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Merwin: Why I Don't Ski

I used to go skiing a lot until my knees got too wobbly with advancing age. Now I tie flies or even go winter trout fishing instead. That inclination was substantially reinforced by some news this week from Colorado.

Some poor guy was skiing at Vail when he got tangled up and dumped by a chairlift seat. As reported on The Smoking Gun website, he was left not just hanging upside down from the lift, but also with his pants pulled down around his ankles...bare-assed in the wind.
Of the many accidents I've suffered while fishing, hanging upside down and naked has not been among them. There's some pretty good winter trout action available not far from Vail, which obviously is what this guy should have been doing instead of skiing. He might get cold and wet in the river, but at least he'd be able to keep his pants on.


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Jim in Mo

Surely alcohol wasn't involved here.


I'm gonna consider canceling those ski trip reservations I have now.


bet he was snow boarder they always get into these kinda weird situations

Jim in Mo

As far as those Vail aristocrats I wish it was Shania Twain. That would have garnered some interest, and hopefully a telescopic lens.


That's quite the story, John. Have any information on recovery time? I think I'd rather go nymphing on the river.