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post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

'most notable memories' don't have to be just picturesque ones, though I am confident people will list those...just whatever what was well, memorable, and stood apart from other trip and always stands out.

 

1-for me quebec city (mont st anne) still kicks butt ...something about the history of that amazing city.(and old montreal rocks too, close to mont tremblant)..quebec city has tons of real ambiance and charm...ie the small bistro we had dinner at (cobble stone streets all around us) had a lantern burning outside, not some floodlights...the place was over 100 yrs old with little renos done to it.

 

2-other one and most recent: my first bad injury from skiing on ungroomed trails at whistler last winter ...it made me return to cypress (my local mtn) the following week thinking groomers are 'a cake walk' compared to 'real skiing'...was a great eye opener.

 

3- with my company's ski trip at an annual trip to Big White in Kelowna BC (my first time with group, but they've gone repeatedly over last 20 yrs)...all these late 40s-60s dudes (some even with OLD skis) rocketing down steep blues and loving it, smiling, all while I"m trying to keep up with the pack, screaming inside "I'm going to die...I'm going to die''

...and since I'm the slowest they all wait for me at various points and get to rest...well being 'the straggler'' as soon as I catch up they all peel away again (no rest for me, LOL)...so for them it was a 'blue bird day' and for me it was a 'Depends' day ...never has the Lulu lemon mantra rung so true: 'Everyday do something that scares you'...so yeah I was forced out of my comfort zone...I did appreciate that experience.

 

...this season i'm seriously thinking of heading to sunshine, lake louise and jasper in Feb ( all in neighnbouring Alberta) for 8-12 days...something about skiing in the rockies that just 'does it' for me ...I have bicycle toured and driven through those stunning vistas and just so moved.

...and the awesome kick ass 'Icefield parkway' http://www.icefieldsparkway.ca/ 

and it's stunning 3 hr drive from Lake Louise to Jasper rightfully rates up there as one of THE most premier mountain highways in the world.


Edited by canali - 10/19/10 at 8:16am
post #2 of 12

tunnelfenster am Zugspitze Bahn,  you get off the train and walk down a side tunned to a snow bench about 12 X 12 where you put your skis on. It's pretty much one at a time dropping in, so when you get to the front you have to go, people behind you won't let you think about it. You see the people ahead of you as their caps (in1964) seem to drop vertically out of sight.

 

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Went to Whistler in mid April a few years ago.  There was 17" of new snow in the Alpine and the patrol was working hard to open things up.  We skied Blackcomb and got to the Glacier Lodge area finding that only Jersey Cream was open.  We were some of the very first people there so we were able to shred up JC having several great runs in the uncut.  Just as everything was used up Glacier opened and we, again were among the very first up there for loads of new snow.  Finishing this one up, we decided to go in early for a quick bite at Rendezvous since 7th Heaven was not yet open.  Just as we finished and were leaving the lodge the green light went on for the Heaven.  We beat it to the lift and found that, once again, we were among the first ones there.  More incredible deep new snow for several runs before it was cut up.  By the time the new snow was used up it was well into the afternoon.  We decided that the day had been perfect and left.  Uncut all day long!

 

I've only had that much uncut a couple of other times at my home area, but to have it in on a trip was a bonus.

post #4 of 12

Notables....

 

1. My first ever run on a real mountain - Rosie's run at Copper about 15 years ago.

2. skiing in freezing rain at Crystal Mountain, MI and refusing to leave despite the fact I was the only one of 9 who was still outside.

3. My first double diamond - Palavacinni at A-Basin- my gawd I didn't know people skied on stuff like that. (Then I thought I'd better try it again)

4. Hike to notables for me are- the chute off the top left at Breck, the East Face of Jupiter at PCMR, and Eddie's High Nowhere at Alta- woosh !! Adrenaline.

5. hot tubing off the deck of our condo in Park City at night.   That's pretty spectacular if you're looking over the town from above.

6. just about losing it on the way to Winter Park with a group of 6 in a rented SUV.  I don't think they would have found us til Spring.

7. My buddy losing his ski off the top rack on our way to Heavenly- and then missing an hour of skiing looking on the side of the road for a ski.  Never found it.

8. The Bell Chalet restaurant in Hurley, Wisconsin- town hub for Whitcap Mountains, Big Powderhorn, and Blackjack Mountain.  Great place for some pizza, salad and beer after a tough day on the slopes.

9. My wife getting sick at Holiday Valley, NY because I made her ski for about 9 hours straight since we only had one day to ski.  Rough trip home.

10. China Bowl at Vail with fresh powder -ahhhhh.

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I started my son nordic skiing at age 5 and now its being paid back.

