Skiing: A Life to Live

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Skiing: A Life to Live

Postby Amit Baruch » Fri Dec 08, 2000 4:04 pm

Making snow would be cool, but what about the vertical?
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Postby Chris Smorul » Sun Jan 14, 2001 1:23 pm

So here I am sitting at home with some crazy stomach flu when you know where I'd rather be. I skied my first Black last time out and I can't wait to get back on top to do it again. My next day off is Wednesday, I guarentee I'll be at Blue Mountain at the top of Challenger.
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Postby brittney » Tue Jan 16, 2001 10:28 pm

Hey there boys...hmmm so I get this email from Amit off of the skiing web site and decided to check it out. Not bad, but a little hard to navigate this first time. I will get there. <BR> <BR>As far as the stories go-sorry to the Texans...suckers! I spent my summers as a kid there (Hereford/Amarillo), and I can honestly say I don't miss it. I don't care about A/C-100 degrees is just too damn hot. <BR> <BR>I started skiing at the age of 4. This will be my 23rd year skiing and the 7th teaching skiing, and new to me this year teaching beginning boarding. <BR> <BR>So you guys are cruising to Angelfire huh? Any extra spots for a chick skiier? I have wanted to go there for years now, and I figure eventually I will get there! (even if it requires begging!) <BR> <BR>Nah-I don't think I could get the days off for about a year-new job with 3 days off-I just need to figure out how to get them all of in a row! <BR> <BR>So I guess I will say goodbye for now-As far as you go Amit...I am teaching up at Snoqualmie, so if you guys get a wild hair and are going to head up that way, let me know by email a couple days ahead of time. I will see how many awesome skiier/boarder buds I can get to hook up with you and take you places you have never known were up there! If you have never been to Alpental-GO! Watch put for the trees-unless that is what you like-us locals know! :-) <BR> <BR>Brittney at <A HREF="mailto:off2ski2000@yahoo.com">off2ski2000@yahoo.com</A> <BR> <BR>By the way-what are the average skiing levels of all of you guys? If you just started in 99, I am thinking hard blue/diamond level? Am I close or am I way off? You guys need your photos on the website too so we can see who you are!
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Postby Tony Crocker » Thu Jan 18, 2001 1:15 pm

In terms of "instant obsession", I blew out my ACL on my second day in 1976 but still came back for more. The knee was swollen for 3 months, but I am among a fortunate 10% minority not to lose stability without an ACL. <BR> <BR>I became reasonably competent with 30 days in 1978-79, still the best natural snow year I have ever seen in Southern California. Since then I have averaged 26 days per season, and also spend a similar amount of off-slope time working on my Guide to Snowfall website, <A HREF="http://members.aol.com/crockeraf" TARGET="_top">http://members.aol.com/crockeraf</A>. <BR> <BR>Warning to new addicts: It will get worse. I've had 5 trips to Canada since 1997 to get more powder.
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Postby Admin » Thu Jan 25, 2001 1:16 pm

Geez, the thread that would not die ... <BR> <BR>As for photos, Brittney: some have 'em, some don't ... see <A HREF="http://www.FirstTracksOnline.com/staff.htm" TARGET="_top">http://www.FirstTracksOnline.com/staff.htm</A>, or choose the "About Us"->"Meet Our Staff" options in the drop-down Table of Contents, above. <BR> <BR>OK, I'll bite. 31 years of ski experience here out of 34 on planet Earth. Got into it early when my father was Director of Engineering for Head Ski Co. back in the late 60s/early 70s. Patrolled Jay Peak for 8 years. Obsession? I get 25-30 days a year, despite the fact that I'm stuck in SW Florida. This magazine costs me +/- 5 hours per day, in addition to other full-time employment. <BR> <BR>See? It's not a lifestyle, it's a life.
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Postby Chris Smorul » Tue Feb 27, 2001 9:18 pm

Sorry to have been away from the immorttal thread but all my free time has been on the slopes. I have been out 37 times this year so far and am looking forward to a cold March here in N/W New Jersey. I was looking at all my accumulated lift passes this year and was wondering why I didn't buy a pass. But, like my ex-wife always told me, I can't commit to one thing...lol. There are just too many places to ski in this area. I haven't made to Plattekill yet, have done Hunter on a very uncrowded weekday. It was awesome. Plattekill is next I think. My experience? I put on skis for the first time last february.
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Postby Amit Baruch » Thu Jul 05, 2001 2:24 pm

Wow, what a season. I have just come up for air after the most dismal season I have experienced in my short skiing career. The good news is that I started several good friends off on life-long addictions to snow riding. The bad news is that I have been working so hard (and the snow was so bad) that I got too few days on the hill and even fewer behind the computer. <BR> <BR>The really good news, however, is that my sports marketing/promotions company is putting together an 11-city West Coast film premier tour for Teton Gravity Research. In October, I will be spending 30 days on the road with the film crew and the athletes promoting the tour and attending the premier parties. I hope to ski Jackson Hole (and anywhere else) with the TGR gang this coming season. It turns out that even when I'm busting my hump to make a living and not on the mountains, the path always leads back to skiing. <BR> <BR>Who else is out there reading along during these hot summer days? Marc, I'm sure you're around. Give me a call or drop a line. How about Brittney, the Snoqualmie instructor? Are you still around? <BR> <BR>Please drop me a line as I have some other snow related marketing clients I'd love to discuss with the readers and get some ides for. Thanks.
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Postby Admin » Thu Jul 05, 2001 2:55 pm

The thread that would not die ... <BR> <BR>Who else is around? Not many in here, it seems. A little bit more "community" sense would likely work, but that never caught on around here. Pity, really. No-Bull Reports were always "Just the facts, ma'am!" and although readership traffic is higher than ever, folks never really gravitated to these forums. Ideas are welcome on that front. <BR> <BR>Amit, good to hear from you ... I thought that you dropped off the face of the earth. Remember, bud ... you still owe me some material. <IMG SRC="http://www.firsttracksonline.com/discus2/clipart/wink.gif"> <BR> <BR>And BTW, congratulations at the early success of your business endeavors.
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Postby Admin » Thu Jul 05, 2001 2:56 pm

I should've mentioned, Amit ... feel free to join us in the chat room at 9 pm EDT / 6 pm PDT tonight.
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Postby Chris Smorul » Sun Jul 29, 2001 10:55 pm

Dismal season???????????????? Not sure where you were sking but here in the east the snow was great. I can only pray that the snow gods deliver this year what they gave us last year.
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Postby Chris Smorul » Sun Jul 29, 2001 10:58 pm

By the way,,,,,I have had my ski boots on at least 6 times so far this summer,,,,lol.
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Postby Amit Baruch » Wed Aug 01, 2001 6:19 pm

You guys in the east got all our NW snow. We were pretty dry. I got to ski every type of ice imaginable, but very few powder days--even Cascade powder.
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Postby Jimme Quinn Ross » Mon Aug 20, 2001 2:54 pm

Waiting for Killington to open. . .9 weeks to go. . .
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Postby Chris Smorul » Fri Sep 14, 2001 8:33 pm

Its Mid-september..I can start to feel the season changing. Wooooooooohooooooooooo, i saw my breath for the first time since last april. My new sticks are in the shop getting mounted and i am sitting here in my ski boots. The only thing wrong with this picture is the memory of those <BR>B*STARDS and what they did last tuesday. I fear this winter may be quite different from last. God save us and God bless America!!!!!
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Postby Chris Smorul » Sat Sep 29, 2001 6:09 pm

OK, Where the heck is everyone?
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