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Posted: Jan 02, 2007 - 8:32 PM GMT

With the demise of Gerald R. Ford....I began to think...as an avid skier, regardless of political leanings....it was always nice to see pictures of him on skis. I don't really recall any other skiing presidents....I might remember a pic of the first Bush on skis...but i'm not certain. Anyone have any insight?
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Posted: Jan 02, 2007 - 8:59 PM GMT
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I believe Ford skied at Snowmass, didn't he?

Beyond that, John Kerry was, of course, a skier as well.

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Posted: Jan 02, 2007 - 9:17 PM GMT

Jimmy Carter has become an avid skier. I believe he only started skiing in the past 20 years.

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Posted: Jan 02, 2007 - 9:32 PM GMT

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I believe Ford skied at Snowmass, didn't he?

Beyond that, John Kerry was, of course, a skier as well.


Pres Ford was a Vail skier, and they did announce that they were renaming 2 trails in his honor last week after his passing. He would hold the Gerry Ford Celebrity ski classic there where some celebs would be paired up with US Ski Teamers to raise a bunch of money for charity each year.

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Posted: Jan 02, 2007 - 9:32 PM GMT
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Ford skied at Vail and Beaver Creek a lot. They announced that they are naming a run after him there.

"Remembering President Gerald R. Ford
On behalf of the Beaver Creek family, we mourn the loss of President Gerald R. Ford. As one of the first residents of Beaver Creek Resort, President Fordís love for the spectacular mountain setting of the Vail Valley was matched only by his many generous contributions to our community over the years. President Ford truly exemplified the values of our community and what makes it such a special place to live and visit Ė family, friendship and caring. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Ford and the Ford family during this time of great national sorrow. "
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Posted: Jan 02, 2007 - 9:56 PM GMT

Of the Kennedy clan,was it just Bobby(Bobby's Run at Wawa)or did JFK ski?And then the catastrophe at Aspen in '95 I believe,one of the nephews hit a tree.

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Posted: Jan 02, 2007 - 9:58 PM GMT

Ronald Reagan was a skier.

A lot of Kennedys skied, but JFK's back probably did allow him to ski.

Nixon - probably not
Eisenhower and before predate skiing as we know it.
LBJ was a Texan (probably not a skier).
Carter - southerner. probably not.

That may make Ronald Reagan the first skiing US president.

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Posted: Jan 02, 2007 - 10:02 PM GMT

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[quote]I believe Ford skied at Snowmass, didn't he?

Beyond that, John Kerry was, of course, a skier as well.


Pres Ford was a Vail skier, and they did announce that they were renaming 2 trails in his honor last week after his passing. He would hold the Gerry Ford Celebrity ski classic there where some celebs would be paired up with US Ski Teamers to raise a bunch of money for charity each year.
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President Ford also skied at Bousquet Ski Area back in the late 30s or early 40s. A few years ago, he was one of the persons who wrote a letter supporting Cal Conniff's nomination of Clarence Bousquet for the National Ski Hall of Fame.

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Posted: Jan 02, 2007 - 10:03 PM GMT

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Beyond that, John Kerry was, of course, a skier as well.


I thought John Kerry was a snowboarder. Either way he is not a president and probally never will be.
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Posted: Jan 02, 2007 - 10:36 PM GMT

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Of the Kennedy clan,was it just Bobby(Bobby's Run at Wawa)or did JFK ski?And then the catastrophe at Aspen in '95 I believe,one of the nephews hit a tree.

I think that accident was about 5 years ago? I have been told that The Kennedy group was told four separate times to stop playing football on the slopes by the ski patrol. It seems like some of the Kennedy's have a hard time following the rules and/or really knowing when they are putting themselfs and others in danger. JFK's Jr. actions cost two other people their lives as well.
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Posted: Jan 02, 2007 - 11:39 PM GMT

Jerry Ford has a very brief "cameo" in the Warren Miller movie "White Winter Heat."

