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so you Love to Ski and Live to Ski, huh?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
you pack your gear, hit the road, get to the mountain. there are no lifts. in fact, there will be no more lifts to ride. you wanna ski? start hiking.

do you still love skiing?

will you still ski?

just a thought...
post #2 of 23
Of course I will still ski and still love to ski. I get more satisfaction knowing that I hiked for my turns.
PS: would there still be a Starbuck's in the lodge? [img]tongue.gif[/img]
post #3 of 23
Thread Starter 
Sorry, Peet's (coffee) only.
post #4 of 23
I would love to say, "Heel Yeah I'd hike it" but we'll have to see what my lungs say to that. Actually wouldn't mind testing this theory during my Utah trip.
post #5 of 23
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ryan:
you pack your gear, hit the road, get to the mountain. there are no lifts. in fact, there will be no more lifts to ride. you wanna ski? start hiking.

do you still love skiing?

will you still ski?

just a thought...
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I think I would probably hike once then sit down with the rest of you and devise a way to build a rope tow...pommel...snow cat...chair. Necessity is the mother of invention [img]smile.gif[/img]


<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ryan:
Sorry, Peet's (coffee) only. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Ewwwwwwww Peet's! I only hike for Starbucks. I'm a home town girl all the way. My Dad used to take me to the one and only in the Pike Place Market when I was a wee thing (in the 70's). I remember how good it smelled...ahhhhhhhhhh.

Funny story - my GF from SF commented on how she liked to patronize the local coffee shops rather than the big chains. She asked why I didn't do the same. I said "I do - Starbucks is our local coffee shop." She said "Oh, yeah I guess so."
post #6 of 23
I'd take the heli.
post #7 of 23
Save alot of money on lift tickets wouldn't ya? Be in alot better shape too. Just like skiing the pass at Loveland and Berthold.
post #8 of 23
This scenario would pretty much take care of the "you know it's time to loose wheight when?" thread.
But hell yeah I'd hike. You gotta do what you gotta do for tracks
post #9 of 23
Hike for turns? No problem. Coffee? Nah, throw some beers in a stream on the way up, and stop for some nice cold suds on the way out.

Done it at Tuckermans many times....Also out in the Flat Tops in Colorado after The Boat closed for the year.

The most dedicated was about this time of the year about 12 years ago, Killington had advertised that they were open, so into the car my skis went. When we arrived, it was closed, Hmmmn, a little melt down? Not to be shut out, we climbed up to the peak for the 75 yards or so that was still intact on Cascade. We were not alone...

Then again, I thought I was sort of hard core til I saw the pictures of the people haggling the melting snow slab in Tuckermans
this summer....

We're not worthy! We're not worthy!!

Gosh I miss those days....
post #10 of 23
Like skiing Berthoud and Loveland passes, so long as you don't hitchhike back up the road.
post #11 of 23
Best turns are the ones you earn. In other words yes to hiking. I hike for turns all season long, hitting the BC and getting away from the crowds.
post #12 of 23
While poor in grad school I nordic skied the crap out of the Brainard Lake area. Toughguy backcountry freestyle. No drastic elevation gains but it was great. When ski areas stop selling me super cheap season passes I'll head back to that.
post #13 of 23
Even the measley 200 vertical we get by hiking the second peak at our area is well worth it. It's the best snow, and always the best turns. nice view from the top, too =)
I wish I could say I've hiked for something bigger, but it's a start.
post #14 of 23
I'll be realistic: Frankly, I really like the lifts and want to see them continue to operate [what's in the bar or coffee shop I don't care at all]. Sure, I'd hike some - but I'd hike less with downhill-only skis on my back. What's more likely: I'd take up tele, randonee, do more xc. It certainly beats doing no skiing at all. After all,in those days preceeding the last decade, I was an xc snob and looked down my nose at alpine skiing with fixed heel bindings. I also was in better than fair physical condition. In the end, though, I really like the lifts.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ November 14, 2001 05:41 AM: Message edited 2 times, by oboe ]</font>
post #15 of 23
Thread Starter 
Me too.
post #16 of 23
I with you Oboe. Its no so much the hiking, its the carrying. I keep saying I want a sport where the gear is not so heavy

Speaking of heavy gear...Ryan, your going to be blowing some bubbles soon, yes? Jealous. :
post #17 of 23
Thread Starter 
(kima,

not that i've been counting down but three days to go. ain't no heavy gear on THIS trip.)
post #18 of 23
Let's see now: I go to Whistler (as an example) and then hike to the top for 6-7 hours and then get in one nice 5200-foot vertical run before darkness sets in. No thanks. Also no thanks to hiking shorter distances only to screw around with 200 foot verticals.

I don't go skiing to get in shape, I do that every morning in the gym. I go skiing to ski. The less I wait at the lift and the faster I get to the top, the happier I am. I don't buy that purist notion about earning your turns. I earn my turns with long hours at the office. When I get to a mountain (and I only get there about 25-30 times a year) I am there to ski not to hike. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #19 of 23
hmm ... I guess it is different for those of us who hike for enjoyment in the off season.
post #20 of 23
I'm going to side with Tom B but I do have that urge in the back of my mind. I don't know if my body will that all that hiking unless its close to sea level.
post #21 of 23
Tom B, you hit the nail on the head.
post #22 of 23
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by TomB:
.....I go skiing to ski. The less I wait at the lift and the faster I get to the top, the happier I am. I don't buy that purist notion about earning your turns. I earn my turns with long hours at the office. When I get to a mountain (and I only get there about 25-30 times a year) I am there to ski not to hike. [img]smile.gif[/img]<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

That's a great statement, TomB. I feel the same way.
Everybody thinks that because I've skied year round for years that I must love to hike. I HATE hiking. I only do it because of where they put the snow in the summer.
I started skiing at age 29. I started late and I'm making up for lost time. Every time I go skiing I feel like I'm improving just a little bit more-while having a blast.
My ski buds know how hard it is to get me to hike when chairs are running. If I'm hiking, I'm obviously not skiing. It didn't take me too long to figure that out.
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post #23 of 23
Let's see now: I go to Whistler (as an example) and then hike to the top for 6-7 hours and then get in one nice 5200-foot vertical run before darkness sets in
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Why would you hike from bottom to top in Whistler? (small hikes from lifts are naturally different thing then...)

There are lifts already in Whistler. IMO Resorts are for training - but if you really want to go skiing,and learn skiing, get some randonnee/tele gear and climbing skins (or, if you are a boarder, snow shoes) and go for the completely new places without lifts to ski.

You see new mountains, new lines, new snow&terrain types and you have to learn about the snow conditions and take responsibility of yourself and your group. No ski patrol, no base lodge,no restaurants, no gapers, and especially NO tracks! I love that. I hate crowds and lift lines.

That one run a day can be better than hundred in a resort. And besides, skinning upphill is ALSO skiing, remember that! And in the backcountry you still learn a LOT, even if you get just few runs a day.
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