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It wasn't unexpected, this last couple of years. He was still pretty much around until then, although he hasn't been running the place for quite a while now. You can still go if you can get into Canada. 

He was a crazy Austrian guy, but he wasn't bothered about where you came from or what you rode: his business always treated poor snowboarders like me just the same as they treated the richest old school skiers. That's why he got most of my heli money. In fact he's still got some of it and I'll be there, Covid permitting, to collect on some of it in December.

I'm sorry he's gone, but he had about as good a run as any of us can expect.

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On 7/30/2021 at 7:53 AM, Neil Gendzwill said:

... I suspect your definition of “poor snowboarder” and mine differ by quite a bit. 

Yes, perhaps I should have said "relatively poor", or "from an ordinary background".

When I first visited Wiegele I arrived on the Greyhound and flew standby. I used overnight bus to get there to save the cost of a night in a hotel. I had to work the numbers hard to make it happen, and it was a "once in a lifetime" deal. Mike treated people with private jets and watch-winding machines the same as people like me.

I liked that, so I made some money and went back. It took me a while to earn enough to even deal with down days as a concept: you avoid that if you fly standby.

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On 7/31/2021 at 2:03 PM, philw said:

Yes, perhaps I should have said "relatively poor", or "from an ordinary background".

When I first visited Wiegele I arrived on the Greyhound and flew standby. I used overnight bus to get there to save the cost of a night in a hotel. I had to work the numbers hard to make it happen, and it was a "once in a lifetime" deal. Mike treated people with private jets and watch-winding machines the same as people like me.

I liked that, so I made some money and went back. It took me a while to earn enough to even deal with down days as a concept: you avoid that if you fly standby.

Hi Phil, sorry for contacting you this way but I could not find contact you somewhere else....

My name is Peter Bittner and I am a former speed snowboarder. We met at Goldeck in Austria. you shot some awesome pictures of the event and I was wondering if you have some pics in your archieve ?

Would be nice to hear from you again ....

Greets, 

Peter

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Hi Peter,

Good to hear from you! 

I seem to remember you offered to lend me one of your boards, but having looked at the steepness of that slope I decided my nuts were not of sufficient diameter for the task in hand.

Yeah, I have a bunch of pictures - eg the one enclosed here, if that works. You're welcome to them of course. There's a personal message system here - send me one of those with your email in it and I can get you some images. My system says that was 2005, Canon 1Ds (I need to write that down so I don't have to look for it again later!).

P

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