Small world. I also know Chris. John's description of him is right on. I'll
add a bit of what I know about him: Chris skis primarily at Smuggs when not
racing, though last year we didn't see him much up there. I forget the
total, but I think his latest knee surgery was his 5th or 6th. Nothing
short of death could ever keep Chris from skiing. He's also a really good
guy. He has lots of friends at Smuggs, and several people that ski there
can be spotted with Chris's handiwork under their feet.

On Fri, 20 Sep 2002 08:56:10 -0400, JOHN MCLAUGHLIN <[log in to unmask]>

>Chris is a guy on my race league team.  We met him up at
>BV when he was looking for a team to join.  Joe and I were
>in France, so JT took him on.   JT is also a big sailor, when
>he found out Chris works in shipyards in the summer they
>became instant buds.
>To look at Chris, you would not expect him to be much of a
>skier.  The man is built like Fred Flintstone.  The fact of the
>matter is, he rips!   Race course, moguls, or woods, he is
>always one of the best.   Chris has won several ski bum
>races at Stowe (extremely tough competition.
>I am not writing this to tell you about what a great skier he is,
>rather I am writing this to tell you about his equipment.
>Chris does not have a whole lot of money.  He can not afford
>to buy several pairs of skis.  In fact he couldn't afford to buy
>a good pair of race skis.
>For race skis, he took old Rossi rentals and beefed them up
>by putting layers of fiberglass on top of them.  As his race
>results prove, it worked.
>When Chris wants fat skis,  he takes old skis  and cuts
>them down the middle.  Then he clamps them to a board
>with a gap between them.   If the skis don't have much shape,
>he bends them to give them shape.  Then he fills in the gap with
>material that he gets from the ship yard.  Afterwards he
>puts a few layers of fiberglass on top of them.   They work
>like champ.   They stand up to his 200+ pound frame bashing
>through anything he throws at them.
>The fiber glass on the top of the skis makes it hard to mount
>bindings.  So Chris has invented his own lifter.  He has a couple
>of metal posts on the skis.  His lifter slides onto the post.
>This allows the ski to flex naturally and he can have one pair of
>bindings and use them on several pairs of skis.
>Again, skiing with him will prove to anyone how well they work.
>He would like to market his lifters but lacks the financial resources.
>(anyone interested in financing this contact me back channel).
>At Stowe/Sugarbush challenge, ski bums from both mountains
>were standing around looking at Chris's equipment.  Everyone
>was asking him to make them some fat skis.
>Chris also wanted a ski box for his car. . .
>Last season, Chris did not race with us because he got an
>old knee injury fixed.  So Matt K filled in for him.
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