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post #1 of 25
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 During Spring Break up at Breckenridge I was coming down a blue slope and my right ski hit a patch of ice and made a large turn by itself to the right. The ski released and I was set down the blue on my back rather than my skis. I probably stopped 150 feet down from where my right ski was. Luckily, a pretty skilled dude on his way down stopped and picked up my skis and brought them down to me, and either his girlfriend or wife brought down my poles. It was pretty awesome. My question is: Is this considered good skiing etiquette and is it a normal thing, or did I just get lucky?

**Strangely, he said perhaps the most puzzling thing I've ever heard.
"Have you ever heard of the pink bunny? Imagine yourself as the pink bunny moving up and down the hill and then flying into the snow headfirst, and you will make it down the hill without any problems."
I paused for a moment and said ok and thank you and he just smiled at went his way down the slope. 
If anyone could decipher this, it'd be appreciated, but I can't help thinking he was joking with a noobie. 
post #2 of 25
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Originally Posted by Huckle View Post

 During Spring Break up at Breckenridge I was coming down a blue slope and my right ski hit a patch of ice and made a large turn by itself to the right. The ski released and I was set down the blue on my back rather than my skis. I probably stopped 150 feet down from where my right ski was. Luckily, a pretty skilled dude on his way down stopped and picked up my skis and brought them down to me, and either his girlfriend or wife brought down my poles. It was pretty awesome. My question is: Is this considered good skiing etiquette and is it a normal thing, or did I just get lucky?

**Strangely, he said perhaps the most puzzling thing I've ever heard.
"Have you ever heard of the pink bunny? Imagine yourself as the pink bunny moving up and down the hill and then flying into the snow headfirst, and you will make it down the hill without any problems."
I paused for a moment and said ok and thank you and he just smiled at went his way down the slope. 
If anyone could decipher this, it'd be appreciated, but I can't help thinking he was joking with a noobie. 
 

Not for sure on the 'Bunny but a good guess would  be "The Energizer Bunny", runs forever.

People picking up your garage sale,  yes do it pretty often and most real skiers are always happy to stop and help someone out.
post #3 of 25
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Originally Posted by Huckle View Post

**Strangely, he said perhaps the most puzzling thing I've ever heard.
"Have you ever heard of the pink bunny? Imagine yourself as the pink bunny moving up and down the hill and then flying into the snow headfirst, and you will make it down the hill without any problems."
I paused for a moment and said ok and thank you and he just smiled at went his way down the slope. 
If anyone could decipher this, it'd be appreciated, but I can't help thinking he was joking with a noobie. 

My suspicion is he was talking about lots of flexion through the turn, an extension to initiate turns, and moving down the hill to move your body into the start of the new turn. It does sound funny without any context! 
post #4 of 25
 Sounds like he had been using the "Green Wax".
post #5 of 25
 Yeah you ran into a very nice stoner. Good stuff stoners tend to be much happier than drunks;)

I am going to have to remember that next time I help someone get their equipment. Just say something totally random to confuse them.

"if your flying over your desert in a canoe; and your wheel falls off? How many pancakes does it take to cover a house?" smile and ski away.
post #6 of 25
I make every effort to collect gear that a skier has left behind in yard sale.

Snow. Sky. Snow. Sky. Snow. Sky. Snow Sky. Snow. Sky.

Pink bunny.....???? Maybe it means stick to the easy stuff.?? Not sure, but I would have thanked him anyway. 
post #7 of 25
 After you've had to climb up a steep, powdery slope to collect your gear once or twice you just begin to automatically help others out when they're in the same situation.  We've all been there if we've skied more than a few times.

Pink bunnies, eh?  This guy just came from a safety meeting, I'm sure.
post #8 of 25
Thread Starter 

Yeah -  I think he was just trying to confuse a noobie and have a little fun.

post #9 of 25
Yes, totally. Picking up other people's yard sales is true skier etiquette and anyone who says differently is a asshat.

On the pink bunny comment - I'm going to second the green wax conclusion. You should have asked if he would share.... ;)
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by Huckle View Post

. Luckily, a pretty skilled dude on his way down stopped and picked up my skis and brought them down to me, **Strangely, he said perhaps the most puzzling thing I've ever heard.
"Have you ever heard of the pink bunny? Imagine yourself as the pink bunny moving up and down the hill and then flying into the snow headfirst, and you will make it down the hill without any problems."

 
If anyone could decipher this, it'd be appreciated, but I can't help thinking he was joking with a noobie. 
 

Pretty dudes say these things. Just how they are. Next time just say yes and go with the zeitgest. Remember you're not in Kansas anymore.

You can thank me later.
post #11 of 25
This is the type of etiquette you find more on the Double Blacks then the Blues.  You were lucky to find a real skier who shows etiquette and consideration for other skiers.  As for the bunny, I've heard similar terms but never the bunny.  It usually means focus down the hill on where you want to go rather then turning your head and body with each turn.  OR, he was stoned and was watching a pink bunny on the slope......
post #12 of 25
Obviously that is good etiquette. It's like kicking someone their board back at the skatepark or holding a door for someone. I mean that's just common sense.
post #13 of 25
Picking up someone's yard-sale gear isn't Good Etiquette ...

