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Oh, the people we meet...

post #1 of 11
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A ski buddy and I were riding on the chairlift some time ago. Both of us were, at the time, 20 years old. There were just the 2 of us on a four person lift, so we invited an older gentleman skiing alone to join us on the ride up.

We made the standard ski lift small talk for a minute or two, and then contented ourselves enjoying the beautiful day. The gentleman turns to us suddenly, and asks,

"So... You boys ever been to prison?"

This questions takes a moment or two to really sink in. No, we answer, we can't say either of us have. He proceeded to tell us, in detail, about his experiences in prison, how much he hated having to pee in and drink from the same structure in the middle of the cell, and how he'd missed skiing so.

Some of the more interesting people I've met have been on random chairlift rides.
post #2 of 11
I love skiing singles someday's just to see who I meet on the chair. It is amazing the people you can meet. It is great meeting a total stranger and having a new ski friend by the end of the day.
post #3 of 11
It's also fun skiing "single" and making up stories...like when I was in prison.
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I met and have become friends with an older gentleman, who makes awesome turns. Found out he was a World Cup racer in the 50's. Says he was the "worst of the best." Met him by jumping on a chair with him and saying "nice turns!" (really.)
post #5 of 11
About a week ago I jumped on a chair with a guy I recognized as a patroller who I'd me before. I couldn't remember his name, but I knew we had mutual friends, and I'd skied with him before.

I say whats up, and he answers with a THICK east coast accent, talking about how he's trying to enjoy his last few days in town before he heads home.

I'm pretty confused, and I tell him he looks exactly like someone I've met before. Turns out they're brothers.
post #6 of 11
I've rode up the lift with UtahPowderPig. Really nice guy. (JK/LOL)

Seriously, if anybody wants to ski with somebody at snowbird, PM me.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
It's also fun skiing "single" and making up stories...like when I was in prison.
F***! I thought I was the only one who did that. When I was a kid, I used to tell people on the chair that I came from Bozeman, MT. Don't ask me why...
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by UtahPowderPig View Post
I've rode up the lift with UtahPowderPig. Really nice guy. (JK/LOL)

Seriously, if anybody wants to ski with somebody at snowbird, PM me.
I will be out in March...Expect a PM!
post #9 of 11
Man, this post has me all misty eyed.

That jail house food was sooooooooooooo good.

Butterfly stuffed pork chops were my favorite, but then the southern fried chicken ..... all served with real mashed taters.

Makes me want to hear the solid clunk of the doors and jangle of keys again.

please to be thanking you for those memories

Oh! I almost forgot those long "inspirational" talks with the warden who was trying to get me religion .... and convert me to Scientology.

Bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. I wanna go back. :
post #10 of 11
Wachusett - standing in line waiting to race. Gentleman with ONE LEG on a 210cm straight ski (his "short" skis er..ski) carves a perfect arc and stops to chat a bit. Instructor at a couple mts. Well "see ya" and off he goes getting edge angles most of us only see in pictures.

Someone in line does not see he is missing a leg and says "Hey would you mind slipping the course?" Du-oh.

Makes you realize you aint too fat, too old, too hurt, too busy, to get out there. Just shut up and ski.
post #11 of 11
Saw a skier last week plowing through waist deep, wet snow off-piste no big deal. Then he pops out onto the run and he's a 3 tracker. Wow.
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