Where and When Did You Learn to Ski?

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  1. SShore

    SShore Getting on the lift Skier

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    For me it was Monarch Mountain, Christmas break 1972 (yes, I am old:ogcool:). Leather lace up boots, 150cm straight skis and scotch guarded blue jeans. Those were the days.
     
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  2. ADKmel

    ADKmel Instructor & Ski Bum Skier

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    1961-62 (crap I'm old too) Royal Mt. NY. .. ditto leather boots, wood skis no edges. rope tow and t-bar
     
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  3. crgildart

    crgildart Gravity Slave Skier

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    Back yards and farm hills of central Minnesota on way too BIG garage sale gear mid 1970s. First lift served skiing at Buck Hill around 1976.
     
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  4. Ken_R

    Ken_R Getting off the lift Skier

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    December 1984, Killington, Vt. I was 11. My family took us there for a few Xmas holidays. I remember there were some days with good snow but some absolutely brutally cold days and patches of pure ice were quite common. Havent seen ice like that on a ski slope since then. Bear Mountain looked so so tough to me then I could never imagine skiing it. The moguls looked the size of VW bugs to me. After a few years of going on holiday there we went to Beaver Creek and it was heaven.
     
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  5. Philpug

    Philpug Gathermeister--Utah Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    Where: 1975 Camelback Pa.
    When: Still trying to figure it out.
     
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  6. KingGrump

    KingGrump Most Interesting Man In The World Skier

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    After college, 1978, Scotch Valley, NY.
     
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  7. JonHammond

    JonHammond AKA roverdisco Skier

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    1984 Ober Gatlinburg. Suicide skis with Spademan bindings (lanyard, no brakes)!
     
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  8. Bill Miles

    Bill Miles Putting on skis Skier

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    1960, Snoqualmie Summit, Washington. Riding the ski school bus up on weekends.
     
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  9. Cheizz

    Cheizz Craving camber Skier

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    My first ski experience (six full days of instruction) was Am Feldberg (Germany), as a kid, somewhere in the late 80's. Then, 3 or so years later, another week of skiing (full day lessons) in Switzerland, near Scuol. I wasn't very good at teaching my body new movements - still bump into chairs and tables often. Had a private war with the drag lift too. It was a tragedy.

    But then - some 16 years later - I fell in love with a girl who skied, and her family did too. So she, some friends and I went to Val Thorens and I got hooked. This was Christmas 2010. Ever since, I've been addicted to skiing, traveling to the Alps a few times each season, taking lots of lessons and training on an indoor snow slope when I'm not able to make trips to the mountains. I get some 30-40 days in each season (indoor sessions not included). Not too bad.
     
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  10. surfsnowgirl

    surfsnowgirl Going into my 3rd season as an instructor Skier

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    I learned to snowboard in 2000 and ski blade in 2008 at Bear Mountain in southern California. When i switched to longer skis it was 2012 at Butternut in western Massachusetts.
     
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  11. avantskier

    avantskier Booting up Skier

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    ski: 1985, Nashoba Valley; been hooked ever since; my son started this winter at the same place, 1 year younger than when i started...circle of life or something :)
    snowboard: 1997, mt sunapee (~30 days of this and i was back to two sticks for good)
     
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  12. SBrown

    SBrown Chuck Norris Admin Pugski Ski Tester

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    1973, Copper
     
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  13. Jenny

    Jenny Getting on the lift Skier

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    1996, Caberfae Peaks, as an adult learner (age 33)

    pretty much straight skis, too big boots, jeans, tow rope - hated it

    took a few more times going out to start to enjoy it
     
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  14. Lorenzzo

    Lorenzzo Snow Skier Skier

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    I really think I learned to ski on the ponds and in the rinks of Massachusetts when I was really young so say 1965. Hey, it was the 60-s man, don't tell me I couldn't learn to ski on a pond. An unfortunate truth is while I did play ice hockey, the first couple of seasons were spent on figure skates, wearing a dopey long coat. I didn't actually put on real skis until I was 21 but by then I'd already learned to ski.
     
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  15. skibob

    skibob Out on the slopes Skier

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    First started at "Nashville Alps" which is (was) in Indiana, not Tennessee and far from "alpine" :huh:.

    Early 1990's.

    Still learning:daffy::crash::daffy::crash::daffy:
     
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  16. skiprob

    skiprob Booting up Skier

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    Winter 1972-73

    I was nine.

    The local congressman had a J-bar installed on this ridiculously tiny little hill next to the state run golf course between Morristown and Ogdensburg NY. The lodge and the upper lift house are still there. The site is now used for cross country skiing.

    My mom was struggling with being a single mother of four. Some of her friends talked her into trying out skiing as a family activity.

    So she pieced together these setups of borrowed and used equipment for me and my three sisters. I think we did buy some ski equipment from the local marina as well. For some reason, Americana bindings come to mind.

    Anyway, my first time was at this place. I stood there and cried and refused to go down. On of my mother's friends came up to me and said, "Look over there. I bet you can go down that part of the hill."

    I did.

    I never thanked that woman. I often thank my mom.

    After that my mom would ship us off on the CYO bus trips to Big Tupper and maybe, if we were lucky, Whiteface.
     
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  17. Michael Kane

    Michael Kane Kano Skier

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    W 32nd Street Hill somewhere around 1967
     
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  18. midwestfabs

    midwestfabs Booting up Skier

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    2007, Buck Hill in MN
     
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  19. Dwight

    Dwight Getting off the lift Skier

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    Sometime in the late 70s at http://tyrolbasin.com/, about early teens. Really don't remember exact first time.
     
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  20. Sibhusky

    Sibhusky Getting off the lift Skier

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    Fieberbrunn, 1971-72, a full week of instruction during Christmas break from school in Vienna. I hated it.
     
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