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Grass Skiing?

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Thread Starter 
Anybody Still grass ski? I remember trying it back in the very early '80s and never heard about it again.
post #2 of 11
I'm lucky enough to live within about 1.5 hours of Bryce Resort (http://www.bryceresort.com/s-activities.html) here in Virginia, which bills itself as the only resort in the US offering a grass skiing program. Apparently, Horst Locher, who is the director of skiing activities (or some similar title) brought grass skiing to the US from Austria in the 70's, and is still trying to keep it alive.

My girlfriend and I went about 3 times last year, and will definitely try to get out at least as many times next summer.

It's a lot of fun, and I saw serious improvement in my snow skiing as a result. I was an aspiring intermediate when I was on snow last season, but after spending time on grass skis, I'm gone a bit beyond "aspiring". I'm still not "good", mind you, but I'm better than I was. It really made me learn how to use my edges, since there's no skidding allowed.

I think Comprex has done it, too, since he's the one that turned me onto Bryce's program via the local DC ski forum.

What was really weird was when I was at Whitetail a few weeks back, and there was a guy on grass skis zipping over the snow. Strange!


aaron
post #3 of 11
I'm not sure where your area is, but Horst told me that Eastern resorts are particularly well-suited to grass skiing because the hills are grassier top to bottom that many Western ones. (Skiing over rocks, trees, etc, is not a good idea on the grass skis.)

Bryce, in particular, is maintained to make grass skiing possible. The slopes are mowed throughout the summer, and are cleared of obstructions. If you wanted to, thoguh, you could pretty much grass ski down any hill that was clear/grassy enough.

I bet that I end up buying a pair of grass skis in the next 5 years...


aaron
post #4 of 11
this is like a really weird episode of the twilight zone.
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Tried this once on the coast of oregon... not sure I'd do it again.
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Thread Starter 
Tried this once on the coast of oregon... not sure I'd do it again.

Looks not to different from "grass" skiing in 1980s Minnesota. Mostly rocks and clay, stumps and holes. Hardly any grass at all. Falling was worse than hitting asphalt :. That's probably why it didn't catch on.
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Tried this once on the coast of oregon... not sure I'd do it again.
I've skied bruneau dunes in SW Idaho a few times. IMHO, its actually pretty fun.
post #8 of 11
Here's a website. http://www.grasski.net/en/3.html

And this one at About.Com http://skiing.about.com/od/downhills...rassskiing.htm

Also, there are numerous threads on this on the site. Just use the search function.

Grass Skis are interesting. I saw my first pair in college back in the early 1970's.
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Grass Ski Race Video

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Due to the rising cost of grassoline and climate change, Snow is going to be a rare commodity. I am on the grass-cutting edge of the new face of winter sports. a sod-o-mite, if you will. Nothing like 2" of cold mower pow!
This is the new green room!!
The grass is indeed greener over on my turf - swing on by and carve a lawn.
Go ahead...let the grass grow under your skis, Get some Rollkas!





My TR from grass skiing last summer.
http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...highlight=ruby




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[quote=Bondo;849187]Due to the rising cost of grassoline and climate change, Snow is going to be a rare commodity. I am on the grass-cutting edge of the new face of winter sports. a sod-o-mite, if you will. Nothing like 2" of cold mower pow!
This is the new green room!!
The grass is indeed greener over on my turf - swing on by and carve a lawn.
Go ahead...let the grass grow under your skis, Get some Rollkas!



I'd like to try that with a keg of beer at the bottom and a little "Green Grass & High Tides" crankin on some loudspeakers...
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