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post #1 of 13
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If there was a Mak-A-Wish Foundation for people insanely addicted to skiing, and you were the lucky winner, what would be your wish be for the Perfect Day of Skiing? Mak-A-Wish allows winners to choose where they want their wish to take place; to dictate the weather and snow conditions of the day; to invite as a companion anyone in the world, alive or dead; and their choice of ski gear from any manufacturer in the world.
post #2 of 13
i'm sure you didnt mean to phrase this statement as you did or maybe you dont know that the make-a-wish foundation winners are usually terminally-ill children.
i might suggest that you re-phrase this.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
If there was a EPIC Foundation for people insanely addicted to skiing, and you were the lucky winner, what would be your wish be for the Perfect Day of Skiing? EPIC Foundation allows winners to choose where they want their wish to take place; to dictate the weather and snow conditions of the day; to invite as a companion anyone in the world, alive or dead; and their choice of ski gear from any manufacturer in the world.

With apologies to all terminally ill children, the Mak-A-Wish Foundation, and SkiCougar.
post #4 of 13
Nice sunny day ANYWHERE in the Northern hemisphere, steep groomed runs beside some pine trees on a set of Bandits(always wanted to try them) with ALL you totally insane ski freaks on this forum. : [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
post #5 of 13
Nolo,

I am lucky enough to get to ski with my cousin every year. This is a recent development after many years out of touch. It has made me realize that no matter the snow conditions, no matter where I am, no matter how I'm skiing (well, almost...), there is something special - dare I say sacred - about skiing with someone with whom you are connected by very long ties.
The joy and laughter run a little deeper, and that which is unspoken - history, things shared (the good and bad), a deep understanding of one another - is palpable as a heartbeat.
I would not trade these few annual ski days for the deepest, driest powder.

(After that, though, I believe I'll take door number one: a sunny, spring mid-week day at Mammoth.)

[ October 01, 2002, 08:06 AM: Message edited by: ryan ]
post #6 of 13
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Ryan,

Your note made me realize the person I'd most like to ski with is my cousin, Paul, about whom was written:

While the rest of us skied, Paul danced on the snow with such a light touch. In college we were out at a little ski area in Montana and I remember watching him come gracefully skimming and flying down a powdery field of moguls at full clip on the first run of a sunny day. He was definitely hitting on all 8 cylinders. People actually stopped skiing to just watch him. Others, on a chair full of racers, hooted and howled with enthusiasm and encouragement. In full view of the chairlift Paul was setting the tone for the day and it was fully charged. Near the bottom he veered over into some trees, came out of the brush and flew off a 25' rock with a healthy head of steam. Being Paul he just sailed though the air, did nothing fancy or flashy, was completely casual and at ease standing there about 35' up in the air. It was one of the classiest moves I have ever seen. He lightly touched down quite a distance down-range and skied down to the chair, probably wearing that unassuming smile; distinctly his own. I made the choice right then and there to go nowhere near that goddamned rock. Others followed and tried to imitate but they disgraced that image. Paul knew how to show the flag - and when to run it up the pole.

Paul didn't know how cool he really was. Those words were a eulogy. He took his life last December. What I'd give to see him show the flag again.

[ October 01, 2002, 03:08 PM: Message edited by: nolo ]
post #7 of 13
Thanks, Nolo.

Touched a very particular spot.
post #8 of 13
very nice Nolo. didnt mean to slam you on the Make-A-Wish paragraph or put you mood in the dumper, but i'm much too serious for my own good after 9-11.
that said. i'm still counting the days to the 1st opening day and until cindy crawford comes to her senses and realizes she's madly in love with me, skiing will remain my true love.
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 
SkiCougar,

I see your correction as a service to me and I am grateful that you spoke your mind.

I have no problem being wrong. I have much practice!
post #10 of 13
Heli skiing in deep powder on a sunny day with my wife, in BC Canada.

Oh yeah, I already got to do that!
Lucky me!

So I guess my next Epic wish would be to do the same, but with my daughter also (when she's old enough).
post #11 of 13
Got to jump in with John, heli skiing with my daughter on a bluebird day.
post #12 of 13
I'll agree with a heli trip. I took my son a few years ago as his High School graduation present. Went to CMH Galena the first week in April. (Nothing like April heli skiing. Days are warm, snow is deep, and you never have to worry about running out of daylight as it's still light at 8PM due to daylight savings time.)

Virtually every run that trip was nirvana.

My wish would be to do it again with my daughter. Jill, are you listening????
post #13 of 13
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Okay. Life is for the living. I booked a week at Galena in January with my husband. I expect this week will be the highest experience of 2003. That is, until a week later, when the EpicSki Academy gets going. Yeah, 2003 is looking very promising!
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