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post #1 of 27
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story for today...

i'm taking some time after giving my first lesson ever to air my head out via some free skiing. i really like skiing alone - getting my alone time feels good. besides, it's sunday and a-basin is rockin' north america with their wonderful conditions. so - the place is packed. it's a perfect time to slide into the singles lane.

i hop on the lift with two other gents. moments later i notice the head skis with harb ski systems stickers. i ask if there is a pmts clinic happening. guy 1 says "do you know pmts?" i say "yeah", i've been intriqued with pmts since it arose in 96/97. in fact, a friend once introduced me to harold harb." guy 1 says "would you recognize mr. harb if you saw him?" i lean over and look at guy 2 sitting on the other side of the chair just grinning. i said "hello mr. harb". ...and the discussion begins.

i found harold to be very kind and open. i think he's done a lot for the institution of skiing instruction and the ski industry. lots of folks are worthy of such praise. mr barnes is another person who is as kind and genuine as can be. there are so many more. meeting and knowing people like these two guys - harold and bob - is such a neat thing for me.

i met the bergmans this summer - they were the financial means of the birth of keystone. also very genuine and kind people.

please share if you have any stories of icons of skiing

regards,
nick
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post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 
i've seen that guy before, dano ...durrance mebe?
post #4 of 27
He's the first icon I thought of. I'm sure we will have a collection once others chime in. Everyone is probably out skiing now.
post #5 of 27
I'll be impressed if anyone has met Highway Star in real life.
post #6 of 27
I think Mr Harb posts on TGR
post #7 of 27
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I'll be impressed if anyone has met Highway Star in real life.
you cant Highway Star is a character that some guy from vermont plays online.
post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by U.P. Racer View Post
I'll be impressed if anyone has met Highway Star in real life.
I have skied with the man, myth and legend. [/end thread]
post #9 of 27
Many years ago, before the development of Deer Valley, I was skiing at Snowmass and noticed from the lift a guy setting up a set of practice gates. When I happened to slide onto the slope he was using, he was climbing back to the top of the gates. I skied to the bottom of his gates and stood off to the side to watch for a moment. When he reached the bottom of the gates, I saw it was Stein Erikson. I'd met him years before at a Detroit ski show and recognized the hair immediately. We'd spoken briefly then about his time as ski school director at Boyne Mountain from 1954-57. He used to come to Traverse City to give pointers to the kids on the high school ski team. I was not a part of that, but a bunch of my ski buddies were. A very gracious man and definitely one of skiing's ikons.
post #10 of 27
Many years ago, I think it was in 1989, I produced a marketing video for USIA: United Ski Industries of America. Remember "you've Gotta Ski It To Believe It." They had a meeting up at Stratton which they invited me to and they screened the video for the first time for everyone in the room. It went over pretty well, except for a few shots of guys hucking cliffs, maybe 20-30 footers. The objections were what you might expect: makes it look too dangerous, scare families away, etc... Les Otten, Yeah the guy who built ASC. The guy everyone loves to hate... Les spoke up in favor of the keeping the shots in the video.

The thing is, everyone was so focused on family fun, affordability, safety, they had forgotten about the adrenaline rush, the speed, that it's the adventure that draws us into skiing. So thanks Les. Oh, they made me change the shots anyway.
post #11 of 27
Some of the Icons who I was fortunate enough to have teach me:
Cantrell, Campbell, Fuchsberger, Stiegler, Erickson, Wiegle, Bernos.

Have also skied with many of the old school D-team guys: Berg, Smith, Razor (had him for my full), Obi Wan etc.

Some of the Icons I was fortunate enough to ski or work with:
Plake, Hattrup, Benedict, Szocs, Stump, Miller, Both DesLAuriers, Both Egans, Schimdt.

They all has one thing in common. They were great people who were willing to share what they knew without condition or judgement.

I'd still like to ski with Harb, Killy and Bode
post #12 of 27
This thread from GI Jared was interesting to me.
I met "the Dude"
post #13 of 27
I puked at "Sick" Rick Armstrong's house in Jackson Hole in the early 90s. This was after I asked him if he raced downhill after checking out his Blizzard downhill racing skis. Stupid me didn't realize that he was using downhill racing skis for the steeps of Alaska. What an idiot I was.

http://www.thenorthface.com/na/athle...hletes-RA.html
post #14 of 27
Attended classy reception hosted by the Ambassador at the Canadian Embassy in Wash DC in Apr 2006 honoring Hans Gmoser, skier, moutaineer, and founder of the Canadian Mountain Holidays heliski operation. A true icon in Western Canada. After a short, friendly chat with Hans I asked him to sign my invitation to the event. He told some great stories to the group about surviving a remote mountaintop heli crash and then skiing a couple hours back to civilization on messed up equipment retrieved from the wreck, including skis with the tails broken off. He also nearly made a short jump out of a heli one time on a cloud shrouded peak. For some reason the pilot was uncertain and suggested they drop a backpack first to test height. They never heard it hit. Turned out they were 200' off the ground.
Sadly, just a few months after the reception Hans Gmoser passed away in a cycling accident near his beloved home of Canmore/Banff, Alberta.
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post #15 of 27
living in JH for 18 years, I have met many skiing legends that you may have heard of. Most of them where very cool and were'nt looking for attention. One of my favorite old school guys is Bill Briggs the father of extreme skiing. I love that when he needed to get his hip fused, he choose to have it done in a position optimum for skiing.
post #16 of 27
I worked with John Egan a number of years ago on a project.

