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post #31 of 45
about 1986. about 11 years old
Vernon Valley NJ
rental skis of some sort
neon marker jacket
My parents took my older brother and younger sister in the late afternoon and we all took a 1st timer lesson and found out about the pizza pie(wedge).
little sister got cold, so my brother and I stayed for night skiing and went to the top of Vernon Valley. I remember not being able to stop and trying to use my poles to slow down.
After that I slowly became addicted. My first trip out west when I was 22 to lake tahoe turned skiing into an real addiction.
post #32 of 45
Maybe 18 months old. New Haven, CT outside my parents' apartment. Check out the cool bindings:



The following year when I was two. We'd moved to Hamden. Had a nice hill in our front yard. This was taken around Christmas (you can see it was developed in February).



Not positive on this one, but I'm probably 3 or 4 and its likely taken at Powder Ridge. Note that I now have real bindings and skis with edges. This would be 67-68 or 68-69.

post #33 of 45
^^^We have a winner! I have a pair of skis and poles like that out in our shed. They are still in the box awaiting a snow day to go out with the the plastic toboggans.
post #34 of 45
1976
6 years old
Sugarloaf, Maine

Used equipment. Tethered skis.
Skied the Birches trail down to the Sugarloaf Inn. To young to remember.
post #35 of 45
2 years old, Winter Park, CO
I pissed myself and tried to nurse from my female ski instructor. It was FKNA or so I am told.
post #36 of 45
Where was it? Copper Mountain

How old where you? 11 yrs old (1981)

Ski equipment used? Rossignol rentals. As I recall they were black with a white rooster and lettering as opposed to my sister's that were white with a black rooster and lettering.

Ski "outfit" worn? Banana pants (bibs actually) and navy ski coat. Just a few short years from that neon yellow powder jacket! Sweeeeet.
post #37 of 45
Where: Whistler-Blackcomb, BC.

How old were you: 12, I believe. 1998 or thereabouts. First time seeing snow, EVER.

Ski equipment used: Atomic rentals. Straight-edge, white with blue graphics (or was it the other way around?). Waterproof pants (forget what they were), jacket and Oakley goggles that used to be my dad's.

I was instantly hooked. My teacher kept telling me to slow down, because I was going too fast for the class. In the intervening 10 years I've only advanced 2 levels. (3 to 5, out of 7(6?)).
post #38 of 45
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the posts and fun visuals. Great shots Sinecure. You should post your annual shots through the years so we can all see how you have made out over the years.

I do clinics for ski instructors in the NW and I always find this to be a great question sometime during the day on the chair. I love the stories and am taken by how much detail a lot of us can recall about the first ski trip.

Keep 'em coming.

Cheers,
Greg
post #39 of 45
I was 25 and my wife and also a good buddy taught me at Alta, Utah.

It was a BLAST!!! What a great sport.
post #40 of 45
Although I grew up in the Northeast -- upstate NY, near Troy -- my first ski experience was in North Carolina!

I had spent years doing the usual winter stuff like ice skating, toboggan riding, sledding. I bought an old snowmobile when I was 17, and practically lived on the thing. Then, in 1981, when I was in my early 20s, I was in Charlotte, NC on an extended business trip. My coworkers asked me if I wanted to ski on Saturday. I'm thinking "water skiing?". Nope, snow skiing, at Sugar Mountain. Hey, why not? I rented skis, boots, poles, and bought some gloves and a hat. I remember falling quite a few times on the "packed powder" (remember, it ain't ice if you can't see yourself )
post #41 of 45
Where was it? Hunter Mountain, New York in 1991
How old where you? 7
Ski equipment used? my Aunt's equipment when she was young. I remember them having tons of chips in them and I don't think they were waxed or edged...
Ski "outfit" worn? Some goofy outfit my parents put on me to look "cute" more than likely.
post #42 of 45
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Maybe 18 months old. New Haven, CT outside my parents' apartment. Check out the cool bindings:

The following year when I was two. We'd moved to Hamden. Had a nice hill in our front yard. This was taken around Christmas (you can see it was developed in February).

Not positive on this one, but I'm probably 3 or 4 and its likely taken at Powder Ridge. Note that I now have real bindings and skis with edges. This would be 67-68 or 68-69.
Too cute!
post #43 of 45
Age 16
March 1988
Sunday River

Rossis w/ Look bindings.

The trail was a sheet of ice. I lost control and bowled into the liftline for the quad chair at the base of North Peak.
post #44 of 45
When: Easter 1987, aged 19
Where: Hemsedal, Norway

Equipment used: Dynastar rentals with, I think, Solly 447s. Don't remember the boots.

Clothing: a hotch-potch of borrowed stuff and a newly knitted sweater thanks to the gf's mum. I suspect I was in a big puffy green jacket.

First time visiting Norway with my girlfriend, now wife, and first time in the presence of significant snow and mountains. Basically she dragged me up on the quad, pointed me in the right direction and said, "Go!".

Best memory, apart from the thrill of it all, was shooting along a twisty trail in the trees that lined the piste, taking a branch on the forehead and then flying out of the woods over a small drop, landing so I faced uphill on the groomed.
post #45 of 45

First time

It was over Christmas break in 1956 and we were staying in Berchtesgaden in Bavaria. My dad was stationed at Wiesbaden and he wanted to introduce us to the sport of skiing. He had been a competitive ski jumper in Wisconsin and Michigan in the 1930s. We visited a ski area called Rossfeld and I had my first and only lesson fifty two years ago.

We were issued wooden skis, leather boots, bear trap bindings, and bamboo poles and set off. Six years later I was still on similar gear and got out of the sport to take up competitive sky diving. 34 years later (winter of 96-97) I got back into it. Shaped skis were new and I bought a pair and my first snowboard that season. Never looked back and wished I hadn't skipped the intervening three and a half decades.

My grandson just had his first birthday and his dad is a heck of a skier. Just a matter of time before the little one is on the slopes.
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