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I skied with Ott today

post #1 of 27
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A bright and sunny cold day here in Cleveland Ohiya so I decided to skip work and go skiing in the morning. I wasn't at Boston Mills for long before I bumped into Ott Gangl and his lovely wife Ann. On top of that I bumped into several others I had not skied with in a while.

We never really got off the bunny hill but had a total blast. Ott can still turn em.
post #2 of 27
Pierre, it's not the hill but what you do with it, it's not so 'bunny' as you pulled a few Gs when you laid them over as you did. It was a fun time skiing with you, we'll get together sometime soon and slay some tough ones. Besides, it was close to the lodge

...Ott
post #3 of 27
So, you guys are slying Tigers, or just taking in Buttermilk?

Next time, take a camera.

post #4 of 27
Is Ferdl Aster still around those parts?

Good to hear you are out and about Ott.
post #5 of 27
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Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post
So, you guys are slying Tigers, or just taking in Buttermilk?
Just drinkin the Buttermilk.

Ferdl Aster is still around as far as I know. He is up by Alpine Valley which I do not get to very often.
post #6 of 27
Is the HAT still alive?
post #7 of 27
The question is, could you keep up?
post #8 of 27
Comprex, the hat is getting mangy but still mostly intact, I'll probably be buried in it.

Cirquerider, how come in my wedeln smilie my lower half is censored momentarily, my fly wasn't open or something?

....Ott
post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by Ott Gangl View Post
Comprex, the hat is getting mangy but still mostly intact, I'll probably be buried in it.

Cirquerider, how come in my wedeln smilie my lower half is censored momentarily, my fly wasn't open or something?

....Ott
Not censored, look into a faster computer.
post #10 of 27
Hey Ott I'll have to meet you some time, I am instructing at Boston Mills this year and so far it's been great.

-Brad
post #11 of 27
You guys are brave to ski Boston Mills in Ohio --seriously. Not much of a hill, even by by midwest standards, but due to the sheer volume of skiers packed into such a small area it is a very dangerous place to be IMO.

When I was a kid and lived in Hudson, I Learned to ski there in 82 when it was under different ownership. Three years ago visiting friends, I visitied the place and it was a freak show. Tons of school busses in the parking lot. I spent the afternoon on the wood deck drinking a few beers with a friend and wtaching the accidents and collisions. Ambulence was there all day, sometimes parked side-by -side.

The pictureI saw was hundreds of unguided missle trying to avoid hundreds of other unguided missles spread out over three acres of poorly groomed shallow terrain while snow from the machines constantly blew in everyone's face. It was entertaining, to say the least.
post #12 of 27
Not so, cirque, I have one of the fastest computers and the .gif plays nice on my computer, but it seem as if one gif of the loop was dropped partially. See below:

...Ott

post #13 of 27
Hi Brad, when you see me with the hat just come over and introduce yourself...looking forward to it...

...Ott
post #14 of 27
Hi MojoMan, what? you don't like the Chinese downhill???

...Ott
post #15 of 27
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The pictureI saw was hundreds of unguided missle trying to avoid hundreds of other unguided missles spread out over three acres of poorly groomed shallow terrain while snow from the machines constantly blew in everyone's face. It was entertaining, to say the least.
Man do I love skiing.

Great to hear you two got to do some turns.
post #16 of 27
I patrol at the Mills from 2 to close on Monday. I also live five minutes away. Let me know the next time you are going to be there and I will try to hook up with you.
post #17 of 27
I'm envious--two of my favorite people! I trust you two had a great time, sharing a few turns on the slopes--and sharing a beer or two afterward?

All the best, Pierre and Ott!
Bob
post #18 of 27
I'm out there when the sun shines but by two o'clock I'm usually already in the bar and by three the kids come.

....Ott
post #19 of 27
>>>>and sharing a beer or two afterward?<<<

Thanks, Bob, Pierre said he had to go to WORK...so Ann and I went to the bar with some other friends and talked about Pierre behind his back (only nice things, Pierre). Talking about 'back' Pierre, how is yours doing?

....Ott
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by Ott Gangl View Post
Hi MojoMan, what? you don't like the Chinese downhill???

...Ott

Hi Ott,

Glad to hear you guys had fun.

BM probably wouldnt be a bad place to ski for an hour or two during the weekday mornings. I just was shocked at how the place had changed since the 80's. It now reminds me of the Strongsville tobaggan chutes, except there are no chutes and everyone goes down at once an there are ambulences waiting at the bottom.
post #21 of 27
Even Friday/yesterday the lodge and the hill were full of kids, home school day, you know. Didn't bother us at all, I would follow Pierre cranking long high angle turn and and then he would follow me doing shot swing all the way down.

Pierre was putting pretty high angles on his edges but he was still dissatisfied, go figer, you never know with those instructor types, always want to get better. A remark was made by Fritz the bartender (and my brother-in-law) "When you can ski like that why do you ski a run like the buttermilk" so I told him "Because we can".

....Ott
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by Ott Gangl View Post
Even Friday/yesterday the lodge and the hill were full of kids, home school day, you know. Didn't bother us at all, I would follow Pierre cranking long high angle turn and and then he would follow me doing shot swing all the way down.

Pierre was putting pretty high angles on his edges but he was still dissatisfied, go figer, you never know with those instructor types, always want to get better. A remark was made by Fritz the bartender (and my brother-in-law) "When you can ski like that why do you ski a run like the buttermilk" so I told him "Because we can".

....Ott
If you ski faster than everyone else, you cant get hit in the back.
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by Ott Gangl View Post
>>>>and sharing a beer or two afterward?<<<

Thanks, Bob, Pierre said he had to go to WORK...so Ann and I went to the bar with some other friends and talked about Pierre behind his back (only nice things, Pierre). Talking about 'back' Pierre, how is yours doing?

....Ott
The G loading I can get even on the bunny hill raises ell with my back. I have to back off the edge angle when I get on steeper stuff so that is why I was satisfied with the bunny hill.
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by Ott Gangl View Post
Pierre was putting pretty high angles on his edges but he was still dissatisfied, go figer, you never know with those instructor types, always want to get better. A remark was made by Fritz the bartender (and my brother-in-law) "When you can ski like that why do you ski a run like the buttermilk" so I told him "Because we can".

....Ott
Now Ott I told you what I was doing that was bothering me. I was not holding sufficient tension on the inside core muscles and as a result was experiencing a slight rotation to the outside of the turn effectively shutting down the higher edge angle on the inside ski. I ended up with the inside leg too short and too much weight on a flatter inside ski. It bleeds to much power away on an already whimpy slope and you end up not getting really high edge angles.
I should have stayed. I was not able to do anything until about 4:00PM so a beer would have been great.
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by Bob Barnes View Post
I'm envious--two of my favorite people! I trust you two had a great time, sharing a few turns on the slopes--and sharing a beer or two afterward?

All the best, Pierre and Ott!
Bob
We will ski again Bob
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by Pierre View Post
Now Ott I told you what I was doing that was bothering me. I was not holding sufficient tension on the inside core muscles and as a result was experiencing a slight rotation to the outside of the turn effectively shutting down the higher edge angle on the inside ski. I ended up with the inside leg too short and too much weight on a flatter inside ski. It bleeds to much power away on an already whimpy slope and you end up not getting really high edge angles.
.

See what I mean? And all I ever do is ski, I couldn't find my core muscles under all that schmalz I have even if I knew where to look for them.

See you soon.

....Ott
post #27 of 27
Cirquerider, thanks for fixing my wedeln smiley, and thanks Bob for shooting it and letting it being used so much, it has turned into an icon by now.

...Ott
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