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Re: Pictures, pictures and pictures!

Post by Andy M » Tue Nov 26, 2019 10:05 pm

The foothills got over 20 inches of snow last night and this morning. Anytime we get over 6 to 8 inches or so, I try to get out on a ski tour from home, as there are trails only a few blocks away. But you have to get out soon after the storm, as the snow usually doesn't last long, because it tends to warm up quickly after cold spells. One of the "trails" is a dirt road that is relatively smooth, so it is great for ski tours in these conditions, i.e., no base. The road goes up 900 vertical feet over about two miles, but most of the vertical is in the last half mile -- so the you can make some turns on the upper part.

I started the tour about 20 feet from my front door.
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Quite a few other skiers were out.
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I used my trusty Kazama Mountain Highs (205cm; 62-52-55) and Asolo Snowpines. I've had both for over 30 years, and they are holding up well, although the Snowpines are really soft now. The temps were in the upper 20s, and I had good luck with extra blue kick wax.
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Lots of good views on this short tour.
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The Kazamas were a lot of fun, but a wider ski with more sidecut should be even more fun on the upper part of the tour in these relatively deep conditions, so I will try to get out tomorrow on some different skis.

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FROM THE WAYBACK MACHINE

Post by 1EyedJack » Sat Dec 21, 2019 3:34 pm

From the book:
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My dad gave my sister and me this for Christmas in 1957. She was 11, me 9. We had been on skis since 5.
Back then, we lived in the Finger Lakes region in New York. Never rode a lift so a lot of herringbones and snowplows.
My dad sized our skis by raising our arms and measured by our wrist. Bindings were home-made Dartmouth Jr. Flexi-Grip and rubber overshoes.

The book (our Bible):
First edition 1956
Written by parents of Jay.
Location: Mont Tremblant
**** copies in Amazon now if you are a classic ski history books

Jay O'Rear:
I looked him up on the interweb. He went on to be on the Dartmouth Ski Team

My dad at 20:
Skied with him kicking-and-gliding in the Oregon Cascades into his 80's
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I gave him that pin for his birthday when I was a teen

Happy Winter Soltice
Let it snow!!!!
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Re: Pictures, pictures and pictures!

Post by lowangle al » Sun Dec 22, 2019 7:15 am

They are some nice classic ski pictures you have there 1Eye nd a good story thanks for posting. I also like the width of your skis.

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Re: Pictures, pictures and pictures!

Post by 1EyedJack » Sun Dec 22, 2019 9:59 pm

lowangle al wrote:
Sun Dec 22, 2019 7:15 am
They are some nice classic ski pictures you have there 1Eye nd a good story thanks for posting. I also like the width of your skis.
That's not me. That's Jay, the star of the book.
I'll dig a pic of me and my sister from the Wayback Machine one of these days.

Here we are:
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Bonnie is sledding. Dad's skis on the right.
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Re: Pictures, pictures and pictures!

Post by lowangle al » Wed Dec 25, 2019 9:55 am

Cool picture. Your dads skis look huge.

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Re: Pictures, pictures and pictures!

Post by Smitty » Wed Dec 25, 2019 3:59 pm

2019 has been a wild and crazy year so I haven't been online much. New job, different house, IVF, then pregnant wife, and finally our first baby this fall! I wanted to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all you fine folks!! This is the best place on the internet because of the people. May you all get plenty of snow and enjoy time with your families through the holiday season.

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Skiing around the farm with my wife and in-laws, Christmas Eve.

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Baby Lena's first ski!

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The dog is sure happy to get out for a run.

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Overlooking the farm where my wife grew up, and the route she learned to ski on as a kid.

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Re: Pictures, pictures and pictures!

Post by 1EyedJack » Wed Dec 25, 2019 4:50 pm

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KRAMPUS GOING FOR A CHRISTMAS RIDE

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Re: Pictures, pictures and pictures!

Post by lilcliffy » Wed Dec 25, 2019 5:30 pm

Some real gems posted here!

Jack- love the photos and history of your family skiing together!

Smitty- wonderful to hear from you and see your family skiing together over the holidays! CONGRATULATIONS on the new addition to your family!
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Re: Pictures, pictures and pictures!

Post by 1EyedJack » Tue Dec 31, 2019 8:14 pm

HAPPY NEW YEAR GTM
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Re: Pictures, pictures and pictures!

Post by fisheater » Tue Dec 31, 2019 10:00 pm

Great photos Jack!

Smitty, congratulations!!! Thank you for sharing your photos as well.

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