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"Glad River Men: Poach it if you Can"

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This is a great story!



I especially like the skiers' sense of humor:
post #2 of 12
Nice!

Ilikeski & I were there on Easter last year. This was the last day of the old chair before the summer restoration.

Conditions were great then too, 18" of fresh in the 48 hours before it closed.

Michael
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Funny, Burton was doing their 09 kick off at Stowe over the weekend. Looks like they took advantage of being in the area.

Wish I'd have gone up to MRG on Monday. One of my friends suggested it long after the opportunity had passed.
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Another thing to put on my "To Do list".

That's pretty funny. I need to buy one of those "Poach it if you can stickers".
post #5 of 12
LOL - good one
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Originally Posted by daysailer1 View Post
That's pretty funny. I need to buy one of those "Poach it if you can stickers".

I guess it would have been funny to me if those fellows actually did a respectable poach.

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The riders, who were dressed in white snow suits with "Glad River Men: Poach it if you Can" stickers across their chests, were slowed considerably by the rugged terrain under the single.

According to mid-station witnesses, the riders were hustling to get down while the ceremony was still going on, but the Chute posed some rustic obstacles for the unseasoned poachers.
Heh.

"Unseasoned" poachers.



Is this heelside pussyfooting the snowboarder's version of a big ole snowplow wedge?






I guess MRG's Single Chair territory is just a little too "rugged" for Burton's boys. :

Maybe Birdland area would have been more their speed?







Ahhh... all in good fun.
Thumbs up to Burton for seizing the opportunity.
post #7 of 12
Funny stuff.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Baja View Post
I guess it would have been funny to me if those fellows actually did a respectable poach.

From the article:

Heh.

"Unseasoned" poachers.
Jake Burton an 'unseasonded' poacher? Suckah please!

Just like that was a 'non-biased' reporter writing that article.
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Anybody been checking out the poacher videos on the Burton website? Any feelings on which ones may win the big prize? I've seen a little more than a third of them.

While I admire the fortitude of the ones who hiked up the mountains in the dark to make it to the top when the lifts opened, I don't think they ought to be in the running.

Several come to mind as possibilities. The original one had boarders who hiked up previously and buried their boards in the trees. Then they rode up with skis on and switched to the boards near the top.

One sneaky young fellow positioned his snowboard bindings to line up with the length of the board. He still used his snowboard boots with this "monoski" but he hopped on the lift with ski poles in hand and evidently fooled the lifties with his ploy. He gets points because the lifties should have seen right through his shtick. He got off the lift, repositioned his bindings, jettisoned the poles and boarded down.

Another made an actual monoski out of a snowboard, mounting regular ski bindings on it and hiding the snowboard binding holes under some homemade graphics. He turned it back into a snowboard after getting off the lift.

The most clever poach, though, was the guy who smuggled a two-piece snowboard up the lift in two backpacks, reassembled it at the top and rode down.

I don't know if there were any other clever poaches among the ones I haven't seen yet, but those are my candidates so far.

Anyone else?

I'm a skier, but I have two daughters who snowboard and a son who does both.
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Dude, are you serious? Someone who hikes up a a mountain in the dark to hide the boards as the least creative? That's some serious Mission: Impossible teamwork and I hope they had the theme music playing!!! I think that the guy with the two-piece board should probably be shot just for having spent money on such a gimmicky piece of crap- this is probably the first time anyone has ever said the two piece could have an actual "useful" element and the guys who "camoed" their boards were just planning on lifties being nice people and using that to their advantage. The guys who buried their equipment had to get rentals then ditch them, not to mention they hiked a damn mountain and DIDN'T RIDE DOWN- in my book, they are the most creative and determined out of the whole lot. Just my .02 tho...
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We still need someone to parachute or hanglide in...that will take it IMHO.
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Dude, are you serious? Someone who hikes up a a mountain in the dark to hide the boards as the least creative? That's some serious Mission: Impossible teamwork and I hope they had the theme music playing!!! I think that the guy with the two-piece board should probably be shot just for having spent money on such a gimmicky piece of crap- this is probably the first time anyone has ever said the two piece could have an actual "useful" element and the guys who "camoed" their boards were just planning on lifties being nice people and using that to their advantage. The guys who buried their equipment had to get rentals then ditch them, not to mention they hiked a damn mountain and DIDN'T RIDE DOWN- in my book, they are the most creative and determined out of the whole lot. Just my .02 tho...
I included those guys in my top 4. It's the majority of the ones who merely hiked up and rode down, without trying anything creative, all brawn and no brains, that don't get any points from me. Hiking up, burying the boards and then renting skis and riding up counts in my book as a candidate for the prize, along with the others who did something that involved actually riding a lift to the top before unveiling their true plans. I think that only those who rode a lift up, on whatever sticks they were allowed to, and boarded down showed the requisite level of smarts to qualify for the prize. I guess I wasn't quite clear about that in my other post.

I like the two-piecer because he arranged to do everything in one trip. He rode the lift with skis on his feet and the board in his and his buddy's backpack, where the lifties have no business looking. Hopefully it was just an old beater board he cut up to make the thing. I can't imagine it lasting more than one or two runs, though.

I guess I'd give all the others a ribbon for making their point to the management of the ski areas. There's something to be said for volume. In any case, these three areas are not on my list of places to take my kids, because we all don't use the same kind of sliding devices.
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