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post #1 of 54
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So while skiing yesterday (actually standing at the top before going down), I hear my GF yell over to me, "what is that"?

I see some small dark object, that at first I thought was a rock (until it ran), come running over to me. It was a small mole/vole/mouse type critter. It proceeded to crawl in between my brake arms and the binding. She yells again,"aww how cute", yup I don't think that would've been her response if it was on her ski!!

The critter quickly climbed out and ran on his way.

Anyone ever have anything like this happen? Any idea what it was? Looked like a mole, but had a very small pointy extrusion coming from it's snout. Out on a snow covered hill is not where I would've expected to see this thing, thats for sure.
post #2 of 54
From the title, I thought this was another anti-snowboarder thread.
post #3 of 54
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From the title, I thought this was another anti-snowboarder thread.
Yeah, me too! I thought it was another teen/tween snowboarder thread!

Mike
post #4 of 54
I skied by a small furry critter last year... A little bigger than a mouse, out in the middle of a groomed run. Might have been a vole..

post #5 of 54
Springtime, Mt. Baker Ski Area. I got to the top of Chair 6 and the lifty was outside enjoying the sunshine. He had found a beer bottle that had a mouse in it in the snow by the shack. Needless to say, the mouse was looking happy.
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From the title, I thought this was another anti-snowboarder thread.
The whole time I was writing this post, I was thinking about the various ways it could be misinterpreted.

I think I could find a better target than snowboarders though...
post #7 of 54
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Anyone ever have anything like this happen? Any idea what it was? Looked like a mole, but had a very small pointy extrusion coming from it's snout. Out on a snow covered hill is not where I would've expected to see this thing, thats for sure.
Yeah. You see them all over the hill up at snowbird, especially in the spring. I forget what people call them.
post #8 of 54
I've seen rabbits, birds of various sorts (including wild turkeys), and squirrels whilst skiing. I've known some people who've seen deer and even a bear at some resorts, although haven't seen it myself. I was on a session with a ski school out west once where the session leader (one of the assistant SSDs) actually had a squirrel run out in front of him and actually hit it, but based on how quickly it scurried away, it probably avoided any serious injury. Bizarre sight, but a memorable one.
post #9 of 54
I've hit a few snow snakes. I didn't actually see any of them though
post #10 of 54
Star Nosed Shrew. Mean as hell...if you corner 'em.
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One time water skiing I wrecked hard enough to get ejected (no NOT Markers! ) and when I got back to my ski there was a frog sittin' on it lookin' at me like it was his turn!
post #12 of 54
I occasionally see ermine on the hill here in JH
post #13 of 54

Animals

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I've hit a few snow snakes. I didn't actually see any of them though

Obviously a snowsnake.

My wife got chased one day by a coyote at Mammoth. Scared the hell out of her.
post #14 of 54
Thre used to be a vole who'd come and shake next to the fence at line-up at Park City, but he was quite large (bigger than a field mouse). Voles tear up the grass too, as the snow melts you see these funny extrusions they make under the grass on peoples' lawns.

I met a baby mole at Stowe, at the top of their version of a bunny hill. It was lost, and blundering about. The only place it could have come from was under the liftie hut, so I got it (was using aussie boarder gloves with kevlar fingers, so when he bit me it didn't go through) and put it back there. I'd never seen a real mole.

In australia, there was once an echidna wandering across the main run at our resort, too.

Oh, and at Fernie, we were on the resort tour and met a moose! The Canadians all got very nervous and I learned that mooses are savage.

We saw dog-things running across the runs early in the morning at Snowbird, I don't know if they were coyotes or wolves. One morning one had a chicken hanging from its mouth.
post #15 of 54
Shrew:


Vole:
post #16 of 54
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Shrew:
We have a winner folks!!! That definitely looks like what crawled up into my binding.

I am unable to judge size from that photo, my guy was about 1.5" long excluding tail. The tail added about another inch. Does that sound like the right size??
post #17 of 54
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post
Springtime, Mt. Baker Ski Area. I got to the top of Chair 6 and the lifty was outside enjoying the sunshine. He had found a beer bottle that had a mouse in it in the snow by the shack. Needless to say, the mouse was looking happy.
I hope the little guy was able to get out afterward!

A friend of mine in SLC had this encounter posted on her blog:

In the lodge @ Solitude ... I'm standing in line waiting to get some chili when a guy with long dreads comes in and stands behind me. This is the kind of hippie guy that clearly has made it his goal in life to snowboard every waking moment, have a good time and survive off a part-time job and ramen noodles. He walks up and recognizes the guy behind the counter (who has even longer dreads except his are stuffed in a cap that is probably projecting a good foot from the back of his head). Here is the exchange:

Yo man, what's goin' on?
Hey dude!! Nothin' man just been ridin' this wicked good snow.
Right on. Has the porcupine been around?
(at this point I'm thinking "the porcupine" is their buddy.. you know guys with their weird nicknames for each other)
Yeaa man - he's been around? He's not out there?
(now I'm wondering - who is this guy - I mean it's a big mountain - it would be hard to just bump into someone like that, but Mr. Dreads is making it seem like no big deal)

So I sit down, eat my chili and head back out only to practically walk into a porcupine ... then it all made sense. I stood around, took a pic, watched people feed it right out of their hands and then walk over, find my skis and click in. As I'm fixing my glove, the little guy walks up onto the snow and sits down right on my ski and doesn't move. I'm thinking he's clearly the local porcupine so it can't be a crazy wild animal and my almost immediate reaction is to bend down and pet it - you all know you've wondered how spiky that fur is - and it was actually pretty soft! I know, I know .... if you're anything like my mother, you're probably scolding my dumb reaction because I could have rabies right now, but how many times does a porcupine sit down on your ski??

