OK, So who is setting up their own back yard ski area?

OK, So who is setting up their own back yard ski area?
Started by Trencher in Ski Chatter - 4 Replies
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Edited 1 time. Last update at 11-May-2012
I bet they didn't lock it! Can't leave anything out these days

Someone will notice the arrival of a new (used) lift. What's next, a groomer or two?
bandit wrote:I bet they didn't lock it! Can't leave anything out these days

Skied: Arinsal, La Plagne, Alpe D'huez, Flaine, Les Arcs, Morzine, Les Gets, Avoriaz, Sauze, Courchevel, Val Thorens
A backyard ski area story.

Many years ago I wanted to introduce my children to skiing.

I began to build a "small" hill in the back yard with snow.

Very soon that hill was too small for them. They wanted longer, steeper, faster (sound familiar).

So it did get higher, longer and faster until the start line was on the roof of my garage 20 meters away. The slope became a "ski cross" course with curves , bumps and dips.

In two weeks I not only had my kids going down the "slope" but local skiers, who heard about this free ski slope.

Everyday after school children would walk over with their skis, line up at the "stairs" going up to the roof and then ski down. For hours they would play/ski on this private ski resort learning how to; fall, turn on ice, set an edge and then stop at very end.

We were all happy,,until,,,,, ( hear the sigh) a local mother called police to report a dangerous situation. Seems sliding down on a homemade ski slope on skis is dangerous. It is better to be in front of television or computer screen than outside.

Once the police came,,,I had to stop all other children from skiing on my slopes. They watched from sidewalk as my children enjoyed themselves. You can imaging what "happened" on Halloween at her house .

Now all those children have grown up and as they pass my house with their children I see them pointing at the garage, at the roof and I see the children's eyes widen as their parents relate how they skied down that huge/steep/long ski trail.

Memories of the backyard ski resort.
Edited 1 time. Last update at 14-May-2012
Dave Mac
Good memories for you, Pavel. I had a similar, smaller scale set-up. When ever Ski Sunday was due to come on TV, out would come a long board from behind the sofa, and I would balance it from the top of the sideboard onto the floor. Ski sticks were fashioned from rolled up Sunday Times. The two boys would race each other down, (average time, 1.5 seconds!) They both vied to be Steve Podborski, else they were Ken Read, Todd Brooker, Franz Klammer......

Now, like your sons, Pav, they are both good, fast, safe skiers. It is a great feeling skiing alongside them, now, I'm sure they have forgotten their first ski exploits.........

Topic last updated on 13-May-2012 at 22:07

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