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  1. #10651
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    Quote Originally Posted by toast2266 View Post
    That pretty much sums up my Sun Valley experience. We were on a little mountain collective road trip and just finished skiing pow in Aspen and SLC. Roll in to Sun Valley with my fully rockered skis and dull as fuck edges. I see multiple people in the parking lot tuning up the edges on their carvers with a file. I chuckle to myself, because that seems ridiculous.

    Turns out they were right. I was wrong. Off groomed is mostly grass, with maybe 10" of crusty horribleness on top (but it was open!). Groomers are icy death luges. Dull, rockered skis were not the weapon of choice. Racey dudes (and ladies) on carvers were blowing my doors off. I really could've gone for some razor sharp carvers that day. Lesson learned.
    Exactly like the days I spent there a couple years ago right down to the MC tour. Much tempting off piste but plagued with a knee twisting crust.

    It is why everyone needs a Brahma or equivalent in their quiver. You're not going to keep up with the polished ice skis but you can have fun.

    I really enjoyed SV. Especially the day I skied solo. Funky mix of funky cool locals and jerry's on the chairs. And nobody knows or has ever skied with anyone from Iowa.

    Sent from my SM-G991U1 using Tapatalk

  2. #10652
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    Quote Originally Posted by uglymoney View Post
    …nobody knows or has ever skied with anyone from Iowa
    You’re something of a unicorn, fer shure.

  3. #10653
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    Iowa - is that potatoes or corn ???

    CK

  4. #10654
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meadow Skipper View Post
    You’re something of a unicorn, fer shure.
    Too unicorn. At this point in my life I need a bit more time running with a herd and less time being "that guy'. I mean listening to Cody Townsend blather on Blister is good, but not the same as real life like minded friends even half as smart as those dudes.

    Bob there is a chance I swing back through there this year. My wife and parents aren't interested in dealing with Yurp and the covid test to get back home in March with the chance of getting stuck. So if there is snow a south swing is probably in the works. Would love to take some more laps with you if I do. Then again you should go ski in Yurp.

    Anyway, back to gaper quotes.

  5. #10655
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    Quote Originally Posted by uglymoney View Post
    Bob there is a chance I swing back through there this year…Would love to take some more laps with you if I do.
    Let’s go!

  6. #10656
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shredhead View Post
    I skied Sun Valley in 1976 during the first Black Ski Congress. I had a brand new Obermyer ski suit with yellow strips.

    The Bro’s had a ball and I was the “yellow streak”.
    Are you sure they weren't saying you had a yellow streak?

  7. #10657
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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeJ View Post
    So… like, Sun Valley is fun for sure, but to circle back… to say the terrain there is “much more difficult” than anything in Tahoe is ridiculous. I mean, come on. GTFO of here. One of the dumber things I’ve heard lately.
    Dude. That's why it's in the Best gaper quote thread. skiJ

    ps. Please take a lap.

  8. #10658
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    Quote Originally Posted by dgilligan02 View Post
    .... it’s James Caan.
    .
    who's james cann?

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    "we all do dumb shit when we're fucked up"
    mike tyson

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    Quote Originally Posted by romeo tango View Post
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    who's james cann?

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    He was the dad in Elf.

  10. #10660
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    James Caan




    as 'Brian Picollo'




    or 'Sonny Corleone'


    skiJ

  11. #10661
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    Quote Originally Posted by skiJ View Post
    Dude. That's why it's in the Best gaper quote thread. skiJ

    ps. Please take a lap.
    It was my post. The lap is all yours.
    I ski 135 degree chutes switch to the road.

  12. #10662
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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeJ View Post
    Some guy on Facebook: “obviously you never skied here, the runs are much more difficult than anything in the Tahoe area.”

    He’s referring to Sun Valley. Lol…

    (For the record I quite enjoyed SV last time I was out that way)

    OKay - Got it. yours is the Best gaperific post in the past week. Salute !


    Warm Springs, non-stop ? you lead...


    skiJ

  13. #10663
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    Best Gaper qoute of the weekend?

    I’m down for some groomer hot laps when conditions make off piste not fun. Sure thing. Heading to Montana first week of December and plan to hit Sun Valley on the way home.

    Hey, everyone talks shit about “Flatstar” in Tahoe but it has some of the best tree skiing anywhere - it’s all relative and I love Sun Valley for what it is.
    I ski 135 degree chutes switch to the road.

  14. #10664
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    Sorry to continue the hijack. In 1978 (we never got to the top in 76-77 the winter of no snow) all of the local crew would gather at the top first run to smoke a bowl. Then it was non-stop to the bottom of Warm springs (usually Psyco in front). If you were still with the group at the chair, that was the shake out. Those of us who couldn't keep up never saw 'em again - until the next day.

    CK

  15. #10665
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    cool story, bro.

  16. #10666
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    Snowboarder at Mammoth Mountain on November 7, 2021 after riding down from the top of Chair 3: "hey do you know if there's like, more to this mountain, or is this it?"
    ((. The joy I get from skiing...
    .))
    ((. That's worth living for.
    .))

  17. #10667
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    this^^^

    klixter -
    hardly a hijack - this is the gaper thread !

    I'm thinking SV's got lot more open terrain than it had in '76, And a lot more people...
    I was struggling to figure-out how you could lose part of your crew for the rest of the day on an opening run... (?)

    trees, Safety meetings and smoke shacks, ,,, and then I had a thought -



    fixed-grip double chairs.
    I had my own experience with that as recently as 1994 (and 2008)...

    ... some things moved more slowly in the 1970s. . .
    ( it sure felt like it to me )


    ' enjoyed your story - thanks !

    skiJ

  18. #10668
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    Glad you liked it. Among those of us still doing it, it still goes on. Except it's usually in the bowls.

    CK

  19. #10669
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    Best Gaper qoute of the weekend?

    “I love paying 30% less for crappy snow.”
    - My Houston-dwelling sister about her family’s pre-Thanksgiving trip to Summit County

    (On the plus-side I think they dropped a boat-load of money at bamboocoreonly’s shop.)

  20. #10670
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    At the bottom of Hershey Highway snow board instructor says: "if you pass someone on a cat track you're skiing too fast."

    I LOL.

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    Is it "passing someone" If you just can't slow down?

  22. #10672
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopeless Sinner View Post
    At the bottom of Hershey Highway snow board instructor says: "if you pass someone on a cat track you're skiing too fast."

    I LOL.
    Who'd he say it to? Probably good advice for someone taking a group lesson.

  23. #10673
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    Quote Originally Posted by old goat View Post
    Who'd he say it to? Probably good advice for someone taking a group lesson.
    She said that to me and after laughing I asked her if the slowest person on the hill sets the pace for everyone. It's a private lesson, not a private mountain.

  24. #10674
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    Quote Originally Posted by da klixter View Post
    Is it "passing someone" If you just can't slow down?

    Does "can't slow down" equate to being out of control?


    Obviously if someone does something unexpected in front of us that would be a case where you can't slow down quickly enough is not the same as being ooc, imo.

  25. #10675
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopeless Sinner View Post
    She said that to me and after laughing I asked her if the slowest person on the hill sets the pace for everyone. It's a private lesson, not a private mountain.
    Fair enough. Legit gaper quote.

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