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Posted: Jan 03, 2007 - 12:25 AM GMT
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Carter - southerner. probably not.



Although he didn't ski while president, he did take it up at the age of 62. Excerpt from interview with Larry King:

LARRY KING, CNN HOST: Tonight, the 39th President of the United States Jimmy Carter here for the hour on the Carter Center, the death of Coretta Scott King, last night's State of the Union address and more. Former President Jimmy Carter is next on LARRY KING LIVE.
Lots of news to talk to President Carter about tonight from the State of the Union to the issue of warrantless wiretaps to Iran's nuclear ambitions but first a project that's close to the president's heart, the annual Carter Center fund-raising auction.

The president comes to us from the Wilderness Room at Club Med in Crested Butte, Colorado and looks every inch the wintry president, in perfect garb. What are you in Colorado for?

JIMMY CARTER, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Well, Larry, the first time I ever saw snow skis was when I was 62 years old and that was 19 years ago and I'm still skiing. So, we'll be skiing with some very close friends of the Carter Center letting them know what the Carter Center is doing around the world. We have programs in over 65 countries.

Here's the link to the entire interview if anyone wants to hear some reason in this world.


Linkage to Carter interview with Larry King

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Posted: Jan 03, 2007 - 2:59 AM GMT

Somebody here once skied with Al Gore.

He invented the detachable quad doncha know.

Or was it snow guns? I forget.

And to think, a chad here, a Supreme Court Justice there, and he makes the list.

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Posted: Jan 03, 2007 - 3:03 AM GMT
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You have to "lay down" a few presidents to ski

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Posted: Jan 03, 2007 - 3:47 AM GMT

Ford had a house in Beaver Creek. Part way up and to the left of the Strawberry Park lift. You can see the Secret Service quarters built into the hillside almost under the lift.

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Posted: Jan 03, 2007 - 11:41 AM GMT

Gerald Ford took ski school in Michigan early on also.

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Posted: Jan 03, 2007 - 2:00 PM GMT

When President Ford was in the White House some people considered him something of a klutz. He notably tripped down the stairs while debarking Air Force One and he hit a golf ball into a crowd once. Chevy Chase did takeoffs of the president on Saturday Night Live.
He also took a fall in front of the cameras while skiing at Vail. It wasn't much of a fall. He was turning toward the lift line, sat back, lost an edge and sat down. At least that's the way it looked on the tv news that night.
I was still writing a ski column for The Evening Gazette in Worcester then, so I called the ski school director at Vail and asked what kind of skier the president was. This is what he told me, as well as my tired old brain can remember it.
He said Ford had flown out to Vail the night before. He had left Washington, close to sea level, got up the next day and soon was at the top of Vail at more than 11,000 feet.
The ski school director said it was the president's first day of skiing that season, that he was in his 60s and to be able to handle that kind of change in altitude at his age and to ski for several hours was pretty impressive. The ski school director said that the president was a solid skier and the fall caught on tv cameras was his only fall that day.
Ford was a good athlete, people said. He was a standout center on the football team at the University of Michigan, played golf and swam regularly in the White House pool.
I met him briefly at a newspaper event in Springfield. He was about my height, six feet, and pretty solid. I remember my hand kind of disappeared in his when I shook his hand. I think he probably could lay a pretty good hit on you on the football field in his day.
And here's some trivia. When he was at Yale law school he helped coach the football team. The only other college football coach who later became president - at least as far as I know - was Woodrow Wilson. While he was a professor at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., he coached the football team.
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Posted: Jan 04, 2007 - 7:23 PM GMT

Clinton occasionally skied.
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Posted: Jan 05, 2007 - 2:23 AM GMT

The GM at Berkshire East actually lined up President Ford for a lesson in Michigan...one of a few of the famous celebs who went through his ski school at the time (others including Charlton Heston)

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Posted: Jan 05, 2007 - 2:54 AM GMT

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Clinton occasionally skied.

So did bush but we are not talking about the same powder.

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