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Re: “An Expert Climber's Devastating Fall Leads to His Toughest Challenge

Thank you for the excellent reporting here. Its great to hear that someone who has given *so* much time and support to bring so many others to the outdoors is healing. Steve and Andrea and their Petra guides have helped us out at many events over the years, and were always kind, professional, and willing to share their passion. Im glad (but not surprised) that they received so much community support. Keep on keeping on Steve!

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Posted by Tim Curtin on 03/15/2019 at 10:02 AM

Re: “An Expert Climber's Devastating Fall Leads to His Toughest Challenge

Thank you for this article. I am among the many people who love and admire Steve & Andrea. They do so much for this community and I have no doubt Steve will be inspiring us all throughout his recovery and afterwards. Great story about a great person.

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Posted by markaiken on 03/14/2019 at 9:35 PM

Re: “An Expert Climber's Devastating Fall Leads to His Toughest Challenge

Thanks for reading Timothy! To be clear: Free solo climbing like Alex Honnold did in the recent movie is EXTREMELY dangerous. While it's true that free solo climbers are only relying on themselves, there are many external factors including rock fall, wildlife and sudden changes in weather that could cause even the most elite climbers to lose focus or become injured and fall. Hundreds of climbers rely on equipment in Vermont each year, and major equipment failures are exceedingly rare. Climbing with equipment is unquestionably safer than free solo climbing.

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Posted by Taylor Dobbs on 03/14/2019 at 10:41 AM

Re: “An Expert Climber's Devastating Fall Leads to His Toughest Challenge

I used to think that free climbing, such as Alex Honnold does, is exceedingly dangerous. But he only depends upon himself, no chance for equipent failure. This was a sad story indeed, dropped by a broken rope which he depended upon. God speed his recovery.

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Posted by timothy price on 03/13/2019 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Passhole or Persecuted? Snowboarder Decries Lifetime Ban From Stowe Mountain

as someone fairly familiar with the Stowe area...i would say this guy is a tool...yelling at some 12 dollar an hour liftie about the speed the chair runs is stupid. it's not up to him. it was cold that day...he knew that when he got on at the bottom. read the back of your pass. suck it up...go ask nicely at the office...yelling at some entry level employee is not a valid solution. it also sounds like this was not the first issue he has had there. it is a privately held business and i believe allowed to expect a certain level of respect, or they do have the right to ask you to leave.

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Posted by Barry Edwards on 02/18/2019 at 5:17 PM

Re: “Passhole or Persecuted? Snowboarder Decries Lifetime Ban From Stowe Mountain

You're absolutely right - the punishment doesn't fit the crime. This guy should be banned from ALL resorts, not just Vail resorts. I'm good with that.

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Posted by Jim Winski on 02/18/2019 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Passhole or Persecuted? Snowboarder Decries Lifetime Ban From Stowe Mountain

The upside is we have one less boarder to deal with. Ski Vermont!

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Posted by The Great Morpheus on 01/24/2019 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Passhole or Persecuted? Snowboarder Decries Lifetime Ban From Stowe Mountain

Picking your favorite Never Summer snowboarder is like picking your favorite Dave Mathews song. You just cant do it. This ass clown is a perfect representation of Never Dumber.

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Posted by Cooper Corning on 01/24/2019 at 10:08 PM

Re: “Subaru's Champion Team Races Under the Radar — in Vermont

Thanks, Charles! As Lance Smith explained to me, the dirt roads in Vermont may seem a natural setting for rally racing, the difficulty is finding any where there are no houses and can be closed for several hours at a time while the race is underway. This explains why much of rally racing occurs on old logging roads in unpopulated locations out west.

Posted by Ken Picard on 01/23/2019 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Passhole or Persecuted? Snowboarder Decries Lifetime Ban From Stowe Mountain

If they banned every asshole from the ski resorts, they'd go out of business on the first day, the trees would grow back and we'd lose our New Jersey accents.

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Posted by lassy2 on 01/20/2019 at 7:09 AM

Re: “Passhole or Persecuted? Snowboarder Decries Lifetime Ban From Stowe Mountain

Industry professionals are held at a higher standard than the general public. To ignore this, ignores the responsibilities you take on when you accept things like pro deals. This clown needs to re-think his relationship to the industry if he wants to be taken seriously.