He is one of the most inspirational skiers I've ever met.
post #17 of 27
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I worked with John Egan a number of years ago on a project.

He is one of the most inspirational skiers I've ever met.

Egan's fun. I've skied with him a couple times at the Bush.

Most inspirational skier I've had the opportunity to ski with was David Babic at the Sugarbush Mogul Logic Camp last spring. Loads of fun, tons of knowledge, unbelievable skier, and just an all-around nice guy.
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post
Many years ago, before the development of Deer Valley, I was skiing at Snowmass and noticed from the lift a guy setting up a set of practice gates. When I happened to slide onto the slope he was using, he was climbing back to the top of the gates. I skied to the bottom of his gates and stood off to the side to watch for a moment. When he reached the bottom of the gates, I saw it was Stein Erikson. I'd met him years before at a Detroit ski show and recognized the hair immediately. We'd spoken briefly then about his time as ski school director at Boyne Mountain from 1954-57. He used to come to Traverse City to give pointers to the kids on the high school ski team. I was not a part of that, but a bunch of my ski buddies were. A very gracious man and definitely one of skiing's ikons.
A week ago Sat the Bush hosted the annual banquet for the New England Ski Museum and presented Stein with their version of a lifetime acheivement award. It was a great event with about 250 guests, many legends of skiing attending....John Egan even got dressed up.

Stein's hair was perfect as usual and a great time was had by all. After he was Director of the Sugarbush Ski School in the 60's he moved on to Snowmass where I too ran into him on school break in 1970 and took a couple of runs with him. He is about as smooth a skier as it gets and a very humble and classy guy.

Here is one of my fav pics of John I shot at last summer's infamous Warren 4th of July Parade. Always an upbeat fun person to be around.

post #19 of 27
Great picture!
post #20 of 27
When I was a kid, I was in a restaurant where I saw Pirmin Zurbriggen. He obliged me with an autograph.

As for skiing with an icon of skiing, I guess that would be Billy Kidd. He's a longtime pal of my uncle's--they go back 30 years. Sometimes I connect with him and my uncle in the off-season and in-season at Steamboat, after his obligatory "clinics".

I've poached the Yellowstone Club a dozen times. The *two times* when I saw another sole individual on the mountain there, I'm sure they were some kind of icon. I'll just imagine it was Warren and Greg.
post #21 of 27
After skiing with him one time I was able to talk to Alf Engen in his office for about
15 minutes. We talked about skiing and powder and ski waxes he created, and near the end of our conversation he said I had a good life skiing but when I some back next time I will really be a good skier. He was truly an Icon of skiing.
post #22 of 27
Plake. Glen Plake.
post #23 of 27
Plake came to Michigan's version of SugarLoaf while I worked there. We had a hill called Awful Awful that is similar to Regulator Johnson at the Bird in pitch but not quite as wide. When the travelling pro circuit set up on that hill, the guys said it was the steepest pitch they raced on. Glen leaned into the hill, sat back and fell onto his uphill hip. Got back up with a big grin, skied to the bottom and said, "I've got to do that one again." He fell on the second run too. He had a good time making jokes about those falls and the wind off Lake Michigan tipping his hair over. All around a really nice guy.
post #24 of 27
Awful was a fun run. I hear Sugar Loaf may reopen.

About ten years ago, Phil Mahre came to Hudson Dept. Store in Troy Michigan. I took my oldest son and wife to meet him. My son was 1-2 at the time. He was very nice and we took some video. Hope to find the tape in the hundreds we have. As I recall, my wife won a ski jacket in a raffle they held that day.
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by eNick View Post
story for today...

i hop on the lift with two other gents. moments later i notice the head skis with harb ski systems stickers. i ask if there is a pmts clinic happening. guy 1 says "do you know pmts?" i say "yeah", i've been intriqued with pmts since it arose in 96/97. in fact, a friend once introduced me to harold harb." guy 1 says "would you recognize mr. harb if you saw him?" i lean over and look at guy 2 sitting on the other side of the chair just grinning. i said "hello mr. harb". ...and the discussion begins.

i found harold to be very kind and open. i think he's done a lot for the institution of skiing instruction and the ski industry. lots of folks are worthy of such praise.
I thought he was more of a cult leader (of ski technique) than an icon of skiing?
post #26 of 27
I ran into Herman Maier in Portillo this Summer.
Very nice guy. Very accomodating to our group for photo, autographs etc.
Great to see him in training runs throughout the week.
post #27 of 27
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Awful was a fun run. I hear Sugar Loaf may reopen.
Supposed to be a new buyer working on purchasing it. I'm not holding my breath considering the history of the place and the lift improvements that would be required to get a state permit. The entire infrastructure of the property is fubared from years and years of neglect even when it was in operation. Needs all new snowmaking plumbing, as well as the equipment because what was there, along with the grooming gear, all was repossessed.
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