And since the guys at work didn't believe my story - here is proof - the little guy was begging for food here ...

(courtesy of Mageroni. Czesc, Gosiu!)


post #18 of 54
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post
Springtime, Mt. Baker Ski Area. I got to the top of Chair 6 and the lifty was outside enjoying the sunshine. He had found a beer bottle that had a mouse in it in the snow by the shack. Needless to say, the mouse was looking happy.
He can take that to the brewery and get free beer. At least, that's how it works at Elsinore...


aaron
post #19 of 54
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Originally Posted by ant View Post
Thre used to be a vole who'd come and shake next to the fence at line-up at Park City, but he was quite large (bigger than a field mouse). Voles tear up the grass too, as the snow melts you see these funny extrusions they make under the grass on peoples' lawns.

I met a baby mole at Stowe, at the top of their version of a bunny hill. It was lost, and blundering about. The only place it could have come from was under the liftie hut, so I got it (was using aussie boarder gloves with kevlar fingers, so when he bit me it didn't go through) and put it back there. I'd never seen a real mole.

In australia, there was once an echidna wandering across the main run at our resort, too.

Oh, and at Fernie, we were on the resort tour and met a moose! The Canadians all got very nervous and I learned that mooses are savage.

We saw dog-things running across the runs early in the morning at Snowbird, I don't know if they were coyotes or wolves. One morning one had a chicken hanging from its mouth.
those are coyotes at snowbird no wolves there yet.

how about the potguts at snowbird!!! so many in the spring you bound to hit a couple.
post #20 of 54
At Heavenly in the gondola we saw some Elk.

post #21 of 54
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We saw dog-things running across the runs early in the morning at Snowbird, I don't know if they were coyotes or wolves. One morning one had a chicken hanging from its mouth.
Yeah, there was a beautiful silver fox I saw at Snowbird last season. I called information to get some wranglers over there to slow down the cars (she was in the road), and they said they're pretty common around there. Pretty! Makes you want to save nature .
post #22 of 54
Coyotes seem to like early morning. One closing weekend I campd out on the slopes at A-Basin. At dawn a coyote loped effortlessly up the bowl and over the top...12,000 ft altitude didn't bother him a bit.

Another one, a young coyote, came over and tried to get me to play (!) on one of my dawn climbs up Mt. Hood

Guess they are up there eating the rodents.
post #23 of 54
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Originally Posted by reducedfatoreo View Post
Yeah, there was a beautiful silver fox I saw at Snowbird last season. I called information to get some wranglers over there to slow down the cars (she was in the road), and they said they're pretty common around there. Pretty! Makes you want to save nature .
I dont know if your implying "Silver Fox" was named after a animal its not. but what the hell is a silver fox in your terms, just a coyote?

FYI Silver Fox was named after Ted Johnson who was a 'silver' gray hair 'fox' handsome guy.
post #24 of 54
There are actual silver foxes, as in a fox with white/black fur.
post #25 of 54
Watch out for those snow snakes...





We saw this one in the North Rockies near Dezaiko Lodge?
post #26 of 54
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
I dont know if your implying "Silver Fox" was named after a animal its not. but what the hell is a silver fox in your terms, just a coyote?

FYI Silver Fox was named after Ted Johnson who was a 'silver' gray hair 'fox' handsome guy.

Hah, yeah, as Garrett posted, i believe the animal we saw was a fox with grey-colored fur. Entirely possible that she was a coyote, however, as I am no veterinarian! If she was, she was a small one...from doing a quick Google images search she didn't have a bushy tail typical of foxes, nor was she as large as most of the coyotes that popped up. I've got a pic on a cell phone somewhere...I'll try and drag it up to post!
post #27 of 54
All right, what's a PotGut?!

I'm now wondering if the PC Vole was in fact a Shrew. I had a photo of it somewhere, I'll dig it out. People were feeding it crumbs of biscuits and chocolate bars, probably why it shook.
post #28 of 54
Oh! I'd forgotten the Ermines. At Stowe, up the top, as you shuffle through the trees (heading for Nosedive usually), you'll often see these thin white squirrel-things with a black streak on the back. Those are Ermines, the fur-lined cloaks that royalty wear at State occasions in England are made from Ermine.

I always found squirrels pretty exciting, too, very exotic creatures. They seem to thrive on the snow.
post #29 of 54
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Originally Posted by reducedfatoreo View Post
Hah, yeah, as Garrett posted, i believe the animal we saw was a fox with grey-colored fur. Entirely possible that she was a coyote, however, as I am no veterinarian! If she was, she was a small one...from doing a quick Google images search she didn't have a bushy tail typical of foxes, nor was she as large as most of the coyotes that popped up. I've got a pic on a cell phone somewhere...I'll try and drag it up to post!
the coyotes around snowbird are like 30-40lb at best.

ant potgut are the little chubbyground squirrels that look like miniature ground hogs/marmots. the noisy little ones that attack students on chickadee. I am sure you ve seen them.
post #30 of 54
Ah ha! those fat squirrel-things. Yes, I saw those, was never entirely sure if they were some new animal, or just very good scroungers. I wondered if they might be that animal in Caddyshack, but apparently they weren't.
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