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Derivation of the term "bunny slope"?

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On the way back from the hill last week I referred to the gentle trail in front of the lodge as the "bunny slope." My wife asked me why I called it that, and as is often the case when she asks me a question, I had no good answer. I suspect this may be a generational thing - the "bunny slope" reference, that is. I looked on line without satisfaction. Thoughts?

David

post #2 of 10

Bunny as in soft, gentle, baby, refers to the lack of steepness or pitch of the trail or hillside.

Either that or it refers to tail showing, bottoms up!

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Good one, that.

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I found this for "bunny" which seems to fit.  If it's a woman or a child I could see the easy slope years ago being called the one for the bunnies.

 


"The word "bunny" first appeared in English in the 17th century as both a term for a pet rabbit and a term of endearment for a woman or young child. "Bunny" itself was a diminutive form of the earlier "bun," which in the 16th century was not only used for rabbits and as a term of endearment but applied to squirrels as well."

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Bunny hill?????  No wonder my students looked puzzled when I said "Let's all head over to the Benny Hill."roflmao.gif

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The first time I heard the reference it was about 6:30 at night and I was in Auburn, Maine. I was about 8 years old. (1970) We were going night skiing at a big mountain called Lost Valley. That's all I heard all night long was.....The Bunny Slope.

 

Truth is, the whole mountain is a bunny slope and it has taught thousands of kids how to ski. It is truely a...beginners mountain.

 

I was an instructor there for 2 years in the late '80's. That was great because of all the clinics I attended. In fact, by learning to be an instructor I learned to ski myself. It was a time when skiers were learning not to schuss, but to arc.

 

Oh yes...The bunny hill....where we all learned to ski.

 

Good one D1.

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The first time I heard the reference it was about 6:30 at night and I was in Auburn, Maine. I was about 8 years old. (1970) We were going night skiing at a big mountain called Lost Valley. That's all I heard all night long was.....The Bunny Slope.

 

Truth is, the whole mountain is a bunny slope and it has taught thousands of kids how to ski. It is truely a...beginners mountain.

 

I was an instructor there for 2 years in the late '80's. That was great because of all the clinics I attended. In fact, by learning to be an instructor I learned to ski myself. It was a time when skiers were learning not to schuss, but to arc.

 

Oh yes...The bunny hill....where we all learned to ski.

 

Good one D1.



Lost Valley - where I learned to ski too. I was about 7 or 8. Nothing like skiing through the woods at night with the lights shining and Beatles and Petula Clark tunes wafting through the frigid air. Mittens riding handless up the rope tow, and pig piles too. That was magic. And 46 years later, it still is.

David

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Since posting the original question I have given the answer too much thought. 

I believe the "bunny" term refers to the biological drive of the furry beasts to reproduce. The more reproduction, the busier the bunny's natural habitat. Consequently, the term "bunny slope" must refer to the busiest spot on the mountain. And perhaps the proclivity of those on it to reproduce indiscriminately.

 

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I need to spend more time on the bunny.

 

Next question, what does "Warren" Miller really mean - anything to do with bunnies?

 

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                                                                   RABBIT WARREN

 

Now that is a bunny slope.

 

David

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