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Thread: The MIGHTY Wilmot Mountain WI
09-05-2012, 10:58 PM #1
The MIGHTY Wilmot Mountain WI
I was wondering how many maggots made their first turns or any turns. Despite being... well... a dump, it produced quite a few really good skiers and skiing innovators / innovations.
I was talking to my brother about skis today and he told me that
"Well as kids we skied with the founder of 4frnt."
"Matt Sterbenz, you know Kyle Luke and Matt"
I knew him only as part of the trio of Kyle, Luke, and Matt, the "best skiers on the mountain", and that all three (i think) had some spots in films and magazines. They were the ones who did the first 720, 1080, etc. that I ever saw. They were about 5-6 years older than me and basically gods as an 8 to 12 year old.
Dozens of other people I know from my little circle have went on to become die hard (and really good) skiers.
There was a ski special on that was talking about how many people got started skiing at Wilmot. Helmut Teichnerper, the founder of its ski school taught 500,000 people how to ski (indirectly).
If you've never been its about 3/4 of a mile wide and 250' tall with 8 chairlifts. It's basically a skier's nightmare, a big wide open slope that has almost no trees, but a relentless supply of amazing gapers being delivered to the top.
It looks like this:
Full History - But some highlights - one of the first places to use snow making and contributed to snow making technology considerably, first "groomer" ie tractor with 2x6"s on the tracks, and one of the first night skiing operations.
Another notable from the 230' wonder JT Robinson
I'm sure there are more from other generations.
So anyone want to claim Wilmot as their stomping ground?
09-05-2012, 11:02 PM #2
Well, BITD, I raced CMSC events a few times there."I wouldn't recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me." - Hunter S. Thompson
09-05-2012, 11:59 PM #3Registered User
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grew up in chicago. wilmot every friday night. skied tons of nastar. now i'm a mammoth skier since i moved to CA in 1986.
09-06-2012, 08:10 AM #4
Yep, Snowflake Ski Club, Level D, attained at Wilmot MountainLet me lock in the system at Warp 2
Push it on into systematic overdrive
You know what to do
09-06-2012, 08:48 AM #5
I grew up in Mt. Prospect. IL and skied at Wilmot. My first time on skis was at Alpine Valley when I was 16."I think next week I'll be able to send some more money as I may have extra work. My friend Patty promised me a blow job"
09-06-2012, 10:34 AM #6
I skied and raced at Wilmot, Majestic Hills, Playboy Club, Alpine Valley, as well as Little Switzerland, Sunburst (used to be Wunderberg) and the private places like Holy Hill, Fox Hill or the Johnny come lately Ausblick. It was by no means my first times on skis. By '72 I was pretty much doing only USSA A races in Michigan and Minnesota.
Wilmot is on the WI-IL border and the a little ski place just over the border in IL used to be called Gander Mountain; it was a few poma lifts. Did Wilmot absorb it or is it defunct?
After races in the late 60s and early 70s we used to build huDge kicker jumps and practice our daffys and tipdrops. I remember Scott Kennett sessioning that stuff with us. Did a camp with Cary Adgate there too.Merde De Glace
09-06-2012, 11:11 AM #7
Break out the Slaloms, make some turns, and repeat!
09-06-2012, 11:26 AM #8
[QUOTE=skier666;3730619]Break out the Slaloms, make some turns, and repeat!
skier666 - I never skip one of your TR's and as soon as I saw this post and saw that you replied I knew it was going to be this TR...! Absolutely one of the best and classic TR's...! Unfortunately for me it is my reality, but luckily I get at least 3 trips out West...
09-06-2012, 11:37 AM #9
Grew up in Kenosha. Grew up skiing Wilmot, Americana (Playboy), Little Switzerland...there was this tiny place on the South side of Lake Geneva that was cheap and the owner's son built HUDGE jumps...can't remeber the name though.
Special trips were to: Majestic and Devil's Head. Once a year to the UP - Blackjack and Indianhead. AND...the weeklong trip to grandma's in Galena = 5 days at Chestnut!It makes perfect sense...until you think about it.
09-06-2012, 01:35 PM #10
Majestic Hills was on the S. side of Lake Geneva.Merde De Glace
09-06-2012, 02:02 PM #11
I used to tear up Wilmot. Damn good pizza in the lodge too. Nothing like man made ice bumps and gs courses where the losing time is 19seconds!
09-06-2012, 02:11 PM #12
First time I was ever on skis was at Wilmot !
Late 1960's with my Boy Scout troop. I was in leather boots, wooden skis, and beartrap leather strap bindings from some old mans garage. I did one run, straightlined the whole mountain right into a fence at the bottom.
Scared the shit out of me and I did not ski again for another 20 years."Zee damn fat skis are ruining zee piste !" -Oscar Schevlin
"Hike up your skirt and grow a dick you fucking crybaby" -what Bunion said to Harry at the top of The Headwaters
09-06-2012, 03:17 PM #13
I skied there once in High School...that was the suck.
Even the good stuff in the Midwest (Marquette, Bohemia, Indian Head, Whitecap) was the suck, but not the bottom dweller Wilmot SuckMusic: http://soundcloud.com/powtron
"You should have been here yesterday...", said everyone I know.
09-06-2012, 06:31 PM #14
I grew learned to ski there too!
To quote a friend "I learned to ski in the midwest, I can make turns on a hockey rink".
09-06-2012, 07:48 PM #15COWHAMPSHIRE PARADISE
SKI THE EAST
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cuz it ain't fucking cool
09-06-2012, 08:16 PM #16
How 'bout some love for Alpine Valley!
Last edited by schwerty; 09-07-2012 at 05:39 AM.
09-06-2012, 08:38 PM #17
It was my local ex-garbage dump, laps and laps and laps, mostly sitting on the lift
09-06-2012, 08:43 PM #18
Not from Wilmot myself, but I've skied with a few tele skiers in Utah from there, including the one mentioned by OP. Wilmot produces some sick talent.
The Midwest creates some dedicated skiers.
09-06-2012, 09:54 PM #19
By going there at least once a year during xmas, it helps make Kirkwood feel like Chamonix...
09-07-2012, 09:33 AM #20
I grew up in Milwaukee and skied every one of the places you mentioned. Became a junior National Ski patrolman in the late 70's and patrolled at Wilmont, Alpine Valley and Wunderberg. Made my first big turns at Little Switzerland. I think it had 125' of vertical. The hill overlooked the Slinger stock car track and the lodge had Swiss architecture with huge speakers that blasted out music to the hill. Songs with lots of yodeling, and the Limelighters' (?) classic "They Called Him Super Skier." We didn't need no stink'n I-pods!
Real men ride rope tows and ski bear trap bindings!Gravity Junkie
09-07-2012, 10:32 AM #21Merde De Glace
09-07-2012, 12:45 PM #22
I'm a fox point and mequon guy. My In laws live off the little Swiss exit. Brings back memories every time I pass it. Holy Hill was a damn fun hill!
09-07-2012, 12:49 PM #23
Wauwatosa West class of 69'.Gravity Junkie
09-07-2012, 01:28 PM #24
Heiliger Huegel fun hill, especially the N. wall in the woods.Merde De Glace
09-07-2012, 01:39 PM #25Gravity Junkie