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Bear Crew

lady-Salina, Old Boot, deliberate1 & Mrs. 1, Indyhokie , Vail snopro, Bazzer Jr., (a.k.a. The Kid,) Bazzer

 

Non-Bear crew

Aletha, Patrolman Rob, The Ragin’ South Africans, soon to be Mrs. Indyhokie, Miami José and his two kids

 

Missing in action

SkiNebraski and his posse of ripping flatlanders, Jon Wills


 

Mrs. B. drops The Kid and I off at the airport at 6:00 AM on Valentines Day. Bribed her with a nice bouquet the night before, so missing the holiday was not a MAJOR blemish on my domestic record.

 

Find that our 8:00 AM flight has been canceled at the last minute, but are rushed onto a direct flight to Denver at 6:55. Arrive in Denver much earlier than planed. Way cool. Run into my old friend José and his two children, (his son is the same age as B. Jr., and they’ve been friends since before they had teeth,) at the airport. They’ll be skiing at Vail for 4 days so we make plans to hook up for turns. Also way cool. Pick up our bag of clothing and The Kid’s skis at the luggage carousel. Bump into another pair of old friends. Nice idle chatter. However, due to flight change, my skis are not in Denver. Check with convenient self-help baggage tracking computer confirms that my trusty Dynastar Mythic Riders are indeed safe, and are on their way to either Denver or Lima, Peru. An hour of bureaucratic maneuvering will hopefully arrange their delivery to me sometime before the end of this decade.

 

Hop in rental car, drive fast, stop to put fuel into The Kid, arrive in Vail, exchange pleasantries with hosts, grab groceries, and head off to Bart and Yeti’s for my first meeting with Vail snopro. Unbelievably friendly and vivacious, he’s also really big. I mean almost NFL linebacker or strength and conditioning coach big. Handsome too. More on VSP later. Stop and arrange demo of Dynastar Mythic Pro to replace my skis, which are presumably on their way to South America.

 

Miracle of the cell-phone puts me in touch with lady-Salina and her other half, Old Boot. This pair of transplanted Canadians has never been to Vail before, so B. Jr. and I pick them up in our rental car, show them around town a bit, then have a bit of Southern BBQ with them before turning in. On the way back to our hovel, The Kid and I are way-layed by a flock of young South African temp-workers. Teach the enthusiastic youths a bit about whisky drinking, lie about my life for a while, and then grab a wee bit of sleep.

 

White trees bode well riding up Game Creek

 

The next six days went by in kind of a blur. It’s been a little while and I can’t keep the days, names, and other particulars straight. Following are some random photographs, a bit of commentary, and what little I can recall of a tremendous week in Vail.

 

Rob & Aletha want to get some.

The Kid and I spent our first day together with our old friend Aletha, and ex-Vail-patroller Rob. Got right to the goods and hit Seldom as soon as the rope drops in the back bowls. Lots of sun, soft snow, and smooth turns get The Kid whipped by mid-day, so he stops for fuel. I don’t.

 

The Kid makes a turn 

 

Then decided to straightline to conserve his sharp edges

Old Boot and lady Salina are either a match made in heaven or a couple that deserves each other. It’s a matter of conjecture or your perspective. In any case, they are a dynamic, friendly, and overwhelmingly good-natured husband and wife skiing tag team whose love and sense of joy is incredibly infectious, and it was my sincere pleasure and good fortune to spend parts of several days in their company. Oh yeah. They are also instructors and do not in any way stink to ski with.

 

lady-Salina with her Diane Keaton headband breezes through soft, little bumps.

 

Old Boot plows through a few inches of fresh...

but sometimes tires early. No worries. Smoke em if you got em.

 

Indyhokie made the trip over Vail Pass from Breckenridge to hang for a day, and I’m glad that he made the effort. A smart, fit young man, (engaged to marry too,) Indy’s propensity to follow others down almost any trail on the mountain belies his obvious good sense and strong intellect. Perhaps that’s how he got to ski so well in such a short time. He got to spend a bit of time with VSP, and that’s a good thing for any skier.

 

 Old Boot show Indyhokie how it's done.

 

Indy drops in.

deliberate1 has been skiing for more years than I’ve been shaving. Look at the photos though, and it’s obvious that I’m an advocate of closer shaves. A Mainer, he and his lovely were making their first trip to ski in The West, and he’s never had the chance to ski pow before. I’m witness to his loss of virginity. Amen.

 deliberate1 gets a taste of first tracks.

Then asks for some more

 

Mrs.1 makes what I believe is her first ever foray into fresh powder.

Looks as if she liked it.

