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Hey Todd.
Been thinking about that day. It was 3/17/01. Went and found my old post.
http://list.uvm.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0103C&L=SKIVT-L&F=&S=&P=112524
Todd and Ben also posted. I think all were titled, imaginatively, ³MRG
3/17.²
--tn

Todd Fisher wrote on 3/8/13 8:33 AM:

> I've been there, looking down at SBN;  In 2000-2001 with BenB and TN.  
> Fortunately we had a decent run down to the MR Barn instead of back to MR
> Glen.  There's a TR somewhere in these archives,  and even a few shots that
> BenB took somewhere along the way.   I remember a triple shot of a
> spread-eagle somewhere along the lower part of the 19th hole.
> 
> 
>  
> On Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 6:12 AM, Patrick Haskell <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> telenaut [log in to unmask] wrote:
>>> >  TEO and PatrickH decided Paradise should be the third run of my season.
>>> > Nope. The woods were manky, semi-frozen, and quickly I was in
>>> throw-self-down-the-hill-and-hope-the-turn-works mode, trying to keep up,
>>> which, of course,
>>> > never does. ³Save yourselves. Go on without me,² I called out mid-run, and
>>> never saw the two again.
>> Actually, we decided Fall Line should be your third run of the season, but
>> you somehow decided to follow-us into our brief sampling of tihshouse.  As I
>> said, I thought your skiing looked solid from the start, even if your choice
>> to go it alone was well timed, as we did venture out to Paradise on our next
>> run and then things got truly interesting.  The run was rather monotonous and
>> thus rote description fails to convey the experience, so therefore I will
>> resort to repeating the random thoughts that I muttered to TEO in the 2+
>> hours we spent inventorying the young softwood glades (aka spruce traps)
>> between MRG and Sugarbush.
>>  
>> The 22nd hole does not go. 
>>  
>> You know the woods are tight when you need to ski with your skis on top of
>> each other to fit between the trees.
>>  
>> This is worse than touring with Roger.
>>  
>> Who knew a 20-minute shwack out could lead to a 120-minute schwack back?
>> I hope to God nobody follows our tracks.  (We did find some old tracks
>> somewhere out there, but we decided that those folks were equally clueless.)
>>  
>> "I will accept your apology in the bar."
>>  
>> What kind of trophy do we get for winning the Horizontal Challenge?
>>  
>> Once we realized that our ski line was closing out and got a good look at the
>> Inverness chair directly below us along the narrowing drainage we were
>> following, we patiently contoured our way back toward MRG with TEO graciously
>> breaking trail and twig.  Many a sidestep to our left was taken as we worked
>> our way over two ridgelets.  In the end we had ourselves a nifty,
>> little 2.5-hour ski run.  By the time we had finished our recovery ales, it
>> was clear that we should call it a day.  Sorry to miss you for the afternoon
>> session, tn.  We would have brought you with us, had we known that you felt
>> left out of the (Type II) fun. 
>>  
>> - Patrick
>>  
>>  
>>  
>>> From: telenaut <[log in to unmask]>
>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>> Sent: Saturday, March 2, 2013 11:46 PM
>>> Subject: [SKIVT-L] Season recap, 1st half
>>> 
>>> MRG 3/1/13 
>>> TEO and PatrickH decided Paradise should be the third run of my season.
>>> Nope. The woods were manky, semi-frozen, and quickly I was in
>>> throw-self-down-the-hill-and-hope-the-turn-works mode, trying to keep up,
>>> which, of course, never does. ³Save yourselves. Go on without me,² I called
>>> out mid-run, and never saw the two again.
>>> Instead, I switched to MRGıs groomed‹from green circles to bumped Cat
>>> Bowl‹and found bliss.
>>> It was velvet glued to stone. The surface was hard, but totally, infallibly
>>> edgeable. On the steeper bumps, there was a clear path, always. On the
>>> easier trails, the unique feeling of being able to to make my turns wherever
>>> I wanted, not where the snow dictated. It was intoxicating.
>>> A quick break in the lodge revealed proud papa Wes, still babbling, weeks
>>> afater the fact, about son Williamıs formidable racing success.  You da dad,
>>> Wes. Yes, you are.
>>> You also the master of the sublime ski run. Wes piloted three consecutive
>>> top-to-bottom cruisers, one off the double, two single-to-Birdland that
>>> were, how can I say this? I know. Sublime.
>>> The groomed at MRG Friday was as nice as you could ask for. Turns were
>>> obedient. Almost obsequious.
>>> 
>>> Middlebury 3/2/13
>>> Where to go on a snow-forecasted Saturday? A tipster mentioned
>>> Middlebury‹where Iıd never been‹and it was a great call. Totally uncrowded.
>>> Arrived there from the forested east, on 125, from where suddenly on my left
>>> appeared, in the middle of seeming nowhere, a running lift, in the middle of
>>> seeming nowhere. Cool. That, I knew, was where I wanted to be. It was miles
>>> more to the Middlebury car entrance, from which I headed directly skierıs
>>> right, back to the aforeseen woodland lift.
>>> Spent the majority of the day there, alternating runs between Bailey
>>> Falls/Liftline and its boundary-side neighbor Youngman. Most lift rides were
>>> ski-on. Many runs I saw not one other person, no one, top-to-bottom.
>>> I really liked the Middlebury vibe. Casual, open and, as mentioned, totally
>>> uncrowded. Yes, a bit lacking in the hairball category, or so it seemed to a
>>> first-time visitor, but there was plenty that was legitimately steep. More
>>> siginificantly, the trails had a hypnotic ebb and flow, cruising, dipping,
>>> rolling, dropping. And, at least on the Baileyıs Falls side, a gorgeous
>>> naturalness. No snowmaking. No snowmaking pipes. Precious little fencing. It
>>> felt like skiing in the middle of the woods. (With trails. With a chairlift.
>>> But still...)
>>> The groomers‹and thatıs all that I sampled‹had nearly the same infallibility
>>> as MRGıs yesterday. Not quite. Found some iciness on the more traveled
>>> sections. But close.
>>> 
>>> Yoga and skiing.
>>> Yes, Iıve mentioned this before (pause).
>>> andImgonnakeepmentioningittilIgetaresponsedammit. (joke, sorta.) But how
>>> bout a show of hands? Are there other yoga skiers out there? The body
>>> awareness that a beginning yoga student experiences is a tremendous ski aid.
>>> Two examples: 1) Youıre struggling a bit. You give yourself one of the
>>> familiar ski instructions you keep a mental inventory of (in this case,
>>> mainly ³keep your lead knee out in front of your lead ankle²). And the weird
>>> thing is, you feel yourself executing that instruction not from the outside,
>>> head looking down to knee, ankle, but from the inside, knee, ankle sending
>>> awareness up to brain. 2) A break. Youıre just standing there, waiting.
>>> Ski-tired. Take a body inventory. Align the spine up from feet, legs, hips,
>>> spine. Straighten. A relief comes over the aching joints. And a hip
>>> awareness emerges. Straighten. Soothe. Straighten. Soothe. Again, any yoga
>>> skiers out there? Help me here. Never been so aware of my hips as in the
>>> last two daysı turns.
>>> 
>>> Tomorrow, Stowe.
>>> 
>>> --tn 
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