 

-  His bachelor party 3 day weekend at Whistler. Ski, ski, sleep then ski some more. My first time in Alpine boots that weren't leather.

- Snowmobiled 10 miles into the back country and skinned up 2500'. Two 1000' unbroken powder runs going down. All ours.

-  June road trip to AT ski on Rainier to Camp Muir and then the lifts on Mt Hood.

 

........to be continued

post #6 of 12

Big Mountain, MT circa 1990.  I got lost in the fog with my Dad when I was 10 or so and ended up on Haskils slide.

 

Silver Mountain, ID December 2004...I fell off a  little fun box and ruptured my spleen and almost died.

 

Keystone, CO December 2003....To my knowledge, I was the first one EVER to clear the Buck-Fitty Rail.  I gots it on video too.

 

Mt. Hood, OR Summer 2001 through 2004.  Lots of fun Summer memories doing big new tricks in nice weather chased with Alpine slides, Mountain Biking, and camping.

 

Mt. Spokane, WA Spring Break 1999.  First Back Flip.

 

Sierra Summit, CA 2009.  Pushing Skiergirl777 down in the parking lot and laughing at her. biggrin.gif

post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by davluri View Post

tunnelfenster am Zugspitze Bahn,  you get off the train and walk down a side tunned to a snow bench about 12 X 12 where you put your skis on. It's pretty much one at a time dropping in, so when you get to the front you have to go, people behind you won't let you think about it. You see the people ahead of you as their caps (in1964) seem to drop vertically out of sight.

 

I've been on that train.

 


 

To make a long story short...

Dec 1967 my ski life begins at Blue Knob, PA on icy beginner trail.

Mar 1976 first trip to CO, drove 4500 miles solo, slept in VW bug.

Feb 1979 -37 air temps at Killington, VT.

Late 80's, early 90's my wife and I introduce our four kids to skiing, mostly at Massanutten, VA.

Mar 1991 30 inches in 30 hours at Aspen Highlands/Snowmass.

Feb 2003 awesome ski/culture trip to Austria (Flachau, Bad Gastein, Zell am See, Zauchensee, Saalbach-Hinterglemm).

Apr 2009 spring skiing in CO with son including mega-freshies at A-Basin and Copper.


 

post #8 of 12
  • First trip to the Rockies and looking over into a huge snow filled valley at the top of the Bonanza Chair lift at Wolf Creek
  • Eating lunch outside the Wolf Creek lodge, stripped down to the tee shirt in 20* weather ... not a cloud in the bluebird sky!
  • Watching and skiing with my oldest daughter down Slingshot at Big Mtn, Mt.
  • Seeing my first inversion at Big Mountain
  • The view looking NE from the Summit of Big Mtn ... Glacier Park peaks in the background
  • Skiing powder all day through the trees at Powder Mountain, wherein the snow was boot top (instep) level at the start and cuff to knee deep height by the end of the day
  • Watching a guy shoot off the top of Alberta Face (Wolf Creek) and take 3 turns to get to the bottom
  • And always the hot tub and a tallll gin and tonic at the end of a ski day smile.gif
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A 9 day stretch of skiing in 08. It started with 2 days at Steamboat Powdercats them off to Big Sky (ESA) and Bridger for 7 days. I didn't see the sun one day and each day had a minimum on 6" and some days with 20". I didn't see my skis the whole trip. 

post #10 of 12

Everyday skiing is notable & memorable.

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

A 9 day stretch of skiing in 08. It started with 2 days at Steamboat Powdercats them off to Big Sky (ESA) and Bridger for 7 days. I didn't see the sun one day and each day had a minimum on 6" and some days with 20". I didn't see my skis the whole trip. 


That sounds like my entire season at Baker in '07-08.  It was incredible.  I didn't count it as a trip, though, since it's my home area.

post #12 of 12
  1. First chairlift ride at Buck Hill 1976.  Not exactly a "trip" but I'd wanted to go there  to ski a real ski area for at least three years.
  2. Standing on top of the stairs between the parking lot and base lodge at Breckenridge catching my breath.  Just finished first midterms at Oklahoma and decided to go skiing, just got in the car and  drove there with skis and boot bag. Started snowing afternoon Had to buy chains to get back to motel, 2 feet+ of new snow top of Horseshoe Bowl the next morning.
  3. Return to skiing after 9 year family and career focused hiatus.  Standing on top of Sugar Mountain NC November 2006.
  4. Skiing with Bears at Blue Knob PA, Sugar NC, and Wintergreen VA the past two seasons
  5. Watching my son zip down and stop at the bottom of the easiest green by himself and hearing my daughter cheer as I help her learn to do the same.

Edited by crgildart - 10/21/10 at 7:29am
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