 

Vail snopro is an inhabitant of the most rarefied of ski stratum. I don’t think that I’ve ever had the chance to ski with someone with skills that surpass his. He is in my estimation a consummate professional. His Epicski moniker “snopro” is by all means superbly apt. He’s also a ton of fun to spend time with, on the hill or off of it, and a class act. ANYONE interested in taking a lesson could not wish for a finer instructor.

 

VSP moves kind of fast on the hill, and I only had a point and shoot camera. Managed to make one blurry shot of him in motion.

He does however like beautiful women, so I look for some bait...

And get VSP to hold still for just long enough to grab a shot.

lady-Salina moves fast too.

Old Boot, ever the helpful companion, helps clarify a subtle aspect of alignment to deliberate1 with his usual grace and suave dignity.

 

Somewhere in the mix, The Kid took a pair of lessons and spent a day skiing with his friend from home.

 

Bazzer Jr. checks out the line he just skied on Resolution, a favorite run of ours in Blue Sky Basin. 


I was supposed to meet SkiNebraski and his gang on my first day for some thrills at the Stone Creek Chutes at Beaver Creek, but he did not respond to my call the night before we were going to hook up. I trust that he’s okay, but I’ve not heard from him since we first made plans several weeks ago. Upon my return home, I looked up his profile on Epic and noted that his last post was on Feb. 5th. If anyone’s been in touch with Ski, please let me know if he’s okay. Wandering Briton Jon Wills had tentative plans to make the trip to Vail from Breck, but circumstances caused him to alter his plans. Such is life.

 

Traveling skiers, SCUBA divers, and fishermen often spend many months fantasizing about their upcoming trips. Then, upon their arrival at far-flung and eagerly anticipated destinations, are often times met by conditions that are disappointing in relation to their hoped for expectations. The locals refrain to these somewhat dismayed travelers can often be similar to the phrase, “You should have been here last week. The fishing/skiing/diving was just spectacular.” Well, for those six days at Vail, I WAS there last week, and all was grand.

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  That was a great TR.  Glad you all had fun at Vail. 

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Bazz - nice write-up!   Where are the photos of you slaying the mountain?

 

Considering that you went right from this trip to our little soiree in Jackson, you had quite a 2 weeks!  

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Thanks Bazz for all the great guiding ( we would still be lost in the trees). Was more then great to meet you and Bazz jr. (what a great kid you have). We will run into you again on the farside. (don't forget the epic meeting next year ,plan for it).

Talk at ya soon

Robin

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It was a fun time, and you TR is suitingly fun.  Well Done!  Had a great time.

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Thread Starter 

Just a follow-up.

 

Got a note from SkiNebraski. He's been out of communication for a while. His life is hectic, couldn't make the trip to CO, but is in good health. Glad to know it. 

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Damn if'n I don't look good in orange.

Was the greatest of ski trips with all our new Bear friends.

All agree that Bazzer is a great skier, pro photographer, and the way he dragged us around the hill, he'd make a great Iraeli tour guide. I believe the direct quote precceding a discussion of trail selection was, "This is a committee meeting and I am the dictator." But he took my Missus places she would never let me take her - black bump trails, that is. And her skiing just blossomed on the new Volkl Luna's she got, and under the tuitilage of Lady S, OB and Vail Snopro. Hard to beat company with hard to beat conditions made for a truly Epic time.

David (aka Desperate1 per Old Boot)

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Dave I didn't know!! I would have dropped in with you. Next year. My legs might get trasshed faster then I would like but i am way to stupid to say no to somthing like that . fun now pay later and not much later at that.

Did I mention in the other thread that the Denver job is 3 weeks long and starting the last week of March???I.m thinkin weekends on the hill!!( Lisa can ski all week the lucky so and so,)

Soon

Robin

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All agree that Bazzer is a great skier, pro photographer, and the way he dragged us around the hill, he'd make a great Iraeli tour guide. I believe the direct quote precceding a discussion of trail selection was, "This is a committee meeting and I am the dictator." But he took my Missus places she would never let me take her - black bump trails, that is.

I think that the Israeli tour guide allusion is a compliment, at least I choose to take it as one Please pardon my dictatorial manner when leading a group around, but if the gang hasn't reached a consensus quickly, then I just get things moving along in good order. The lift is for talkin' and the hill his for skiin'. I believe that my actual quote was "This is a committee meeting, BUT I am the dictator." Just my not too subtle means of keeping the ball rolling and the skis moving on down the mountain.

