Friday, November 25, 2011

Street People

What’s the scariest winter-sports experience you’ve ever had?

"New Year's Day 2003 we had a huge dump. I fell skiing on lower lift line under Greyhawk chair and landed on my back with my arms under me and my skis wedged against the trees. My mouth was full of snow and my face was completely buried. My friend Jay Brown skied up and scooped the snow out of my mouth and dug me out. I really thought that I was done under the chairlift."

Ben Verge

Ketchum local

"Powder day on Baldy in 2002, I was skiing over to Seattle Ridge and the rope was down on Inhibition to let the patrol in and the Cold Springs lift was running. Roz and I jumped in and had a great 30 turns of uncut powder until the lift in the distance stopped running and the patrol bombs started going off above us. Our passes were clipped for two weeks."

Spyder Stevens

Ketchum woodworker

"Scorpion Nationals, which is the last run on the last day of the ski season from the top of Scorpion to the pavers and a foot race to Apple's. In 2010, especially due to cold weather, what snow there was, was very fast."

Carlos Rixon

Ketchum skier

"In my younger days in Massachusetts, I remember the first time I knocked the wind out of myself while sledding. This prepared me for later on when I got the wind knocked out of me in a high school hockey game in New Hampshire."

Wendy Speth

Youth hockey coach

"It happened on our way to breakfast at the Powerhouse on a powder day that was the first snowstorm of the year. While crossing Highway 75 in Hailey we thought we almost died as a white Jetta fish-tailed across all four lanes before barely coming to a stop before the crosswalk."

Chris and Phoebe Pilaro

Hailey couple

"Sidestepping an icy couloir off Mont Fort Verbier in Switzerland, heading toward Rosa Blanche in the Swiss Alps. It started out to be a backcountry ski day with my husband-to be-Will and it totally tested my comfort zone on steep ice."

Brooke Hovey

Ketchum mom/athlete

"I caught an edge while skiing at Whistler Blackcomb and began somersaulting end over end from the peak of the Saudan Couloir all the way down the 1,500-foot vertical drop complete with a total yard sale. I literally thought my life was ending but I rag-dolled and went with it and somehow survived. I lost my favorite hat but now wear a helmet."

Andi Meucci

Ketchum skier

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