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post #31 of 48
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Originally posted by KOB:
... He ... tried to stop uphill from the examiner and proceeded topple the examiner and all of the other instructors like dominos...
This sort of incident is much more common than one might think, especially in groups of students (ie, the ski instructors) not especially know for being modest.

Almost the same thing happened in a clinic I took earlier this year. One of the two racers in this group of instructors decided to show off and disobey the rule clearly laid down by the clinician to stop downhill of everyone else. This young guy came flying straight towards the uppermost person, the clinician, and attempted to pull a hard hockey stop. The snow wouldn't support all the G's he was pulling and he went over on the uphill side of his skis. Everyone attempted to get out of his way, but much to our amazement, a second later, he was back on his feet continuing his hockey stop, still decelerating as if nothing had happened.

He attempted to inject some humor by saying, "I planned it like that", but the clinician wasn't amused.

Tom / PM
post #32 of 48
Following a car down Rt. 100, mid winter..hmm..something looks strange?? Their Thule rack was mounted parallel to their side rails - skis across the car instead of facing back to front - good thing about short skis!
post #33 of 48
I have 9 and 10 year old ripper snowboarder sons. While tree-skiing with my sons up by the Canadian border, we suddenly found ourselves being accosted by two ski patrol snowboarders. We stopped skiing when we heard them yelling at us from further up the hill. In due time they boarded up next to us and admonished us not to ski in the trees because it was "dangerous, and there's a cliff down there too." We promised never to ski in the trees again, whereupon the two patrollers took off down the hill and simultaneously biffed while going around a small cliff. I sent my two young rippers down between the fallen patrollers over the small cliff, which they both hucked perfectly. Later on in the chalet the two patrollers told my sons that they would have made a clean run but for the fact that they hit some hidden rocks . .
post #34 of 48
Riding up chair 23 at Mammoth last Sat, beautiful day in the upper 50's, about halfway up a tall skinny blonde was skiing down right underneath the chair stark naked. She was hot, plus she was a great skier too!
Ahh spring skiing in Cali.
post #35 of 48
Jan. 30th Whistler, base of peak chair. My wife and I had just gotten off the gondola and were cruising down to the T-bar. 30" of fresh pow had fallen the day before and the top of Whistler had not been open. We suddenly hear loud rucous coming from the line for the Peak Chair. Look to see what all the commotion is about and our eyes wander up the mountain to two skiers perched precariously on a cliff face with a 20'+ drop to a second cliff with another 30'+ drop. Skier #1 proceeds to ski off the first cliff, sticks the landing then goes off the second cliff into a iron cross back flip. Explodes on impact but skies out un-harmed. Skier #2 proceeds to perform the same trick except he pulls off a front flip on the second cliff and does a total yard sale. Everyone on the peak chair goes nuts and uses their poles to applaud the feat. I only see that kind of skiing in an MSP or Teton Gravity ski flick. It was unreal.
post #36 of 48
I saw something that will be hard to top. At the Gathering I saw SCSA fall not once but twice, both times ejecting from both bindings.
post #37 of 48
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Originally posted by Toadman:
Jan. 30th Whistler, base of peak chair. My wife and I had just gotten off the gondola and were cruising down to the T-bar. 30" of fresh pow had fallen the day before and the top of Whistler had not been open. We suddenly hear loud rucous coming from the line for the Peak Chair. Look to see what all the commotion is about and our eyes wander up the mountain to two skiers perched precariously on a cliff face with a 20'+ drop to a second cliff with another 30'+ drop. Skier #1 proceeds to ski off the first cliff, sticks the landing then goes off the second cliff into a iron cross back flip. Explodes on impact but skies out un-harmed. Skier #2 proceeds to perform the same trick except he pulls off a front flip on the second cliff and does a total yard sale. Everyone on the peak chair goes nuts and uses their poles to applaud the feat. I only see that kind of skiing in an MSP or Teton Gravity ski flick. It was unreal.
I was in the chair lift line watching similar in late Dec. The crowd went off, these guys were some of the best I have ever seen.

