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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Hit the slopes!

I'm going West for Thanksgiving week, and one of the things I'm planning to do is ski.

My mother moved to Colorado in the 80's, so I've gone skiing there a lot, and have been to all of the major resorts.

A place out there that I have skied at a few times, even once in June, is Arapahoe Basin. It was actually 32º at the summit that day, so conditions were excellent.

Another time I went skiing in August in the French Alps, at a place called Tignes. Only the upper part of the mountain, which has a glacier, was skiable...it was August, after all. I got quite sunburnt that day, too.

The last place I went skiing was at Stowe in Vermont; this is actually on Mt. Mansfield, which is the highest point in Vermont. I had just about let last ski season slip away, so my brother and I (et al) went up there in April for the end of the season.
(Most of the other ski areas in the Northeast had already closed)

A different ski area in Vermont that I have frequented is Killington. This is the biggest ski resort in the East, in terms of skiable acreage, since it is spread out over 6 mountains.

When I retire, I'm planning to join the Hawaii Ski Club...


Blogger MargeinMI said...

There you go again Mr. Trades. ;o) Do you also skydive and bungee jump?

Today's word: YUMWZEYW!

You can scream it when you take off over the edge!

November 16, 2005 7:01 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Here I go again, yes. It's fun being me, sometimes.

To answer your question...sky dive, no; high dive, yes. I don't bungee jump, but I have rappeled out of helicopters, and hundreds of feet underground...

November 16, 2005 7:11 AM  
Blogger boberin said...

Jealousy rears it's ugly head over here as well. Then again, I like my knees so I'll pass on skiing.

November 16, 2005 7:13 AM  
Blogger boberin said...

Been snow tubing a few times, that's a blast, especially with the kids

November 16, 2005 7:15 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Knees? Who needs 'em?!

Mine have been shot for years...

November 16, 2005 7:45 AM  
Blogger boberin said...

They come in handy some days. Lately, even w/o skiing, the right one doesn't seem to love me as much as it once did and that's not even the one I've had operated on.
Maybe that's the problem

November 16, 2005 7:48 AM  
Blogger Rich said...

He lets other family members handle the skydiving and bungee jumping :P

November 16, 2005 8:00 AM  
Blogger cave_nate said...

think skydiving is easier on the knees. as long as you got that landing thing right. All these gravity sports area bit though on the body…

November 16, 2005 8:01 AM  
Blogger cave_nate said...

Rich you jump?

November 16, 2005 8:02 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

It wasn't skiing that ruint m'knees.

You know dat's right, brother o' mine!

Well, I think the knees are the least of your worries, if you DON'T get that "landing thing" right...and you know that's right, too!!!

If: biggest two-letter word in the English language.

PS: FYI Nate, my brother Richard not only jumps, he also flies the plane sometimes. The one in his picture, in fact.
(Just not both simultaneously...)

November 16, 2005 8:10 AM  
Blogger cave_nate said...

i thought dat he be your kin. i just didn't know his name. hello there !

November 16, 2005 8:13 AM  
Blogger boberin said...

Ah yes, the big "if"
Hi Rich, good to meet you

November 16, 2005 8:34 AM  
Blogger Libby Gone™ said...

If and when you retire I WANT YOUR JOB!!! So I can have 26 weeks of vacation a year! HA HA!

November 16, 2005 8:46 AM  
Blogger boberin said...

libby, don't forget that it's 6 hours a day when he is working
Shoot me now

November 16, 2005 9:11 AM  
Blogger The trotting Possum said...


My legs don't work very well. Can I sit on my hinder and sled down the slope? Maybe lock the brakes on the wheelchair? That sounds like fun. Maybe with the Vonage "Kill Bill" stupid song playing in the background.

Have fun, and remember Sonny Bono!

November 16, 2005 9:12 AM  
Blogger kwl said...

I am heading to UTAH for Turkey bird tomorrow. This is where my family will be skiing.
Check it out sometime. One of the best kept secrets in North America and the best skiing there is.

I don't ski anymore because of my back but I still get up there just to breathe that clear thin air and marvel at the view. On clear days you can see into Wyoming and Idaho.

Have a great thanksgiving everyone and stay safe!!!

November 16, 2005 10:14 AM  
Blogger boberin said...

It's called tubing and it would be perfect for you!
And, it's pretty cool too

November 16, 2005 10:43 AM  
Blogger JR said...

I'm too lazy to ski anymore... Give me one of those “ATV Type Snowmobile” any time... Now that would be fun...

November 16, 2005 12:27 PM  
Blogger 'da Bunny said...

You go right ahead and ski, Jack. I'll just sit here in the lodge by the fireplace with my hot chocolate or my spiked coffee. :-)

I have a feeling if I even attempted skiing that I would probably pull a "Sonny Bono", or at the very least, BREAK something!

Have fun Jack, and be safe!

November 16, 2005 1:23 PM  
Blogger RAM said...

Only went skiing once in my life. When I was stationed in Germany, a group of us went to Austria. I was still young enough to try it out.

It wasn't that hard to ski. The instructor said to just relax your knees and use them like "shock absorbers".

Just wish I had spent a little more time paying attention to the "stopping part". If all else fails, just sit down. At least that is what I did. I then saw a child of about 6 or 7 years old come flying at me. I covered my head as he got near. He did a Wayne Gretsky stop and said, "Are you all right mister?"

I was too embarrassed to answer him very loud! lol

The resort was in Burchessgarden (sp) in Saltsburg. Supposed to be where Hitler hid out after the war.

Beautiful place. Could lay a blanket out on the snow it wasn't even cold.

Of course I was about 21 years old then, it may be a little different now, particularly the being brave enough to ski the slope part!

November 16, 2005 2:59 PM  
Blogger Beerme said...

Sounds very cool!

Hope you have fun. I have been skiing here in the midwest for the past fifteen years. Took the family for a Christmas vacation at an all inclusive resort (lessons!) and we've been schussing ever since. We went to Killington a few years ago. The skiing was superb! I can only imagine how good it is in Colorado and Utah! I'm used to lame Michigan hills.

November 16, 2005 3:49 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Libby Gone™:
I only plan to work for about another 10 years, Lord willing. Of course, to take my place, you'll have to actually be qualified to do so. Not my decision though, sorry.

It's really 6 and a half hours per day that I'm at work, plus another half hour for brunch.

The trotting Possum:
You'd definitely have the option of sitting and sliding in one of those snow tubes. I've tried it myself once, just because, and it was fun. Sonny Bono, yes...a shame, that.

Utah is great; I've spent a bit of time there. Park City is a nice place to ski, too.

Too lazy to ski?! There's a powered lift to take you up the hill, and gravity to bring you back down; how much effort is that?!

'da Bunny:
Thanks, I will.

My father got me started at skiing when I was pretty young, so there was no fear factor to speak of. It can be a bit daunting once a person reaches adulthood, but everyone is different.

Very cool indeed, literally and figuratively. But you knew that...

November 16, 2005 4:08 PM  
Blogger Libby Gone™ said...

Have fun and watch out for Sonny Bono eating trees!

November 16, 2005 6:27 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Libby Gone™:
Actually, I rather enjoy skiing through wooded areas...

November 16, 2005 11:49 PM  
Blogger MargeinMI said...


I'll join you at the fireplace. Perhaps a little mulled wine? I did my knees in years ago cross-country skiing. Don't even talk to me about downhill!

Be careful camo and have a great time!

November 17, 2005 7:50 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

If it gets too cold, I'll join you gals by the fireplace; my bones actually prefer Hawaii...

November 17, 2005 8:02 AM  

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