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Posted by Colin Mitchell on 01/18/2019 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Passhole or Persecuted? Snowboarder Decries Lifetime Ban From Stowe Mountain

Pottymouth!! There are kids around- he needs to go to Anger Management , if he has that problem. If he just enjoys yelling at staff because they do not get to yell back, lifetime ban is appropriate.

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Posted by motherbear on 01/18/2019 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Passhole or Persecuted? Snowboarder Decries Lifetime Ban From Stowe Mountain

Most of the town knows Georges is a huge jerk. Buried in the the last few paragraphs of this article, your "white washing" hardly describes the language or multiple incidents this guy instigated and perpetuated. What is your angle Walsh? Smearing Stowe Mountain Resort? Nice job backing the town fool.

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Posted by Veritas432 on 01/17/2019 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Passhole or Persecuted? Snowboarder Decries Lifetime Ban From Stowe Mountain

Flipper, if you think the ski area is setting ridiculous regulations, just don't give them your money. You don't need any oversight, just take away enough profit and they'll listen.

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Posted by Scuba on 01/17/2019 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Passhole or Persecuted? Snowboarder Decries Lifetime Ban From Stowe Mountain

I know of Georges and ride with him at Jay Peak. He is pleasant and polite and does not seem to me to be an "irritant". But then again the atmosphere at Jay is a bit different than Stowe.

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Posted by Donna Young on 01/17/2019 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Passhole or Persecuted? Snowboarder Decries Lifetime Ban From Stowe Mountain

I think he got a raw deal. Just because someone has odd jobs and swore when he was angry shouldnt be a reason to constitute a full ban like this! They have acted very overzealous and airline like here and I think what this really should remind us of is that ski areas may need some regulations set upon them! They are getting too big and powerful and can just make up their own rules on a whim, passing judgement how ever they wish. That cannot be right.

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Posted by Flipper on 01/17/2019 at 3:04 PM

Re: “Passhole or Persecuted? Snowboarder Decries Lifetime Ban From Stowe Mountain

Yikes. Sounds like he was unprepared for the conditions & didn't learn his lesson from the initial frostbite experience. When it's windy, chairlift speed is impacted; it's not all about you, Dionne. As a longtime Stowe local (20+ years), I get why folks have been leery about the recent transition in ownership. But this guy needs to understand that you get a lot further with respectful communication as opposed to setting the tone with f-bombs right off the bat. You are an adult (at least chronologically)- act like one.

Funny how he doesn't go into depth regarding his past history as an "irritant" in Stowe... or bring up the fact that the core shop, nor the mainstream ones, in Stowe do not carry the product he reps. He's only telling part of the story here.

You made your bed, Dionne. Quit yer bitchin'...

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Posted by weshredstowe on 01/17/2019 at 11:33 AM

Re: “Passhole or Persecuted? Snowboarder Decries Lifetime Ban From Stowe Mountain

I love how a guy in his fifties with a part-time job and long history of no employment manages to ski all the time, travel to Australia, and own a home. Maybe he can educate the rest of us on his magical moneyless lifestyle? That may be a clue into why he is so strongly despised by so many.

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Posted by Penelope on 01/17/2019 at 8:52 AM

Re: “Passhole or Persecuted? Snowboarder Decries Lifetime Ban From Stowe Mountain

You're lucky you still have a job. Must be a libtard company. A company run by normal people would have a liability like you long gone!

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Posted by Mike Ortiz on 01/17/2019 at 7:19 AM

Re: “Passhole or Persecuted? Snowboarder Decries Lifetime Ban From Stowe Mountain

Moral of the story...there are real world consequences for being an uber-douche. They should really issue a refund for his pass, but they're well within their right to tell him that they don't want him on any of their properties worldwide.

Instead of crying to the local newspapers about being told he's not wanted, maybe Dionne ought to take a little bit of time to reflect on what it was that he did that got him banned for life, and try to avoid acting like that in the future. There's probably a lot more to the story than Dionne is telling Seven Days, but frankly, lashing out at the staff in the manner he did is grounds enough to revoke his pass anyway. Act like an adult, instead of a spoiled 15-year old. Or at the very least, quit crying about it.

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Posted by Scuba on 01/16/2019 at 11:29 AM

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