The (Other) White Ribbon of Death

By:  Greg
October 25, 2010

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Ben led the way down the WROD proper.
the white ribbon proper

Then came Christian who started by lining up his board with the 30 lateral inches of Death Ribbon available to him…
lining up with the WROD

…and then proceeded to point it down the White Ribbon, Death be damned.
death be damned

Then came Noah who was surprised by the fact that the WROD is the first thing to officially open this season. I think heard him say: “Wow this White Ribbon is really freaking Deadly!”
deadly ribbon

…and then from below:
Noah on the WROD from below

Whew! Finally! Another year, another WROD. It feels good to get that out of our systems, even if we didn’t get any snowgun-faceshots. As we made our down below The Ribbon to our surprise we found yet another snowfield waiting for a schralping in the shade. I had to try my best for an October Faceshot. Fail.
another schralpable snowfield

And then finally lower down we did some good old fashioned grass schuss to get from the bottom of the WROD back to the lodge.
grass schuss

To finish up our first great day on the WROD, Christian decided to “git sum moor” after a day full of “got.”
grass schuss1

Thanks for checking out FIS! Pray for snow! Oh, and for the record, if there actually had been a WROD less than 3.5 hours from home (and no snow close to home either), you can bet your touring-boots we would have been there to ski it. You don’t have to tell us how fun that first day of flying down the mountain is when you don’t have to worry about getting back up to do it again. Hope all you folks at Sunday River had a great time. We’re really just very jealous!

If you liked this snarky TR and are looking for some more of our “wink-nod” humor in the mountains, check out our private running of The (Other) Stowe Derby, our Roadside Katahdin Trip Report, and the Vermont and New Hampshire portions of A Trifecta (New York was legit). And if you just look at the pictures and skip the words, may we suggest our calendar?

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  1. stuckinjersey
    wrote on October 25th, 2010 at 9:59 am  

    Man o man, if u were closer id punch ya for toying with my ski emotions! Damn greg stellar to see u VT boys and girls arent letting all that early snow just go to waste. Need to get my ass to Mars Im thinkin. Keep up the great work fine sirs.

    • Greg
      wrote on October 25th, 2010 at 11:44 am  

      i hear the powder skiing is incredible there this time of (Martian) year. when are you going to get on snow? due it two it!

    • stuckinjersey
      wrote on October 25th, 2010 at 1:36 pm  

      Brother u know it! Mars is a close second to jersey for some of the best powder sking this side of the Milkyway (I’m more of a almond joy guy myself though!)! If u cats haven’t skied up all that snow by the first weekend of November mite need to bring the sticks up, put some of da white in a cooler for me so doesn’t all melt before then.

  2. Could Be Buggy
    wrote on October 25th, 2010 at 11:16 am  

    Lame! Was hoping for some groomer death cookie action. Too much “loose powder snow” for my taste.

    Srsly though, awesome!

    • Greg
      wrote on October 25th, 2010 at 11:45 am  


  3. MadPatSki
    wrote on October 25th, 2010 at 11:52 am  

    NICE…good action shot on the pre-release. Those last pics are definitely the most WROD October action pics I’ve seen EVER!!!

  4. Brian
    wrote on October 25th, 2010 at 2:33 pm  

    Too bad you never found any of those fan gun face shots… Otherwise it sounds like a decent outing.

    • Greg
      wrote on October 25th, 2010 at 2:44 pm  

      I really hesitated with this TR… I don’t want to sound like a “holier than thou a-hole”… because the honest to god truth is that I love the first lift served day of skiing. But I REALLY do hate snowguns in the face.

      Are fan guns a bit gentler on wusses like me?

  5. Rob Rox
    wrote on October 25th, 2010 at 7:49 pm  


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  6. icelanticskier
    wrote on October 25th, 2010 at 7:51 pm  

    you should send that eject pic of ben to dyno-fit and jonathan!;)

    looks like fun! finally got my turns in yesterday out east.



  7. VTColdSmoke
    wrote on October 25th, 2010 at 9:09 pm  

    Nice job guys! Can’t wait for some continuous top to bottom runs. That must have been an interesting run out of the WROD!

  8. Butch Chamberlain
    wrote on October 26th, 2010 at 8:02 am  

    Oh WOW! What else is there to say?! Great shots. Finally on the WROD(which by the way looked a little familiar). Never “schussed” it, but have hiked up through and near there. Yes you got it, all of it, YES! Just a little more edgey than HB and way more than TD.(I am old forgive my sentiments about the old haunts). The pics were, as usual, number one. That mountain still surprises me. There is so much to explore there and yet most don’t. Thunder Bowl was always an attraction. Did it once, scared the bejesus out me in some spots. Getting there was better than half the battle. You just keep on truckin’ and doing that voodoo that you do so well. GREAT GREAT I can’t wait.

  9. K_C
    wrote on October 26th, 2010 at 8:58 am  

    I’m going to start a new website. You know what it’s going to be called? ‘I like my fritchis now leave me the hell alone you touring snobs’ :)

  10. K_C
    wrote on October 26th, 2010 at 9:02 am  

    oh and G, another awesome day nicely documented. It’s great to have these fun times recorded.

  11. powhounddd
    wrote on October 26th, 2010 at 4:23 pm  

    nice nice nice ride me over til the temps drop again…haven’t been down that way since ’98, do think I’ll do it up this season.

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