A Day of Rememberence

Post by WildSnow.com blogger | November 11, 2009      

This morning, I was going to furiously edit a blog post I’ve been preparing. But it being Veterans Day got me thinking about just being quiet and honoring those who have passed. Then I dropped in on my news feed and noticed that Doug Coombs had been inducted into the National Ski Hall of Fame. Now I know we should just be slowing down today and honoring others.

First our Vets. Like it or not, reality is we need our warriors — and they sometimes are called on to make the ultimate sacrifice. Politics aside, we honor them. Indeed, much (or perhaps all) of the freedom we have to recreate as we wish is ours because of little events such as winning WWII.

Individuals such as Coombs epitomize those freedoms. Today, let’s remember Doug Coombs for how he inspired us to enjoy our great land, and let’s remember our Veterans for keeping it that way.


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17 Responses to “A Day of Rememberence”

  1. Mark November 11th, 2009 8:48 am

    Thanks to our veterans for making our country great. And the honor of the ski hall of fame for Doug Coombs is perfect.

  2. Mark November 11th, 2009 8:48 am

    Lou, looks like your comments clock didn’t “fall back.”

  3. Ken Gross November 11th, 2009 9:42 am

    Nice post Lou. Much respect to all of our veterans, Freedom is not Free.

  4. milt November 11th, 2009 10:10 am

    i think all the people who have suffered from war should be remembered today. personally i would not put coombs in the same category of rememberence. sport and war are much different to me.

  5. Lou November 11th, 2009 10:37 am

    Milt, I thought about that while writing the post, but it seems like Coombs shows just exactly what the Vets fought for, freedom, so the tie in works for me. No disrespect intended, actually quite the opposite.

  6. Christine November 11th, 2009 12:13 pm

    I just discovered your site and am loving all the information and can’t figure out why I’ve never stumbled across it before. Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks.

    Also, I’m not sure of the protocol on old posts–I posted a question in the Bootmania thread, about fitting liners, and then noticed it’s an old, old post. Do you check on old threads for new comments? Would you check for mine? It’s snowing hard here and I want to get those liners ready….

    Oh, and for Veterans Day, my wish? Peace.


  7. Cory November 11th, 2009 1:04 pm

    I strongly recommend you check out the ski hall of fame in Vail. You will see that sports and our veterans are not so easily seperated. There is a great movie called “Fire on the Mountain” that looks closely at skiing and the 10th mountain division. It’s filled with the tragedy of war, but also highlights the fun and relationships built while skiing around Colorado training for WWII.
    I followed your logic on that. Veterans-honored for protecting our freedom. Coombs-honored for living that freedom to the fullest. I never felt that you were saying that they should be honored for the same reason.
    Just my 2 cents.

  8. Lou November 11th, 2009 1:11 pm

    Hi Christine and thanks for visiting! We watch ALL the posts like a hawk! Comment on anything!

  9. Lou November 11th, 2009 1:12 pm

    Cory, thanks!

  10. Randonnee November 11th, 2009 1:13 pm

    God Bless Veterans who have defended us in ‘good’ wars and ‘bad’, who have suffered for us and for our country. Veterans have given us our freedom and protected our country and way of life. I appreciate my dad, uncles, friends who suffered in WWII, my pals my age some who served for 20 years, and thanks to my ski buddies who fly and do Special Ops right now for us!

  11. Thomas B November 11th, 2009 2:07 pm

    This observation is meant as thought provoking and in no way to demean the great services of veterans, but it is interesting that the rest of the world celebrates the end of WW1, the end of “the war to end all wars” the moment the armistice was signed on November 11th 1918 and we celebrate the warriors.
    Thankyou vets.

  12. Matt Kinney November 11th, 2009 3:39 pm

    I find few if any veterans in todays modern ski world. Non of the “rock stars” are vets and service to our country seems these day to be a matter of money not of service. I can’t recall the last time I met a guide that was a veteThe excetiuon would by heliski pilots 😆 r. In Europe I think that most guides have served their country in some form.

    That may sound a bit rrusk coming from this veteran, but its true. Sure we can all look at respect to the mountain division skiers of CO and yes, here in Alaska they did the same hard work training in WW! and WW2 but that story has not been recorded properly like on CO.

    More on humorous note…As a veteran, some of my best ski partners have been vets. The way I can tell the difference between a vetskier and a
    non-vetskier is the vetskiers are always on time!!

