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  1. #1
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    RIP Grampa Grunt

    X-post from ECRC, since no doubt there are mags far and wide who have spent a night or two at Grampa Grunt's Lodge while skiing at Jay.

    It is the end of an era in Montgomery Center, VT. Grampa Grunt's Lodge Facebook page reports that Grampa Grunt, AKA Ted Quintin, died this morning. Every ski area has its cast of characters, and he certainly was one of the Jay area legends. No news yet on the fate of the lodge, apparently there will be a memorial in MC in the next few weeks.

    Some friends of mine stayed there on their first trip to Jay Peak, and were pretty impressed at the hospitality they received. Here is an excerpt from Will's great TR on the trip:

    "We checked into Grampas Grunt's at about 10pm, Sunday, Feb. 13. Even when checking in you could sense that this was a place of history, a place of legends and with tales of the mountain to suit. Gramps got us checked into our room and informed us there would be no breakfast the next morning as he had a poker game to get to that night....

    .....We sat around the basement rec room; Gramps shared some stories of the 80’s, when the hostel was truly the place to be in the east. The wall mounted snowboards and skis, beer stained floors and dim lit atmosphere certainly made you think: that if only these walls could talk."

    When I emailed Will about the passing of Grampa Grunt, he replied: "Wow, that's crazy news, I am thankful to have met him when I did. What a character, the best greasy breakfast anyone has ever made me."

    Some Grampa Grunt's Lodge atmosphere:


    What's your story from Grampa Grunt's?
    "... Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to your body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much: I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those deskbound people with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this: you will outlive the bastards." Edward Abbey

    Love Jay Peak? Hate Jay Peak? You might enjoy the The Real Jay Peak Snow Report

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    man, i stayed there a number of times back in the mid 90s. big storms, big grins and big b0ngs! the downstairs game room or whatever was full on hippie central. a very comfortable, welcoming place to spend a few days chasing the best pow in the east.

    RIP old man.

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    I 'lived' there for a month or so in the spring of '05 when my winter housing gave out before the snow did. My room didn't have any mirrors on the ceiling, but it did bunk beds..

    RIP old man.

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    Wow what a character he was. I got to stay in the 70's-themed waterbed room with the mirror on the ceiling, the party room/kitchen in the basement was just epic. It was originally "Granny Grunts" in the 70's then there was a divorce, I think Granny left










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    Wow. If only those walls could talk. Actually, . . . its better they don't. Good times were had.

    RIP
    The Passion is in the Risk

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    Never been there. I hope it stays open. Sorry to hear this.

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    RIP Grampa I stayed there 3 years in a row and that place along with Jay Peak made me decide to move West for better skiing. He would make the BEST breakfast for all his guests, biscuits n gravy. Big loss. My first time there the guests that were in our room got lost on the mountain (obviously they couldn't check out) so gramps let us sleep in an available suite. Those guys were eventually found and had to burn parts of their ski boots to stay warm. Was driving there one winter and the wind chill hit -30 degrees, the oil in my engine turned to sludge (after a 13hr drive) when I parked it for 20 min. Luckily I was able to coast it in neutral down the hill to a garage. Love that place. Dammit. Grampa loved his pull tabs. Thanks Grampa Grunt. You will be missed.
    Last edited by AK47bp; 09-22-2012 at 01:22 PM.

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    Waffle with Ben & Jerry's ice cream on it, served by Grampa Grunt himself, was still one of my favorite ski morning breakfasts ever....

    RIP

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    RIP to an East Coast LEGEND, never personally stayed there but I've heard a lot stories... and GG was the man!

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    Damn, sorry to hear this.

    The honeymoon suite at Grampa's was sweet. Mirrors on the ceiling, sparkly tassels stapled to the top of the 2x4 framed water bed, shag carpet stapled to the bed 2x4 bed frame, a pile of porn on VHS.

    Breakfast was not to be missed.

    I vaguely remember setting an everclear bottle on fire while myself and three others rode a mattress down the stairs to the common area - the hippies were not amused, maybe cause we were naked. And I burned the shit outta myself.

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    Thanks for chiming in with the memories. Good to see that Grampa Grunt has made it to Powder Magazine and they will do a feature on the lodge in November.
    http://www.powdermag.com/stories/gra...t-passes-away/

    The article notes that his son Brad will carry on running the lodge. This is a good thing, Brad is a good guy.
    "... Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to your body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much: I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those deskbound people with their hearts in a safe deposit box and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this: you will outlive the bastards." Edward Abbey

    Love Jay Peak? Hate Jay Peak? You might enjoy the The Real Jay Peak Snow Report

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    Brads a good guy. If he had a nickel for every time he had to help dig some city slickers car out of the lodge parking lot he would have a lot of nickels.

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    Wow. I missed this too. It used to be my crash pad when I would do 3 day weekends in college. Awesome breakfast and all kinds of debauchery in the game room.

    I remember one time I brought a chick up and when I walked in and said hello, Gramps winked and said "You know, it's almost a full house and I'd have to put you guys in bunk beds. but I've got an apartment down the street with a whirlpool bath that isn't rented out for the weekend and you guys can stay in for the same price. You'll probably be more comfortable there". We were. I fucked the litte lady all over that place and it dumped 12"+ both friday and saturday night. What a great weekend.

    RIP, Grandpa Grunt.
    Going where the wind don't blow so strange
    Maybe on some high cold mountain range

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    This thread delivers. RIP GG

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    Stayed at Grunts a few times, good stuff. Anyone remember the playboy channel? Soft-core 24/7.

    Reminds me of some epic days at Jay. Skiing big jay with no beacon and no idea when I was about 14. So deep.

    rest in peace GG.
    Drive slow, homie.

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    He was a very cool guy. I grew up with his kids and had alot of fun partying there. End of an era for sure.

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    I've been out of touch (as not blogging much in the last few months). Slowly catching up.

    I did a piece on Ski Mad World's Monday Mad Attic two Winter's ago.

    http://madpatski.wordpress.com/2011/...ic-jay-peak-3/

    These places are from another time...although I've never stayed there, they were many "cultured and atmosphered" places all over went I was a kid. Places that were so tied in to what I remember about ski culture as a kid. I'm sure Mister Multiglisse will agree.
    Ski Mad World
    A blog of MadPat's World: A History of Skiing Geography
    http://madpatski.wordpress.com

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    Chiming in here late. Have nothing but fond memories of this place.

    First time we went up there was freshman year at college. As grampy is checking us in he asks "you guys are all 18 right" we all nod yes and he lines up a row of snapps shots which we proceed to down.

    Spent new years there in 2006 I think? terrible conditions but breakfast had several pitchers of bloody marys to continue our buzz. The basement was overall epic with "recreational activities" suggested to be done near the fireplace.

    RIP Grampy.
    Don't worry scro, I know lots of tards living real kick ass lives.

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