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Good Samaritan ski thread

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One of the threads below that encoraged funniest moments of the year included mishaps triggered by helpfulness. So what did you do this year that made the ski world a better or safer place?

I moved a buddy into the 21st century. He is 65 years old and a long time skier. He had access to a place in Deer Valley so I mooched a week with him for my first trip to Utah.My revelation was getting into the Daly Chutes. His was even more of a epiphany.

I was shocked to see that he was skiing on these mini Salomon skis (like 30" or so) and in white Salomon rear entry boots from another epoch. And no helmet. He made it down the hill in remarkable fine style but was clearly limited to carpet groomers. More troubling, he told me that he would give up skiing if he could no longer meet his own expectations, which I interpreted as a decision he was working on. I worked him on him the entire week. And by the end of it, he walked out of Coles in Park City with a new pair of Blizzard 8.1's, some Nordica boots and a Giro helmet all at half price. He told me that the next week was one of the best he ever had in his life. I saved a ski soul. My work is done.

post #2 of 20

Three Cheers to You!!!

post #3 of 20

Similarly, I gave my old PRs to my older brother who skis maybe two or three times per year.  He was skiing on straight skis he had bought back in the 80's.  He can't believe how much better the PR is than a straight ski.  He lit up like a Christmas tree.

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That is awsome D1, Now i do believe you need to "pay it foward" i was thinking mabey i could mooch a week out of you next year in the NE. I will be a good samaritan, all rounds are on me for the week.

 

Mine personaly was getting my 5y/o to love skiing his first real full year out. I think i was sucessful. Our last trip was 03/21/09 and he told me that he hates spring because it makes all the snow melt! then he asked if there would be any snow in June(B-Day), I said Yes in S. America then he said "Hay i know where i want my b-day party at this year

-Where i said

-S. America he said

That is when i knew i had found a life long ski Bud!!!!!!!!

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See Dave you are a good guy.....I don't care what Mrs D says.

OK I'll fess up ,saw you posted here and thought Id say hi to you and the lovley MrsD.

LS and I are heading west on the `13th for 3 weeks  A Basin has an end of the year price of 209.00 for now till close. we will ski Vail on the 18 and 19 but the rest at AB.

Food for thought.

Robin

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I helped a snowboarder across a flat on a powder day. We both straight lined the run before the flat and made it about 10 feet before coming to a stop. It felt like I had skins on, we both left after that, hard to have fun when you can't get moving fast enough to make a turn.

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See Dave you are a good guy.....I don't care what Mrs D says.

OK I'll fess up ,saw you posted here and thought Id say hi to you and the lovley MrsD.

LS and I are heading west on the `13th for 3 weeks  A Basin has an end of the year price of 209.00 for now till close. we will ski Vail on the 18 and 19 but the rest at AB.

Food for thought.

Robin


 

LS and OB, in an ideal world, April would be Spring Skiing Season, not Tax Season. Hmmm. An Abasin pass and fun with my favorite SC skiers, or coins for Uncle Sam. I at least had hoped to get a week at Sugarloaf (Maine) beginning April 20. Was there last week and it still had a snow pack of 3-4'. But we have gotten a great deal of rain since then, and an inch is forcast for tomorrow. I see my season fading like the Wicked Witch of the West. "I'm melting. I'm melting." Witch, I hear ya. So have a fantastic time and post a TR with snaps. And come to Maine. There's a family of lobsters here that want to have a chat with you about some missing relatives.

D1

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That is awsome D1, Now i do believe you need to "pay it foward" i was thinking mabey i could mooch a week out of you next year in the NE. I will be a good samaritan, all rounds are on me for the week.

 

Mine personaly was getting my 5y/o to love skiing his first real full year out. I think i was sucessful. Our last trip was 03/21/09 and he told me that he hates spring because it makes all the snow melt! then he asked if there would be any snow in June(B-Day), I said Yes in S. America then he said "Hay i know where i want my b-day party at this year

-Where i said

-S. America he said

That is when i knew i had found a life long ski Bud!!!!!!!!

Tell ya what. Invite me to your boy's party in Chile, and we can talk about that ski trip to Maine.
 

D1

post #9 of 20

A small good deed --

At Loveland, I was on chair 9 and I saw a skier fall on a steep pitch, and the skier's partner started yelling "Get your feet under you!".  Well, the 1st skier went right past the partner and a good 100 feet beyond.  The skis were left right at the top.  As I got closer, the partner was preparing to hike up.

 

I wasn't planning on going that way, but I skied over and got them.  One ski had the tip buried over a foot and was sticking out horizontally, with the tail forward!

 

I considered teaching them how to get skis on in such terrain, but figured they probably weren't in a very teachable frame of mind.   When I looked up from the bottom, they were still trying to get their skis on.  As I went by on my next ride up, they were sliding down sitting, holding their skis.  Oh well. 

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This could run: no good deed goes unpunished. It's easy to visualize. A guy has fallen on a steep pitch with soft snow on a hard base. He has one ski up the hill, one down the hill. I ski up with the ski he lost above and ask if he wants some help, can he ski down to the other ski if he puts this one on. He says probably not so I take the one down to the other and he starts punching in with his boots to get down to his skis where I await. He loses it and starts a slide on his back down to his skis and me. I bolt across the fall line he is on, and just miss getting wiped out. We were both laughing, though his laugh was a bit apologetic.

 

The other humerous deal is when you bring a ski to someone that you cannot recognize at a distance only to find out it is someone that has been a total bitch to you earlier. good for bad. works in a way.