This is the morning it happened looking up towards Whistler peak; The cliffs they dropped are called Air Jordan and they are just to the right of this pic. Was an awesome day!

post #38 of 48
My favorite moment this year was when a snowboarder wearing super baggy pants sat to adjust his bindings. He had caught his pants cuff in his board in such a way that his pants pulled down when he stood up.
post #39 of 48
No big thing,but the other day while skiing at a small local resort I saw a young gal come into the lift line backwards on her twin tips. : OK.
post #40 of 48
post #41 of 48
Clearly this is the same woman that Coach13 described earlier in this thread:

"Probably the oddest thing I've seen so far happened last year on a green run at my local resort. When I first approach the lift, I noticed a woman in probably her late 50's standing expressionless, staring straight up the run. She had on khaki pants, a knee length wool coat, with her purse in her hand. "

She's obviously progressed from Whitetail to more gnarly terrain, but still has the same expression and purse.

Tom / PM
post #42 of 48
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Originally posted by PhysicsMan:
She's obviously progressed from Whitetail to more gnarly terrain, but still has the same expression and purse.

Tom / PM
heh, It's a good thing she didn't choose Limelight for her first run. BTW, if the safety net hadn't been there, she would have caught similar air as in the picture above.
post #43 of 48
Quote:
Originally posted by Coach13:
heh, It's a good thing she didn't choose Limelight for her first run. BTW, if the safety net hadn't been there, she would have caught similar air as in the picture above.
Speaking about Limelight, in Feb, I saw a boarder come streaking down it, cross the mixing bowl at about Mach 7, and get a hundred feet or so up Velvet before he lost momentium and turned around. I was waiting for him when he came back down and gave him some very pointed, unambiguous safety advice. The only saving grace was that fortunately this incident took place at night and the mixing bowl wasn't croweded at the time.

BTW, I can almost see the original incident as a geeky ski patrol prank if when they skied up to her to disentangle her and her purse from the netting, the 60 y.o. over-earnestly spewed, "Doooods, I'm seriously bummed about this %@#*ing netting. I've been thinking about hucking this for years and landing in your parking lot!" (...and then they recognize her as one of their own...)



Tom / PM
post #44 of 48

This one deserves a bump, eh?

post #45 of 48
Saw a guy straight lining a mogul run at lake Louise ptarmigan chair, ended up losing it and cart wheeling into some trees. Probably missed a big tree by 6".
post #46 of 48

Last ski season at ski liberty while riding up the front lift, I see this teenager do a perfect backflip off a jump in the park and nail the landing perfectly.  I never saw anyone else do a trick as hard as that one.

 

Funniest thing I ever saw was many years go, though it certainly isn't as funny as some of the things posted here.  Was riding up a lift with a ski Patroller from Massanutten and this little kid who must of been 5 years old or younger comes barrelling straight down the hill in a tuck position.  The ski patroller yells down to the kid, "Hey little dude, take some turns".  The kid turns his head to see who is yelling at him and does a complete yardsale near the end of the run.

post #47 of 48

A couple months ago I was hiking around the resort for exercise.

 

I saw where they put the moguls in the summer! yahoo.gif

post #48 of 48

More what did I just do?

 

Myself, just got off the Rainier express at crystal, in the valley I see 3 eagles mid-air fighting over....something dead and furry I presume.  Yank hard on my sling-pro pack to spin it around and get out the camera, forgetting that the stabilizer strap is still buckled.  Knock myself way off balance and tilt over to one side and wave one foot/ski around about waist high for what seemed like forever.  Couldn't get my balance back but kept fighting.  Eventually righted the ship.  Boy about 8ish standing there with a shit eating grin - "Would have been easier if you just fell over"


Edited by Alveolus - 12/1/11 at 5:57am
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