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Old 12-11-2012, 02:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Skiing.

Haven't been a real active skier since the mid 90's. Back then neon gear was still popular, snow boards were just becoming accepted on the hill ( I still remember the controversy when they opened the first snow board half pipe!) AND skis were normal width. I waslooking at skis the other day and my God, what the Hell is going on? Why are new skis suddenly like two snowboards with downhill bindings on them? Even the "skinny" ones are twice as wide as what we used to ski on. How does one turn on these monsters?

I hit the jackpot in Nelson BC yesterday however: Brand new, old school skinny skis still in shrink wrap plastic from the 90's for $50 a piar, BRAND NEW IN THE PLASTIC.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I wish I still had the knees that I had in the 80's.
Getting old sucks, eh?

No more double black diamond runs for me that is for sure.
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Grew up in Colorado and never hit the slopes with anything other than a big ole inner tube. Tubing almost killed me twice.

My Aunt & Uncle went up to Winter Park to watch the skiers when their daughter was on a ski trip. They loved watching the skiing going on. They even watched the ski patrol bring down a hurt skier from the slopes. Turned out it was their daughter who messed up her knee.

My Austrian buddies ski at least a couple of times a year and she is a great skier. She lived at the bottom of a slope in her hometown where her Dad operated the ski lift.
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It isn't the age as much as the damage earned by enjoying the bumps.

I think Motorcycling and downhill skiing share a lot of the same sensations and other features. Fun by yourself or with a group. The challenge and satisfaction of learning new skills. Fun stuff!
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I love skiing. Haven't had a chance to do much since moving to eastern North Carolina though. I sold my skis when I moved out of PA and haven't even looked at new stuff.
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:35 PM   #7 (permalink)
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It isn't the age as much as the damage earned by enjoying the bumps.

I think Motorcycling and downhill skiing share a lot of the same sensations and other features. Fun by yourself or with a group. The challenge and satisfaction of learning new skills. Fun stuff!
I often tell people commuting on the motorcycle is like skiing to work.
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I just got a ski pass again this year after taking like eight years off, its fun to be up there again, and it took me about five seconds to remember how to do it.

You should check some of those new skis out, its a whole new world, takes a lot less pressure to turn the ski since they have huge sidecuts.
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I just got a ski pass again this year after taking like eight years off, its fun to be up there again, and it took me about five seconds to remember how to do it.

You should check some of those new skis out, its a whole new world, takes a lot less pressure to turn the ski since they have huge sidecuts.
Less effort to turn a wide ski? How do they handle moguls? Groomed runs, spring ice and slush?

I hate powder, always have.
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