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Ski Trooper or a Crack of Nooner?

post #1 of 49
Thread Starter 
Was wondering what type of skiers are on the B.B. Are you the type of skier that stays out in a brutal storm till last chair or do you call it a day when the sun disappears behind a cloud. Are you on the first chair or do you show up at say 11'ish. Do you eat in the lodge or at your car? Do you prefer function(garbage sack for rain gear)over fashion. Are your skis more expensive than the car you drove up in.(True story) Do you use a trail map and walkie-talkie at a new resort or do you glance at the billboard map out side the lodge as you walk over to the chair. Are you a stylish groomer or a lurking lowdown in the trees knee dragger. Do you straight run the last part of the run to the chair or are the kind of skier that gets every turn you can milk out of the mountain. Maybe you just sit around the house in front of your computer wishing you were a skier instead of making the most out of every time you go. Insults,flames and responses are welcome.
post #2 of 49
First and last chair. Shi**y weather and "crappy" conditions are fine; less traffic and shorter lift lines. Lunch is what i pack and eat on the chair. (Occassional break to dig beer bottles from behind strategic tree.) I don't know how it'd be if i got more ski days but as it is I don't get nearly enough to NOT ski pretty much every minute I can. I love the Bluebird Days but there's a lot to be said for being prepared to ski when the weather gets nasty.

EDIT: there are times, of course, when one's schedule just doesn't jibe with one's skiing partner's, in which case arrangements are made, compromises reached. et cetera. skiing with the girlfriend, for example, or the cousin and his friend from arkansas, provide ample opportunity to experience a little give and take. (the littler the better.)

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ October 25, 2001 07:44 AM: Message edited 2 times, by ryan ]</font>
post #3 of 49
Thread Starter 
sh**ty weather is fine as it keeps the lift lines down.
Don't be given all our secrets away!
You are now a proud member of the kokotele ski army. We salute you Ripp'in ryan.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ October 24, 2001 04:22 PM: Message edited 1 time, by slider ]</font>
post #4 of 49
Good topic I’m curious too. As for me, up by 6 o’clock, regardless of how much I had to drink, spend the next half hour trying to wake-up my girlfriend : , eat a big breakfast hit the slopes by 8. Never hide from a storm, they can’t make me go home . As for eating in the car, well that depends on how much money I have . Style? : I have a bag of Hefty’s in my truck already . My ski vehicle is a 1987 pathfinder blue book value probably $1000, skis are Rossi Mountain Viper z, Salomon bindings 912ti, Leki poles, and boots are Salomon x-wave 8, Yes there worth more then my truck. I have to grab a map so I don’t waste time on green runs. I love Trees! I believe the best trails on a mountain are the local trails.
post #5 of 49
I love to ski during storms. Bad visability but hardly any people and usually great snow.

I'm not on the first chair, but not far behind and usually ski until they ring the bell.
post #6 of 49
Thread Starter 
Is that just a term or do they really ring a bell at some of the resorts you ski. I like that.
post #7 of 49
Up at 5 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Get Junior Racer up at 5:30 and on the road by 6:15.

Free ski a few runs before lineup at 9:00.

Lunch....... what's that? A Snickers bar and a sip of water between lineups.
post #8 of 49
I like getting lost during storms on the mountain and seeing where I end up when the storm ends, althouhg it gets kinda creepy when you end up somewhere when it clears and there is absolutely nobody around and you don't recognize the run. I always seem to end up by the machine shed on a cat walk that goes to a secret location back in the woods where they hide the grooomers.
post #9 of 49
I'll ski rain or shine, but in appropriate gear instead of a garbage bag. I'm in the line when the lift opens most days, but I don't stay for the night skiing :~). I MAKE myself take 15-20 minutes to eat my sandwich for lunch and rehydrate with H2O. Days I'm scheduled to work I ski between line-ups if I don't have a lesson.
post #10 of 49
Apre-ski is what happens later, so let it happen then!!! Skiing is skiing, the less time in the lodge(if any) the better. When you talk about skiing, do you ever really mention the weather? I ski through everything and on top of anything!
Lift lines and the ride up is great for the socializing and eating, but when the skiis hit the snow, let it rip. :
post #11 of 49
OK, I'll be up front about it all.