... giving it back to them is Good Etiquette.

.ma
post #14 of 25
There are exceptions to this.  

If you managed to screw up my line, I might not stop.  If it's a powder day, I'll probably wait until the second lap to help look for it and hope you find it while I'm on the lift.

A few years ago a friend and I were at Jackson on a decent powder day and noticed someone below us looking for a ski in some deep powder.  We were headed in that direction anyway, so we skied there.. but then kept going because the snow was just that good.  We were a hundred yards below the skier at the bottom of the pitch they ate sh*t on and were feeling pretty guilty for not stopping.  So, we took off our skis to do a little recon mission back up just for fun.  (There was a slight method to the madness - we had a hunch the ski had traveled pretty far down the slope under the snow and the skier didn't realize it.)  We asked her some questions and then hiked up.  Sure enough, my friend stepped on it and it was about 100 feet away from where the girl was looking for it.  She was lucky we hiked up, I doubt she would have found it.  I was amazed it traveled as far as it did.
post #15 of 25
I honestly dont know what the "ettiquette" is, but basically it is just being a decent person!!

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Originally Posted by Huckle View Post

 During Spring Break up at Breckenridge I was coming down a blue slope and my right ski hit a patch of ice and made a large turn by itself to the right. The ski released and I was set down the blue on my back rather than my skis. I probably stopped 150 feet down from where my right ski was. Luckily, a pretty skilled dude on his way down stopped and picked up my skis and brought them down to me, and either his girlfriend or wife brought down my poles. It was pretty awesome. My question is: Is this considered good skiing etiquette and is it a normal thing, or did I just get lucky?

**Strangely, he said perhaps the most puzzling thing I've ever heard.
"Have you ever heard of the pink bunny? Imagine yourself as the pink bunny moving up and down the hill and then flying into the snow headfirst, and you will make it down the hill without any problems."
I paused for a moment and said ok and thank you and he just smiled at went his way down the slope. 
If anyone could decipher this, it'd be appreciated, but I can't help thinking he was joking with a noobie. 
 
post #16 of 25
At least, bunny is a funny thing (pink means more funny to me). So, I would say that guy was not bad intended and you've got a funny "etiquette".
post #17 of 25
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Claudiu View Post

At least, bunny is a funny thing (pink means more funny to me). So, I would say that guy was not bad intended and you've got a funny "etiquette".


No, definitely not. He was well intentioned as far as I could see. He saved me a lot of time regardless.
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by Sugaree View Post

I make every effort to collect gear that a skier has left behind in yard sale.
 


Me too. 

Most of the time it's not worth keeping, so I usually give it back.  But you never know; it's always worth stopping to take a look. (c:
post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post





Me too. 

Most of the time it's not worth keeping, so I usually give it back.  But you never know; it's always worth stopping to take a look. (c:
 

LMAO.!!
post #20 of 25
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Originally Posted by bob4snow View Post

This is the type of etiquette you find more on the Double Blacks then the Blues.  You were lucky to find a real skier who shows etiquette and consideration for other skiers.  As for the bunny, I've heard similar terms but never the bunny.  It usually means focus down the hill on where you want to go rather then turning your head and body with each turn.  OR, he was stoned and was watching a pink bunny on the slope......

YES! someone bailed me out earlier this year when I windmilled it on a steep bowl - and it took me quite a distance to skid to a stop.  I did most of that lap on my booty-board rather than my skis.

Green Wax?! y'all crack me up.

I thought using the pink bunny was putting everything in that easygoing, don't-overthink-it context ... but that's a frequent destination of folks smokin' left-handed cigarettes, too.
post #21 of 25
Maybe he figured advice involving pink bunnies isn't quickly forgotten. 
post #22 of 25
I watched someone yard sale last week from the chair and the next skier down used all the gear and person as a mini slalom course
post #23 of 25
For me, it's normal thing. It won't kill you if you stop and bring down skis to someone who just fall, and you save him some pretty bad walk up. On top of that, it can be dangerous to others to have skis and poles scattered around the course, so with picking them and "delivering" them to owner who is 100m bellow you actually do a favor to owner, and to everyone else on course. So yes, it's normal thing for me to do this.
And I have no idea about bunny thing :)

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My question is: Is this considered good skiing etiquette and is it a normal thing, or did I just get lucky?
post #24 of 25
My interpretation of the pink bunny is that that bunnies kind of jump back and forth and he wanted you to lean forward more as you were going down the hill.  The "pink" was probably just for fun.

I think the etiquette is a good karma thing and a lot of skiers (and even snowboarders) will help if they can.

I was spring skiing a couple of weeks ago, going down a steep incline and my baseball cap (spring ski - sunglasses, cap, vest was all I needed) was not cinched down tight enough and blew off my head.  I stopped quickly, but I still had a 50 yards or so hike back to the hat up a steep incline.   Then, one of those "rude" snowboarders appeared up slope and skillfully picked up my hat without stopping and skied past me without stopping as he completed the handoff to me.  I smiled, tightened up my hat, and skied away. 
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by vinn View Post

There are exceptions to this.  

If you managed to screw up my line, I might not stop.  If it's a powder day, I'll probably wait until the second lap to help look for it and hope you find it while I'm on the lift.

 

Pretty much this.
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