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post #31 of 53
Hey, wow sorry about the last one, trek. Too late to put a smiley on it now...

Scootertig, another idea is get a Ski Advantage card and you can buy lift tickets for 60% off regular cost. The Ski Advantage card is a lot less money than the pass but still makes it affordable to go often. Some people like the Night Card but the night skiing is so icy. I don't like it that much.

I think the season pass becomes a better deal than the advantage card after roughly 12 visits, depending on whether you get the 4 or 8 hours or weekend vs. weekday, night. Every six visits with the advantage card gets you a free one, the math gets tricky but either way it adds up to fun.
post #32 of 53
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
Hey, wow sorry about the last one, trek. Too late to put a smiley on it now....
You know I have enough smiles for both of us!

It probably wouldn't be a good idea to wear a golf skirt when I learn to tele either would it?
post #33 of 53
Recalling the Norway Olympics openinng ceremonies, it seems to be traditional for ladies in Telemark to ski in a dress of some kind but not exactly golf skirt. Yeah maybe better to learn in pants, it's possible that your bottom might be in the snow at some point. But with your skills and the new gear, you probably won't fall too much.
post #34 of 53
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Originally Posted by NYCSKIPED View Post
When you get off a flight from Utah and hope your cab gets you the NYCSKI.COM Bus pick up spot so you can get to Hunter Mtn by 8:30 for another day on the snow...Ice...Slush...OK, a mixture of ice slush and straw.
Hmm, bone of contention, I love skiing enough to skip days when the slopes are a frozen mess of death cookies and crap. Ala, Blue Mountain PA.
post #35 of 53
Think of being a skier as being a boy scout. You are a boy scout because you are a member of a troop. As you progress, you earn merit badges and ranks. Both an eagle scout and a noob are scouts, just with different amounts of experience and knowledge.

So, we are in the ski scouts. To be a member, you must ski at least once per year for 2 years in a row. If you miss one year, you're out until you fulfull the requirement again. There are exceptions to this rule like a major injury, or being stuck in a Mexican prison after too much fun on a Cancun vacation.

There are countless snowflake badges (someone else can probably think of a better term for this) you can earn in the ski scouts. Here are just a few:

Own my own Gear
Tune my own Gear
Gear Ho
Own Ski Porn
Skied 5-15 Times per Year
Skied 16-25 Times per Year
Skied 26+ Times per Year
5-10 Foot Cliff Huck Club
11-20 Foot Cliff Huck Club
21+ Foot Cliff Huck Club
Black Diamond
Double Black Diamond
Off-Piste
Tree Skiing
Out Of Bounds
Hike for Turns
EpicSki Forum Member
TGR Forum Member
Got a Ride from Ski Patrol
Ticket removed by Ski Patrol
Ski Patroller
First Chair
post #36 of 53
If you're asking, you probably are.

When I clicked in the first time, I knew I was a skier. Always had been a skier in fact, just hadn't gotten around to it. As time went on I became a better and more frequent skier, who owned more and more gear and traveled to more and more mountains, but I knew that would happen by the bottom of my first run on rental skis.
post #37 of 53
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Originally Posted by Warp daddy View Post
when you walk around the house with your boots and helmet on, typing Epic responses in Novemeber while wishing like hell you were sliding not typing
November? How about July and August while watching old Warren MIller movies!
post #38 of 53
starting to watch porn in November is a tell-tale sign you aren't trying hard enough!
post #39 of 53
Skier = spending more time on your skis than your butt.

Deduct 10 points for being a scooterist. A scooterist scoots, usually on their backside.My dogs scoot when they have worms.
post #40 of 53
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Originally Posted by eblackwelder View Post

Own my own Gear
Tune my own Gear
Gear Ho
Own Ski Porn
Skied 5-15 Times per Year
Skied 16-25 Times per Year
Skied 26+ Times per Year
5-10 Foot Cliff Huck Club
11-20 Foot Cliff Huck Club
21+ Foot Cliff Huck Club
Black Diamond
Double Black Diamond
Off-Piste
Tree Skiing
Out Of Bounds
Hike for Turns
EpicSki Forum Member
TGR Forum Member
Got a Ride from Ski Patrol
Ticket removed by Ski Patrol
Ski Patroller
First Chair
Nov 14, 2007

More badges:

Last chair of the season
Last skier, last day of the season

Scootertig: It's all in your mind. It's a mind set:.