  13. Dave DePodwin November 11th, 2009 6:48 pm

    Ski Troops We Thank You

    Hi Lou,

    Hats off indeed and then some to all the Veterans who have served and to those who have passed. My dad served with the U.S. Army’s 10th Mt. Division (‘ski troops’) and on return, having survived the WWII experience, accomplished tremendous things professionally and inspired several generations of our family to get out and enjoy our great land (and sea) and all that it has to offer.

    He and my mom taught us how to ski as kids with bear trap bindings, leather boots, and green army-colored fatigue-like jackets adorned with ski patches of Arosa, Zermatt, Davos. We spent the better part of the day on the ski lifts from 8:30 a.m. to last run at 4pm with a short break for hot choco. and 25-30 min. for lunch, only to return to the land of white to ski some more, what else?!

    We are thankful for his generation to having accomplished something truly remarkable–the start of the ski industry–from a war that not unlike today’s, left men & women broken, gone, but not defeated. Returning veterans seized the moment to build a lasting industry that allows us today to recreate, dream, to live.

    Seldom does a ski run pass that I cannot help but think of the tremendous sacrifice that the soldiers of the 10th gave to you and me and the legacy that lives on the slopes worldwide that have resulted from their efforts.

    Coincidentally, I now realize, I marked this day off from work to order a new set of boards (my first in 20 years) and to hike the woods nearby, dreaming of powder days in the wild, forever, free.

    Thank you Soldiers of the 10th, thank you Dad, thank you to to all of those who have served our country.

    Dave D.

  14. Ptor November 12th, 2009 11:40 am

    Doug shoulda been in there long time ago. Big Up.
    Now if we’d just get rid of Wall Street, there would be no wars!
    “The pioneers of a warless world are the [youth] who refuse military service” – Albert Einstein

  15. Mac November 14th, 2009 7:13 pm

    In reply to Thomas B, I can only assume that Remembrance Day didn’t assume such a prominant position in the US, as America didn’t join the war until the final year of the conflict, and so avoided the appalling casulaties suffered by the Allies.

    Certainly in the Commonwealth, 11 November is indeed about remembrance – but just not of the end of the Great War, but in thanks for the sacrifices made on our behalf.

    “Lest we forget”

  16. Patrick March 8th, 2011 12:48 am

    Hey Lou,
    I’ll be 66 in a couple of weeks,,, going uphill is getting harder and I tire sooner, yadda yadda. I wanna keep bc skiing into my 80s (mostly in the Selkirks in BC). Currently I ski Solomon Guns (129-96-120, length 175) with Fritchis and these wide short skis make even tight-tree lines easy.
    But I have a theory: climbing with wide skis means heavier skins and more friction-drag. I;d love to beat back the clock by making it easier going up. Ya-ya, all that stuff about Dynatfit…. light but too frequently ice-up, with major problems that can come with that. Hardly ever see moleskin (perhaps less drag?) skins up here in Canada.
    I think the industry needs guys my age to keep going another 20 years,,, so do you (and bloggers) see anything in your crystal ball that indicates a return to narrower but responsive-quick-turning AT skis? and narrower skins?

  17. Lou March 8th, 2011 7:32 am

    Patrick, skis with dimension of around 90 mm underfoot seem to be a terrific middle ground between fat and skinny. The advantages of width so outweigh any slight uphilling advantage to a narrower ski that I’d say thinking a narrower ski than that would somehow make a more efficient system is pure fantasy. On the other hand, those Solomon Guns could be swapped for something a bit narrower and lighter weight when appropriate, hence one of the first things most committed backcountry skiers should do for efficiency and weight savings is have a quiver of at least several skis and pick according to conditions.

    My first question to you would be why are you not using tech bindings? Huge weight savings and they actually are more efficient in terms of ergonomics than frame bindings such as Fritschi.

    Mohair skins are also a great way to add efficiency, provided the skin tracks you end up on are not ridiculously steep.

    You don’t see much mohair in North America because North American ski touring is driven by a younger less seasoned demographic than that in Europe, where mohair is popular because it works. Rolling along a perfectly angled skin track on glidy mohair skins is incredibly efficient compared to arm pushing your way straight up a mountain, hoping your nylon tractor treads don’t slip and launch you backwards like a missile. But strength is strength, and youth is youth, if you’ve got em, flaunt em.

    (P.S., I got a chuckle out of your reference to “moleskin” skins, considered editing but just had to leave it.)

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