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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Did any one meet a Blue Haired lady in the MSP airport yesterday March 13th?

I picked my mother in law up at the Traverse City Airport last night, and she talked and talked and talked, about some "big tall guys that ski" from Minnesota who were on their way somewhere to ski.

She wants to know, really bad, if they're my friends.

I said, "chances are they're my friends. I have a LOT of friends"
post #2 of 21
It wasn't me but we Minnesota Bears don't hesitate to travel for the good stuff. I know a number of locals that were heading to the Boat for the Nastar event.

We will have to travel to ski anymore this season. As I look out my office window, all I see is brown
post #3 of 21
Not me, either, but I too know a number of people heading out for NASTAR Nationals! One of the guys I know is pretty tall, but he would have been traveling with his wife and two boys who qualified to race in Steamboat.

Bill
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As I look out my office window, all I see is brown
Buck was a beautiful sight this morning!! Corduroy dreams that turned to soft corn - good times!! Carver's delight!!
post #5 of 21
if you are refering to the Illustrious Buck Hill in Burnsville... it is fun ... albeit brief.

I am heading to Minneapolis this wed... (not to ski Buck Hill) :


I have skiied it though.. while doing some consulting in the area for American Express
post #6 of 21
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According to my mother in law, the kind gentlemen she talked to said they really like going skiing in the big mountains, but the small hills they ski in Minnesota are still fun, and keep them in shape so they CAN ski the bigger stuff.
She really enjoyed her visit.
post #7 of 21
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if you are refering to the Illustrious Buck Hill in Burnsville... it is fun ... albeit brief.
Yep - like all MN areas.

I love going out West - you can pick out the Midwest skiers from a mile away. They're the ones making 5 turns to the locals one!!
post #8 of 21
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but the small hills they ski in Minnesota are still fun, and keep them in shape so they CAN ski the bigger stuff.
It's all what you make of it!
post #9 of 21
Mineesoutaan here eh! Burnsville High School Class of 1982. Buck Hill Freestyle Team 79-82, Buck Hill Ski School instructor 81-82. Tossed back a few pitchers in "The Bucket" as well. It ain't big, but it was close and open every day/night from November through St Pat's. I heard Chuck Stone passed a few years ago. I haven't been in Minnesota since about 1997. But, I would move back if that is where the job took me.
post #10 of 21
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It's all what you make of it!
you got that right!
Like Michiganders and their passion for skiing that keeps them skiing on 400 ft vert 50 days a year!
post #11 of 21
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But, I would move back if that is where the job took me.
You are aware of the "tax situation" here, right? You may want to take that back!!
post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
you got that right!
Like Michiganders and their passion for skiing that keeps them skiing on 400 ft vert 50 days a year!
I'd kill for 400' of vert...
post #13 of 21
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You are aware of the "tax situation" here, right? You may want to take that back!!
haha. Funny thing, Texas was the best place I've live tax wise, no state income taxes at all. Texas is aslo the worst for skiing though

I guess I can't complain here out in the middle of NC (Nowhere to Complain about). 2.5 hours from great beaches and 3.5 hours from 1100 vert at 5500 elevation. Taxes here are average, and the job market is strong.:

I do miss that night skiing right down the street though..
post #14 of 21
I guess there is nothing wrong with skiing in -40 degree weather on 300 vertical feet of garbage dump. Can't beat that ****. I suppose you Minnesota people honestly feel that your 300 vert keeps you in shape for the big boy mountains
post #15 of 21
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I guess there is nothing wrong with skiing in -40 degree weather on 300 vertical feet of garbage dump. Can't beat that ****. I suppose you Minnesota people honestly feel that your 300 vert keeps you in shape for the big boy mountains
Come on out, studly. Ask the Duluth boys out in MT how "crappy MN skiers" do in the big boy mountains.

Go back to Newschoolers. The pool is too deep for you here.
post #16 of 21
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I'd kill for 400' of vert...
Those Minnesota Alps are good for the soul. When you spend enough time yo-yo-ing at Afton and Buck Hill and Pine Bend (R.I.P.: Come To Minnesota and Ski a Superfund Site!), then even Lutsen becomes the promised land, with runs that drop an impossibly extravagant 600 vertical feet. Then when you finally make it out west, it's all gravy...
post #17 of 21
Our closest ski hill is 2 hours away, 250', one chairlift. It's called Frostfire, near the Canadian border in North Dakota.

This year I took my sons to the mountains for the first time. After 3 days, one of my sons (age 13) said "I can't wait to go back to Frostfire, so I can remind myself that it isn't always this good!"

We ski locally every chance we get, because it beats the crap out of not skiing.

I grew up skiing Afton, Trollhaugen, Wild Mountain, Birch Park. I skied every Saturday, many Sundays, and 3 nights a week after school, from Thanksgiving until there was more grass than snow. I've skied at -21°F, and I've skied entire seasons on man-made snow. I can REALLY appreciate a trip to the mountains!
post #18 of 21
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Our closest ski hill is 2 hours away, 250', one chairlift. It's called Frostfire, near the Canadian border in North Dakota.

This year I took my sons to the mountains for the first time. After 3 days, one of my sons (age 13) said "I can't wait to go back to Frostfire, so I can remind myself that it isn't always this good!"

We ski locally every chance we get, because it beats the crap out of not skiing.

I grew up skiing Afton, Trollhaugen, Wild Mountain, Birch Park. I skied every Saturday, many Sundays, and 3 nights a week after school, from Thanksgiving until there was more grass than snow. I've skied at -21°F, and I've skied entire seasons on man-made snow. I can REALLY appreciate a trip to the mountains!
GREAT POST!! It's good to see someone else who "gets it". We can complain about the Midwest, but hey, I'm skiing, and when I head out the the "big boy mountains", I can tear it up pretty good! I guess I do dig on Lutsen a bit - but just because they think they're "Out West", and their lift SUCK LIKE NO OTHER!! But I digress... If you can ski the questionable conditions we have here in MN, you can ski pretty much anywhere - although powder always has it's way with me... :

Going to the real mountains is DEFINITELY a treat. Until I win the lottery, I'll keep skiing the small stuff though.
post #19 of 21
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If you can ski the questionable conditions we have here in MN, you can ski pretty much anywhere.
I couldn't agree more, I grew up skiing Afton Alps at least 3 times a week. Now I'm out in Montana and I now I ski with so much more confidence, cause if I take a big fall in powder it feels infinitly better than falling on the icy slopes in MN. Also, I've found I can take a hard fall so much better than most ppl that have been spoiled with powder their whole life.
post #20 of 21
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I suppose you Minnesota people honestly feel that your 300 vert keeps you in shape for the big boy mountains
As opposed to NOT skiing?

Thanks for the hate, though. We always appreciate people signing up as an alias so they can hate. It's almost as if they know what they are saying is crap, so they have to create a new face because they would never admit to having said such bs.
post #21 of 21
What is it about being a Midwest skier that draws so much scorn from "real" skiers from "real" mountains? It's not like we can't rip it up too. The best way to tell the difference between a Midwest skier and anyone else is that the MW'er will make 3-4 turns to the "real" skier's one.

Powder is always an interesting thing to tackle when you never see it, but we thrive on snow that "real" skiers bitch about as too icy.
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