Think snow,

CP
post #41 of 53
Driving around Mississippi with an Atomic sticker in the back window of your Cherokee because you actually own a very well worn pair. Being a skier is one thing...being a skier in Mississippi takes dedication. It does not snow here much but rarely do I put a coat on for the first time without finding a crumpeled up lift tickict from last winter in a pocket. I can tell you every airline that has direct flights from Memphis to Denver or name any city or significant town between here and Summit Co and I call tell you how many hours it takes to drive there. Do I make the cut??
post #42 of 53
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Originally Posted by NYCSKIPED View Post
When you get off a flight from Utah and hope your cab gets you the NYCSKI.COM Bus pick up spot so you can get to Hunter Mtn by 8:30 for another day on the snow...Ice...Slush...OK, a mixture of ice slush and straw.
: Noice!
post #43 of 53
When I was just a kid: everything around me was terrain. I straight-lined the school staircase, swung wide to catch a late apex going around a corner in the hall, planned a line down every hill I saw from the car window, and tucked every patch of ice I could slide over.
post #44 of 53
I became a skier about 5 seconds into my first ``run'' on skis, when I knew this was something I'd be doing for as long as I could. There are no rules, and pace my friends on this board, no gear or experience or ability requirements. I have friends who get out maybe once a year, on rental equipment, and they're as worthy of the title as the most hardcore skiers you can find -- because those limited opportunities are precious to them with a value that's beyond any cash price.
Who's a skier? The one who clicks out of the bindings after the last run of the day and says, ``Damn, I can't wait to come back and do this again.''
post #45 of 53
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Originally Posted by mississippiskier View Post
Driving around Mississippi with an Atomic sticker in the back window of your Cherokee because you actually own a very well worn pair. Being a skier is one thing...being a skier in Mississippi takes dedication. It does not snow here much but rarely do I put a coat on for the first time without finding a crumpeled up lift tickict from last winter in a pocket. I can tell you every airline that has direct flights from Memphis to Denver or name any city or significant town between here and Summit Co and I call tell you how many hours it takes to drive there. Do I make the cut??
I would say you make the cut. In my mind being a skier has nothing to do with where you live, your actual ability or how often you ski...it's more about having a true love and passion for the sport and the desire for getting in turns as often as you possibly can.
How many other vehicles in Mississippi do you see with ski stickers?? Can't be many..
post #46 of 53
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Originally Posted by Treewell View Post
I would say you make the cut. In my mind being a skier has nothing to do with where you live, your actual ability or how often you ski...it's more about having a true love and passion for the sport and the desire for getting in turns as often as you possibly can.
How many other vehicles in Mississippi do you see with ski stickers?? Can't be many..
Cool..you know the strange thing is I'm not alone here. Small town with enough skiers that head straight for the bowls to constitute "a group". 4 that I know of that are really into heli skiing. Funny thing at the local high school homecoming several of the girls in the court listed skiing as a hobby. How do you tell a skiier from Mississippi?? He is the one in camo.
post #47 of 53
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
If you're your mom and/or dad is a skier, you might see yourself as a skier before you have skied.
This was our son.

For me, remember the Taxi episode when there was a flashback to when Rev. Jim smoked pot for the first time? That was me the first day I put on ski boots.
post #48 of 53
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
This was our son.

For me, remember the Taxi episode when there was a flashback to when Rev. Jim smoked pot for the first time? That was me the first day I put on ski boots.
I bet you can still remember the model of the ski boots, skis and bindings.
post #49 of 53
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I bet you can still remember the model of the ski boots, skis and bindings.

I'm sure he still has them.........
post #50 of 53
It's not the gear, the money spent, or the number of days on the hill. It's all about the mindset
post #51 of 53

It's not an award that's bestowed upon you...

This echoes, faintly or otherwise, what others have posted. For me, it was when summer became a fun break with the family between early winter skiing and late spring stunts. When my travels to the home office (Columbus, OH) were greeted mid-winter with, "I hate the snow" and I cringed internally thinking "dump it, baby".


It's also fairly obvious when others introduce your love of the outdoors and chime that it includes shedding the office life of automatons for a freedom found on skis and with others of like mind.

I've come to believe that it's a mindset. You're either with it or you're not. Incidentally (and plausibly), not everyone's alike in this regard. Some jettison professional lives to chase the lifestyle. Others enjoy it peripherally to their professional lives.

I'm actually between the two. I was offered the opportunity of a national position and permitted to live anywhere provided it was close to a major airport. Corporate thought I would relocate to the home office. Another stupid decision on their end, but great for me. My ski days jumped from 10 to 40 in the ski season following the move. Not bad, eh? Now, I'm resisting the pressure to move back and am courting offers from other organizations to keep me here.

Again, it comes down to preference. You either believe you are or you don't. It's not an award that's bestowed upon you.
post #52 of 53
I'd say that if you avoid or fail to meet some reasonably significant responsibility or commitment in order to ski, then you're on your way.
post #53 of 53
Dominique Peret said something that rang true for me about your skis being a conduit for the energy flowing from the mountain. I think that you are a "skier" when you feel that energy. Some people get it the first run, for others it takes years, and some never do. Once you feel it you just want to stay plugged in, and then you are a skier.
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