November 25, 2012

Skiing in Maine: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow – on the slopes

By John Christie

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John Christie, left, and his buddy Don Fowler look like they’re up for the challenge of another winter on opening day at Sugarloaf in the Carrabassett Valley.

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Starting today and running through Dec. 21, you can visit and tell us why you want to learn to ski. Winners will be awarded free packages to ski or snowboard. Participants also have a chance to win free trail passes.

I made the mistake of remarking to son Josh, after I had gathered all my stuff and felt well prepared to head to the slope in the dark the following day for the first of many sojourns to the mountains, that I was eagerly looking forward to "strapping them on" in the morning. His reply, "Dad, you're showing your age. Long thongs went out with the hula hoop. We step into 'em, we don't strap 'em on anymore!"

I hasten to add that Josh got ahead of me by a couple of days when he sneaked up to Sunday River to claim bragging rights for this season. Now my challenge is to ski more days this winter than he does.

But I won't come close to most of the guys I skied with on my first day this year, as Don Fowler, Bob Farrar, Rick Chenard, Frank Rogers, Greg Foster, Fred Putnam, Jeff Strunk and a quite a few more of them will hardly miss a day in what all of us hope will be a season that'll erase the memory of last year's sparse snowfall.

John Christie is a former ski racer and ski area manager and owner, a ski historian and member of the Maine Ski Hall of Fame. He and his son, Josh, write ski columns on alternating weeks. John can be reached at:


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