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anyone got cool funny ski storys?
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I finally made it up yesterday. I have had the flu all week but I just couldn't wait any longer. So I took another sick day. But I am definitely paying for it today.

Anyway, after lunch I switched to my new pair of Salamon 1080's. I bought them for teaching and skiing with my 3 year olds. But I thought it would be fun to learn a few freeskiing tricks since I had them. I was practicing on snow 180s and skiing backward on a real easy run. I saw these kids trying to do some 180s with a fakie landing (is that the right term?). The jump looked pretty good from uphill. I decided to hit it and just practice a balanced take off and landing. Of course I started my approach much higher than they were. And I took a more direct approach to the biggest part of the jump. I really wanted to concentrate on using my legs to actually jump off the lip. When I hit it, I found out that the take-off slope was way too steep. My whole upper body just kept going while. Without a thought I was in a front sommersault. Fortunately, my natural reaction to a forward fall is tuck and roll. I almost landed it. As I quickly got up and was skiing away, I said to the kids "that jump has a weird throw to it". They looked at me like "who the hell are you". I got a good laugh out of it because I am too old to be doing that kind of stuff. It makes me feel young when I do stupid stuff like that.

My philosophy is: if you are totally an ugly skier (like me), if you land it or stay on your skis, keep skiing like you meant to do it.
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Since last year's "Worst Crash" and "Stupid Tricks" threads are pretty long, I guess this is as good a place as any to start this years edition:

In the late '70's, some buds and I are visiting and skiing with a well known skier of that era and his family. He wrote a couple of books on technique and skied like the wind. Humility was not his shortcoming, and his daughter was a chip off the old block in both the skiing and self-confidence departments.

On one run, he and I were way ahead of our group, and on the runout (under the lift, of course), we pull alongside each other to chat, but are still carrying an absurd amount of speed.

I was paying more attention to the conversation than skiing, catch an edge, execute a complete yard sale and skid 2.5 or 3 lift poles (on the flats) before coming to a stop only a hundred feet or so from the bottom of the lift. As usual, everyone cheers, I dust myself off and bow. NBD.

My buds, his wife, and his little 9 year old daughter gather all my stuff and ski down to me with it. His kid is the last one down and has one of my skis. As she hands it to me, in the loudest voice she can probably generate, she tells me, "Hey Mister, I know why you fell - you had your skis on backwards!".

Well, everybody hears this & breaks out laughing. I try to explain that I'm using a binding called a Moog that might make it look that way, but... Nope. She is absolutely sure she is right, so in front of everyone in the lift line, this little 50 lb kid procedes to lecture me on the right way to put on skis. Everybody is laughing and razzing me, so I decide to go along with it - I snap into my bindings backwards, thank her, bow again, and ski out of sight with my body pointed downhill but my tips pointed uphill.

You should have seen the look of utter astonishment on people's faces. You have to realize that this was *long* before the days of TT's.

For you youngsters, the Moog was a plate design that had a wire bail capture the boot toe and a flip-up lever to capture the heel. It probably was the only binding ever made that allowed you to snap in backwards. Thankfully, my tails didn't dig in and I didn't fall. I reversed them as soon as I got out of sight of the crowd & we all had a good laugh.

Tom /PM
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Moog. The binding with balls.
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Thread Starter 
haha, nice storys. Good call on the fakie landing buddy. I cant talk though, last year i tried a helicopter on a jump i built in the loacl sandpit, yah i live in hicks ville. But anyway i got big air, but couldnt spin and i stalled out at exactly 180, so i was facing up the hill. ANd i travelled thtough the air dreading my landing, and my backtips landed and stuck into snow and i flipped backwards all the way down, ending up a cold bloody mess. Oh, good times, good times...
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Hey, JD: That's BAILS.

Many of the plate bindings would let you put the boot onto the plate either-way-to, as some oldtimers would say. I had some Geze plate bindings for my wife that had the same bail/lever connection of the plate to the boot. I remember many rental outfits using a plate binding.

Funniest sight was to see someone walking around with the plate from a plate binding attached to their boot soles.
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Kneale Brownson:
...Funniest sight was to see someone walking around with the plate from a plate binding attached to their boot soles.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

An even funnier related story was what happened to me at Killington about 10 years ago.

First - a bit of necessary background: When Moog went belly up as a company, I bought a whole bunch of bindings, springs, installation tools, parts at something like 10cents on the $, so I was putting Moogs on every ski I owned for the next decade. They were a mechanically great design, simple, elegant, nothing to break, and had never failed me by either pre-releasing or not releasing when they should, so why not? Well, around ten years ago I was starting to run out of parts for them, so some of my skis had Moogs on them, while others had more modern bindings.

Now, back to the main story:

It was fantastic conditions - about a 18 inches of fresh with probably 3-4 foot drifts. I had skied all day, was dog tired, and was skiing the 4 PM sweep with some guys I knew on the patrol. I'm dog tired, fall, a ski comes off, and disappears.

We grovel around for 5 min and finally one of the guys finds my ski. He hollers back up hill that he has it, but that it is missing the plate. Well, the plate is THE most costly part of that binding and I know I don't have any spares along, so I tell the guys, "We've GOT to find it!". We grovel around in the snow for another 15 minutes until I notice this funny wire going around the toe of my boot. I'm an idiot - I'm acting like a newbie - the plate is still attached to my boot, exactly where it should be.

I was SO tired, cold, not thinking right, and had become used to "regular" bindings where nothing is left on your boot when you release, so that when he said the plate is missing, I didn't clue in and just started looking for it along with everyone else.

I felt like the complete FOOL, especially having skiied on that binding for the previous decade, so the question was what the hell should I do. In the face of utter humiliation, all honesty went out the window. I quietly reached down, flipped out of it, and left it in the snow for a couple more minutes until I "found" it. The guys never knew, and that was one of the last times I've ever been on Moogs.

Tom / PM

PS - re the previous story, while you could hook a boot onto the plate backwards, it never fully locked in place, so you certainly wouldn't want to ski very far with it that way.
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That's great. Didn't you ever tell them? Even over a beer years later?
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