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The Skier's List: 76-100

posted: 07/07/2000

76. Keep a gummi stone in your pocket.

77. Try telemarking.

(Eventually, catch air on teles and land it.)

78. Ski something that scares the holy bejesus out of you.

79. Wear sunscreen.

80. Fart in a crowded gondola and blame it on your friend.

81. Bobsled at Lake Placid; ski jump at Park City.

82. Ski the Sierra High Route from Mount Whitney to Sequoia Park.

83. Drag a snowboarder on the flats while skiing.

84. Go on a winter-camping ski trip.

85. Know how to make killer chili.

On a cold snowy night, after a hard day on the mountain, we skiers need more than bits of raw fish eaten with little sticks. What we need, and what you need to know how to make, is a stick-to-yer-ribs bowl of chili. And a spoon.Here's how: Heat oil in a skillet and sauté 1 1/2 cups diced onion, 1 cup green bell peppers, and 2 garlic cloves (minced). Add 1 pound of ground beef; cook until brown. Add 3 tablespoons flour and mix. Add salt, pepper, an 8-ounce can of tomato sauce, 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon chili powder, and 2 teaspoons cumin. Stir in 1 pound of canned kidney beans and let simmer for a couple hours. Top with shredded cheddar and serve with cold beer.--Helen Olsson

86. Do the Haute Route in the Alps.

87. Do a slalom shot at NYC's Ski Bar.

88. Ski a vintage trail: a narrow, windy, Eastern run cut in the '30s.

89. Learn how to avoid dying in an avalanche by taking a backcountry safety course.

90. Ski in denim...and rip.

91. Help a stranger find a lost ski in deep powder.

92. Take a really good lesson.

93. Ski south of the Mason-Dixon line.

94. Ski north of the Arctic Circle.

95. Find a copy of Ski Party. Buy it. Read it. Live it.

96. Remain standing while watching eight hours of the 24 Hours of Aspen downhill race.

97. Transport your skis via public transportation—subway, bus, train.

(Bonus points for doing it during rush hour.)

98. Take the Mad River Glen: Ski It If You Can sticker off the car of someone you know has never skied there.

99. Buy a patch from the ski area you grew up skiing. Sew it on your jacket. Be proud.

100. Be grateful, everyday, for snow, mountains, gravity, and skiing.

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