year streak, but then you run into the issue they have with this kind of record in that it's not entirely quantifiable. For example, what is a run? How long is it? How many turns? Do there have to be any turns? What will skiing be defined as? Snowblading, telemarking, glisading?
I ran into this problem in 1990 when I completed 27 different sports in a one-day time frame, including scuba, sky jumping, snow skiing, motorcycle racing, horseback riding, 18 holes of golf, water skiing, snowmobiling, etc. They couldn't come up with a category and they certainly couldn't quantify (nor qualify) how long each sport should be. Their problem was, what happens when the next person comes in with 30 sports including chess, tiddlywinks, badminton, and ping pong?
So, there are a lot of world records out there that may not ever be a Guinness World Record, but heck, if people only worried about that there would be a lot of missed fun...
post #18 of 19
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Originally posted by endlessseason:
Their problem was, what happens when the next person comes in with 30 sports including chess, tiddlywinks, badminton, and ping pong?
You didn't have enough time to squeeze in those plus a few hands of Bonko?

BobMc
post #19 of 19
Bwahhhahahaahaa!!
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