 

I would never have suggested terrain that I thought was beyond Mrs. 1's ability to enjoy safely. A bit of challenge is exciting and helps a skier grow. Mrs. 1 has a high level of fitness, stamina, determination, and courage. Judging by the smile that she wore most of the time, I reckon that I made judicious choices that were enormously pleasing to all involved. As a matter of risk vs. reward, about the worst outcome would have been for one of us to fall down and go "poof" in the soft, fluffy snow.

 

I was nearly overwhelmed by the wonderful sense cameraderie that I experienced with all of the Bears that I met during my stay, and I'd be delighted to hang out with any of y'all again anyplace or any time.

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Baz, Ms. 1 says "very sweet." I agree that the trip was made all the more special by the the people we spent it with. Somtimes skiing, too, takes a village. Lets all do it again sometime. 

D1

post #11 of 21

 

Bazzer, great TR, nice pics!  I do so enjoy stories of Bears enhancing the ski experience of other Bears.  Too cool!

 

 

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Damn if'n I don't look good in orange.

Hmmm, this is gettin' kinda weird.  We've got the same boots, same helmet, my orange coat was forced into retirement much to my chagrin but my orange pants are hangin' tough.... and I'm eagerly awaiting the delivery of my Cronus'.  Hey are those mittens Mountain Hardware?  I've got a pair that look a lot like them!

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Hmmm, this is gettin' kinda weird.  We've got the same boots, same helmet, my orange coat was forced into retirement much to my chagrin but my orange pants are hangin' tough.... and I'm eagerly awaiting the delivery of my Cronus'.  Hey are those mittens Mountain Hardware?  I've got a pair that look a lot like them!


 


 

Bumbfreaq are you like stalkin' me in the ski shop? The mitts are Burton AK's. Awesome for Maine winters. You are going to love your Cronus boards. They were just perfect at Vail for what we got. Hey, when you get them, we could like dress up the same and do some synchronized skiing to freaq folks out. Like they will think they are seeing double - exept for my bodacious stash. Let me know how you like the Bliz's. Did you get the 173 or 180. SierraJim says the longer ones ski consierably stiffer. I have the 173 and love them for everything.

D1

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180s on the way!!!

 

Give me a few years for the whiskers to grow then we can do the synchronized thing..but... ya gotta let me paint up your helmet =) Ha!

 

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Dude, that is like the grossest helmet I ever saw. Totally love it. And will match the festering green Cronus sidewalls. You are a freaqin fashin plate.

D1

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To Conclude the Trip Report...................D1 was wondering how the pets he sent along to us were doing.  Thanks so much D1, we thoroughly enjoyed spending dinner with your pets.  I was going to post a complete TR of the pets on its own, but I thought the moderators might not like it.  So, here it is.

 

The pets arrived this morning, safe and sound.  Old Boot went and brought them in from the front step.

Pet's Arrive

 

We named them right away.

Names

 

We put them back into the comfort of their home while old Boot went to prepare the Hot Tub for them.

home

 

Old Boot found a good size hot tub for them.

Empty Hot Tub

 

To make them feel at home, we added the Maine Sea Salt you sent along.

 

adding salt

 

Toes in first to make sure the water wasn't too cold yet.Testing with toes.

 

Here they are both enjoying their hot tub.

Enjoying the hot tub.

 

We prepared a place of honour for each at the dinner table.

Dinner Setting

 

Awe, all good things must end, Old Boot gets them out of their Hot Tub.

Getting out of tub

 

They both hang out and dry off some before dinner.

Drying off/

 

Herbert and Joanne prepare for dinner.

HerbertJoanne

 

And we share a toast to you and the good times we had in Vail.

 

Toasting you.

 

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I'm no moderator but I like it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grossest?  Wait'll ya see what I do to the Croni =)

post #17 of 21
Thread Starter 

Can I arrange for you to have dinner with one of my inconsiderate neighbor's dogs?  Better yet, how about hosting this same neighbor for a meal?

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lol, is he as tasty as Deliberate's pets?

post #19 of 21
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That's a matter that's dependent on regional/cultural leanings. I've been offered dog as a meal in both Korea and Indonesia. Native Americans on the Great Planes also found canines to be rather tasty. Personally, I'll opt for the crustaceans.

 

Regarding my neighbor, he's are not really to my taste as either company or a source of nutrition. 

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OB and LS,

Ms D1 and I am are just thrilled at the southern hospitality you showed our pets, Herb and Joanne. Damn if they don't look like they're blushing from all the attention.

Glad you enjoyed.

D1 & Ms D1

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It was a real pleasure to meet and ski with this motley crew... I tried really hard to keep up!  ( ;) )

 

Had the pleasure once again this week of skiing with Bazzer and Fireball, for a few morning runs and for an entire day in one instance.

 

But of course, as usual, ... all of this is totally unconfirmed!   lol

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