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In the ski world....hummm?

 

OK,  Yesterday I took a shopping cart from a vacationing couple (I'm not exactly local here either though) and offered to wheel it off to one of those collection areas for them as it was all the way across the lot from where they were.  They smiled and shot me  a surprised thanks and that's all I needed.

 

I'm teaching a FREE CLINIC on Monday and Tuesday (with help from Rick) for intermediate female Bears who post here. We are asking participants to donate to their favorite charity.

 

I was out skiing a month ago and was set to meet Faisasy.  I was a few minutes ahead of him so for no reason I fully understand I walked over to the ticket line and spotted two fairly well dressed college age guys waiting for their turn at the ticket window.  I walked up and asked if they were paying full price today.  They said yes, so I offered (and they accepted) my offer of handing them a discount of $ 30.00 a ticket.  They asked if they could get me a beer at the end of the day and I refused.  I told them all I wanted them to do was check out EpicSki.  (I think that's a deal in itself)

 

That's about it for the last month or so.

post #12 of 20
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All good stuff, guys.

I remember another one. I was waiting in the lift line at Deer Valley early last month when a woman, quite out of control and unable to stop, carved a snow plow turn on top of my beloved Blizzard Cronuses and then crumpled into a heap beside me. Took a big hunk out of the top sheet. In stead of giving her a piece of my mind, I gave her my hand. And she gave me no apology or thanks. What was that about no good deed going unpunished? 

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Good stories guys,  but I enjoy the show from the lift, bad skiers keep me entertained for hours and  hours..... I am defenetely the guy you want to help you find your skis in feet of snow, which i have done on occasion...

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Good stories guys,  but I enjoy the show from the lift, bad skiers keep me entertained for hours and  hours..... I am defenetely the guy you want to help you find your skis in feet of snow, which i have done on occasion...


 

Looking quickly at your location ......I thought I saw SLUT

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Looking quickly at your location ......I thought I saw SLUT


 

They make t-shirts and bumper stickers... its good shit, and if I am any kind of slut its a powder slut for sure....

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I saw a Dad and two kids snowplowing very awkwardly towards the approach to True Grit, Gema, and Ciao at Waterville Valley (double black and two blacks). I usually don't offer advice to other skiers because I barely know what I'm doing, but they looked so inexperienced that I said, "Pardon me if this is rude, but I don't think you want to go that way."

The Dad told me, "We were told this was the easiest way down from White Peaks."

"No, no, that's Oblivion...you need to turn around and then go left. This is the hard way down!"

(not quite true because Lower Bobby's is probably the toughest run...)

"Oh...OK."

 

I can see a parent who skis well taking kids who are learning down a tough run...but, if the parent can't handle the run at all, I figured it would be extra big trouble with kids who needed help.

I wonder if somebody told them to go that way to be funny...? Pretty classy...


 

Now that I think about it, they could have taken No Grit...but, Oblivion is still easier.


Edited by Virtus_Probi - 4/7/2009 at 05:55 pm
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I thought if one to begin doing today, but it isn't really skiing related.   You know those coupons they hand you at the grocery store check out for the stuff you just bought?  You stuff them in the bag or your pocket only to forget about and never use them.  I'm going to start eyeballing the groceries on the belt that belong to the people behind me in line and if I see something they just gave me coupons for I will offer them the coupon.  I guess plenty of folks offer up the lift ticket discount coupons and comp tickets when it becomes apparant they won't be able to use them all.

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Tog helped me (basically a complete stranger to him) out through this board in 2001. I had ACL surgery and was asking on here about Cyrocuffs (a piece of medical equipment to ice your knee that you have to buy following surgery). On his own, he offered to loan me the one he used for his surgery a few years before and save me about $125. Worked great and I mailed it back to him when I was done with my rehab.

 

I still remember his kindness.

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Tog helped me (basically a complete stranger to him) out through this board in 2001. I had ACL surgery and was asking on here about Cyrocuffs (a piece of medical equipment to ice your knee that you have to buy following surgery). On his own, he offered to loan me the one he used for his surgery a few years before and save me about $125. Worked great and I mailed it back to him when I was done with my rehab.

 

I still remember his kindness.


Epic!
 

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When I was skiing in Switzerland over Christmas break, at the end of one of the days our group was skiing down to the town (Villars) from the resort.  You have to go down some fairly narrow cat-tracks, and it can get kind of crowded.  About halfway down, there's a section where there's a steep drop off the left side.  In the middle of that part, this little girl in front of me turns kind of wide to the right, takes a hard left, and goes flying off the edge.  Fortunately there'd been some snow the day before, so she just ended up about 10 feet down the side of the hill, stuck, and wasn't hurt.  A few people stopped to help; another guy climbed down to get her and I helped pull them back up.  Not something you see every day.

 

Numerous incidents stopping to help people who might have been/were hurt at Wachusett (where I'm an instructor).  There was actually a pretty bad one the last weekend I was there; a woman snowboarding with her brother had fallen and hit her head/neck, and I was the first person on-scene.  I stayed while patrol got her spineboarded and carted her down, then followed her brother down.  He was on our easiest blue trail, and clearly had no idea what he was doing, because he couldn't really turn or slow down.  He'd go about 30 feet in a straight line and fall down.  (I advised him that going back and forth across the hill rather than straight down might help, which is about the limit of my snowboarding knowledge.)  It would have been comical if his sister wasn't being taken to the hospital...

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