August 12, 2009

It's all downhill from here.



The alpine slide on Purgatory Mountain at the Durango Mountain Resort. Look closely to see what happens when I ignore the "slow" sign.

45 comments:

ironrailsironweights said...

That looks like so much fun.

Peter

ironrailsironweights said...

That looks like so much fun.

Peter

Kev said...

I bet it's even more fun in the winter (assuming it's open at that time of year; I can imagine it going so fast that there would be liability issues).

chuck b. said...

FUN!

m00se said...

Kids these days with their wild sports...

Fred4Pres said...

Is it an analogy for voting for Obama?

Quayle said...

Did you skin your wittle knee?

bearbee said...

What is top speed?

Meade no-hands, videotaping while alpining?

peter hoh said...

No, Fred, it's an analogy od f what happens to the GOP if they nominate this guy.

garage mahal said...

Never in my wildest dreams did I envision the guy I voted for would try to enact any of those things he talked about, day after day after day, for 2 yrs!

John Lynch said...

Ha!

No,it's closed in the winter because Purgatory is a ski resort. With snow.

Scott M said...

@garage

How does it feel when he outright lies, visa vi, the AARP endorsement?

"prase"

Trevor Jackson said...

In the winter, it's covered by snow. I love alpine slides. I like that Meade slowed up for you. Nice. But I also liked that toward the end, he decided to let it rip.

Skyler said...

You're wearing shorts?

pfchangboy said...

What wonderfully retro fun! And clearly the resort isn't worried about injury lawsuits.

This makes me think of the first episode of Paula Poundstone's TV show, where she interviewed people who were sitting in a spinning teacup ride at Disneyland. I'd love to see Ann opine about the economy while hurtling down the Purgatory Mountain slide, might be a wonderfully apt metaphor.

MadisonMan said...

That looks like so much fun.

I hope you're wearing sunscreen.

vw: binests

Scott M said...

@Althouse

Hard to see from the video, but how hard were the jolts from rolling over each seam? This is just another in a long line of arguments for me to drop everything and become a professional luge rider.

"syche"

Veeshir said...

Heh, I always wondered what Action Park did with that "ride".
Voted 5th most dangerous by Popular Mechanics.
http://doubleplusundead.mee.nu/traction_park

And that was the second, by far, of the most dangerous rides at Action Park, according to Popular Mechanics.

traditionalguy said...

Nice ride. Nothing like a little fear of something new to make great memories.

Cardboard FLOTUS said...

Great work with the helmet cam!

Shanna said...

Been there, done that, SO much fun!

Elliott A said...

Professor- I don't believe "SLOW" is your style

Joaquin said...

SLOW MEANS SLOW!

KLDAVIS said...

Another blast from the past, and ANOTHER near-death experience from my childhood near Durango. My mom and I were riding down this slide together (I must have been 5) and we took a corner too fast and rolled it. She managed to shove me out onto the grass median, but her hands and knees got pretty scraped up. Still love these slides, though. There's one just outside of Galena, IL on the banks of the Mississippi, but it's nothing like the ones out West.

Word = restyper: One who blogs from bed.

Methadras said...

I want to do that.

garage mahal said...

In very important news Kim Kardashian goes blonde.

WV - drewwwl

JAL said...

Was that something that needed to be kissed and made better? I couldn't tell.

Looks like a lot of fun.

"spacycha"
Some kind of food?

Ralph L said...

I'd love to see Ann opine about the economy while hurtling down the Purgatory Mountain slide
Like the Sunday Calvin and Hobbes.

My post used barfed because the v word belonged to Cedarford: pujui

this time: subtumpk,
the hanging roll of flesh after bariatric surgery.

Ralph L said...

Replace "used" with "just" above

"Euxto"
The emigration of Europeans when the muslims become too numerous

EDH said...

Quayle said...

Did you skin your wittle knee?

"Spray" goes the Bactine!

David said...

NO HELMET!!!

Does the Obama task force know they let you do the alpine slide without a helmet. Bet they will fix that yes sir that will bring down health care costs.

Shanna said...

Another blast from the past, and ANOTHER near-death experience from my childhood near Durango. My mom and I were riding down this slide together (I must have been 5) and we took a corner too fast and rolled it

When we went when I was 12 or 13, someone had gone off the slide and I think her earring was pulled out. Yuk.

Theo Boehm said...

THIS is the slide you guys should try.
Who goes first?

john said...

My God, I had to wear sunglasses just watching that video. The skin, its so ....... so ........ midwestern. I'll bet your hair looked like 20 minutes of hot high blowdrier.

Fun, though. We did this a couple times in Breckenridge, but the Purgatory run looks MUCH longer, and faster.

Why didn't you label "SHORTS IN PUBLIC PLACES"?

wv: sperem.

Hey, no fair, I got Titus' word.

Bissage said...

That video was extremely cool!

What is remarkable is that it was just last night that I had a dream involving my old Hot Wheels track thingie.

I’m very sure this is all just a coincidence.

Why?

Because there is nothing!, nothing!, nothing! in that video that has anything!, anything!, anything! at all to do with a beach volleyball match involving a Rabbi, a Priest, a chicken and my Aunt Jean.

PHEW!!!

* mops cold sweat from brow *

(That was close.)

wv = "caturs." Not to be confused with "dogurs."

knox said...

Wow, I'd love to do that.

john said...

Well, not shorts, but rolled up pants. SAME THING!


wv: letrumb. Let's rumble in the jungle. Or, let's have a rum and coke after work.

GrannyClampett said...

Theo @ $4:05: that guy could just as easily have been a Darwin Award candidate: "Hey Ya'll, watch this!"

regirchi. Plural of Regirchus.

Theo Boehm said...

Granny: At least he was wearing a helmet!

JAL said...

Does our wife laugh at/with you like we do, Bissage?

WV bachi -- What New England Italians play

JAL said...

I showed the waterslide video to my husband, Theo, and he said "Don't get any ideas."

WV lurtio - no clue

JAL said...

And how does one practice for that?

jonnynomeat said...

No helmets on this dangerous ride?? What country is this?

Skookum John said...

Ah, dear old Purgatory, beloved of every sporty Arizona family. The marketers and biblethumpers conspired to rename her Durango Mountain Resort, but even saying that name will mark you as an outsider. The beginner run beside the bobsled is Yellow Brick Road and is the first chairlift-served terrain I ever skied. I got to teach my kids to ski there too, many years later.

Cut It said...

Oh my god. Thanks for that video. Looked like so much fun.

Damn, looked like Meade was haulin' ass.