When I was younger, first chair, if possible, and made it a sport to see if I could be on the last chair loaded. Always took lunch just as the half day tickets started, I like my brew, and at The Big Mountain, nachos supreme at the Hell Roarin' Saloon are not to be missed. I also like greasy burgers with my beer. Ski vehicle was never cheaper than my skiis, not since waaaaay back, when it was just XC skiis (now that's cheap). Ski clothes were whatever was on sale when I happened to need it. Still ski in pants I got for 20 bucks, years and years ago. I've stitched them up a few times.

Now, I have two kids in tow. Up early, spend the next half hour rousing them, and then off to the hill. Take a break every so often during the day, but still try to get the last chair. They don't often let me, but I try! Longer lunch, but it's organizing the sandwiches, getting them a treat, and making sure no one leaves anything behind, that takes up the time. No more beer, if they're around. On the plus side, the wife packs a mean picnic lunch for us.

Gear now..... Well let's just say the kids skiis would get a better price at a garage sale than mine would. This year though.....
post #12 of 49
Same for me.

Warp back 10 years:
First chair, regardless of conditions. Ski bumps exclusively unless it's a powder day. Lunch on the chair. Ski bumps until closing. If conditions are perfect (powder or sunny spring day), use ever trick to get that last chair ride ("I left my pack at the top of Peak 8!").

First in line to put my 7-year old in ski school. Drink a cafe mocha while waiting for them to open. Get him dropped off and start putting boots on. Ski groomers with my wife if she's with me or bumps alone if she's not. Pick up my son at noon and eat that $35 lodge lunch while listening to his war stories ("Dad, you shoulda SEEN ME! I got so much air!"). Ski with him until about 3pm and pack it in for the day.

Weather: Love storms. My two favorite conditions are at the two extremes: Heavy snow, cold, low visibility, empty mountain. Warm, sunny spring corn.

Clothes: Quality is vital but fashion doesn't matter. I prefer the simple-but-bombproof designs to the fancy stuff. Love Mountain Hardware and Patagonia simply because their stuff LASTS. Can't stand Columbia because their stuff looks like it's good quality but falls apart. TNF is good too, but a bit too popular here in Nor Cal.

As far as turns go, I'm the guy making slow short-swings in the lift line

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ October 24, 2001 05:34 PM: Message edited 1 time, by KevinH ]</font>
post #13 of 49
I've always kind of liked nooners.
post #14 of 49
I'm there 9 to 4, no matter what. In fact, the uglier the better.
post #15 of 49
Thread Starter 
As far as turns go, I'm the guy making slow short-swings in the lift line.

A skier after my own turns.
I'm getting all giggy just reading about the blizzard skiing.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ October 24, 2001 06:38 PM: Message edited 1 time, by slider ]</font>
post #16 of 49
Last season i was on the chair when it opened and i was on the last time it went up the hill, the ski patroller actually followed me down. As for eating i pack a lunch and run inside for 10 or 15 minutes or i eat on the lift... fill yer pockets... gotta love it. this season i plan to do the same regarding skiing, and i want to try for over 60 days, i dont know if i can do it but im certainly going to try, wish me luck everyone.
post #17 of 49
The best conditions are whiteout conditions at night. Tree skiing in the dark while it is snowing hard is absolutly a must try. As for lunch, greasy cafeteria crap suits me just fine. And yes, my skis are worth more than my car. Although I didn't just put 600 bucks into repairs for my skis so they would pass inspection.
post #18 of 49
Thread Starter 
Too bad your car doesn't handle like your skis.
post #19 of 49
I like to be first in the lift line, and then I ski until I feel like I've had enough for the day, without regard to how much or how little time I've spent on the mountain that day.
post #20 of 49
Thread Starter 
Ski like your 25 then go home and feel like your 50. Oh No..another secret got out. :
post #21 of 49
Pow Ripper,

1) Can you name the original band members of Lynyrd Skynyrd without looking at a record jacket?

2) Where did the name come from?

Just so you know, I saw Ronnie and the boys 5 times, beginning in 1974. I've always said, that if he were alive today, Skynyrd would still be on top.

"Be a simple, kind of man. Be something, you'll love and understand".

"So don't ask me, no questions, and I won't tell you no lies.

Don't ask me, 'bout my business, and I won't tell you goodbye".
post #22 of 49
Thread Starter 
Gimme 3 steps mister and you won't see me no more. SCSA there are some things I just have to agree with you on.
post #23 of 49
Not cheating.

Guitars (Skynyrd was first with duel lead guitars): Gary Rossington, Allan Collins, Ed King, Steve Gaines

Bass guitar: Leon Wilkins

Drums: Artimus Pyle

Keyboards: Billy Powell

Lead singer: Ronny VanZant

Background singers: Cassie Gaines, can't remember the other chick.
She eventually married Rossington.

The band name came from their gym teacher. His name was Leonard Skenerd.

Okay, back to skiing.
post #24 of 49
i'll have to agree with the majority of posters, storms don't keep me down. i had an ex-girl friend (and you can't not understand why the ex-) once beg me not to go skiing cause there was a bad storm the night before. my response: "You don't cancel skiing cause it SNOWED!" it's more reason to go, duh. you just drive very carefully.

i try for the first chair if possible, and ski to the last hour, not necisarily the last chair.

i avoid big resorts, avoid crowds, opt for areas with natural snow (hard to find in the east sometimes), ski the whole mountain, and only stop when my body says "No More!" which it doesn't say often! BRING IT!
post #25 of 49
Ski serious and hard regardless of conditions ( it's a personal thing you know) and arrive before lifts open . And enjoy the beer after ...nothing else to add other than the band thing.
Ok guys best band at a resort , mine has to be the Ozark Mountain Daredevils at Big Mountain , not only great music but the location has alot to do with it.
post #26 of 49
I'm there as soon as the lifts open, I ski in just about any weather (-25 C, -5 C, it's all good), I always ski hard and fast. The only conditions I can't stand are springtime slush and super-hard volkswagen sized moguls. Oh yah, I usually try to pack a lunch so I can eat on the hill and not waste any time in the lodge, as well as strailining the groomers back to the lift to get to the good stuff again. A little hike for the good stashes is always good too...

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ October 24, 2001 09:47 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Mike B ]</font>
post #27 of 49
Always try to get on the first chair and be one of the last off the hill. Skied in a white out yesterday with high winds. Take sacks and 2 litres of energy drink in a camel bak, eat and drink on the T-Bar.

Will try to ski in and through anything, especially ignorant boarders that block the lift line while they wait for the weather to get better .... grrrr.
post #28 of 49
Most weekend days at Killington, I'm riding the lift up the mountain by 8:15. If I'm driving elsewhere, I try to get out the door to get to the mountain for opening. I always catch first chair on a powder day. At Killington, that means being in the liftline by 7:30. You can board the Skyeship at the midstation until 4:10 to end the day poaching the Superstar liftline. I do that fairly often.

I don't ski all day in the rain any more. I linger over a 2nd and 3rd cup of coffee when it's -15F in the morning. I'll bail and go do brunch at 1:00 when it's a choice of skied-off groomers or rock-hard ice bumps. In the spring, I'll fire up the charcoal grill at noon and alternate runs and beer breaks with friends.
post #29 of 49
At home, I go whenever I feel like it. Sometimes it's opening, sometimes it's 1:00 PM. And I leave whenever I feel like. Sometimes I just ski for a couple of hours, then go home. Lunch can be either nonexistant, a snack , or on spring weekends, the Hibachi scene in the "parking lot". On trips it's usually opening until 2:30, to avoid the most dangerous time of the day. And always a pre ski, mid ski, and apres ski brewski. Sorry, I guess that I'm not as serious about skiing as some of you guys. But your obsession is cool.
post #30 of 49
On occasion I did ski on a rainy day or (extremely) foggy day, but that is because I was already out there.
I am trying to be at the mountain as soon as possible AFTER the lifts open. Being the first in line is not a priority, but I almost always stay until closing.
On days when I'm eating, it's the lodge.
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