Aerosmith and Slalom on Lake Sunapee

cragginshredcragginshred Posts: 642 Crazy Baller
I just got through reading Joe Perry's book. It was written really well and in it he mentions growing up swimming and spending summers in Lake Sunapee in NH. Late in the book he mentions water skiing there as he and Steven Tyler have roots there, met there and currently own homes there. I thought that was cool but later in the book Joe mentions getting better in the slalom course on Sunapee. Just wondering if any Ballers have been there? Looks like an amazing an amazing east coast summer spot!
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  • parkerc2112parkerc2112 Posts: 92 Baller
    Old Ski buddy many years ago was a driver at a Ski school in Florida. Said he’d pulled joe perry a couple times.
  • jerrymjerrym Posts: 60 Baller
    I skied behind a jet ski for the first time on Sunapee. A buddy owned a summer cabin on the north shore, across from Tyler's compound. It's a beautiful lake and a great place for a summer home. My buddy sold the cabin for way more than it was worth, but then immediately regretted it.
  • DobrodanDobrodan Posts: 5 Baller
    We go to Sunapee for a week or so every summer. It's a beautiful lake with lots of inboards, classic to new. I haven't found a course yet but there are always a lot of free skiers out early before the insanity sets in. It's the cleanest natural lake in New England. Make sure to bring a chart - there are lots of rocks.
  • JmoskiJmoski Posts: 124 Baller
    edited January 3
    It’s a pristine lake with a small ski mountain behind it that’s 2 hours from Boston. Hence crazy expensive real estate.

    I’ve been on it a few times and found it’s not great for skiing outside of early AM runs. The main reason being the skiable sections of the lake consist of either 3 roundish sections connected by channels, or narrow ways with lots of traffic, so once the non skiers are out they tow in circles which completely chops up the lake.

    Used to be a couple who ran a ski school on the lake but I believe they went out of business or stopped a decade ago. If you ever saw a yellow ski boat with a checkerboard pattern - that was the ski school.

    Unsure if there is a course on it.
  • JWebSkiJWebSki Posts: 88 Baller
    There is a course on lake sunapee but it’s submersible so you’d never know it was there unless someone was skiing on it
  • GarnGarn Posts: 380 Solid Baller
    Was at Wade Cox clinic a couple of years ago and he was telling this incredible story of meeting Joe Perry and skiing with him. He kept everybody in stitches.
  • EdbrazilEdbrazil Posts: 1,295 Historical Baller
    edited January 6
    In the early 1970s, we had a slalom course on Lake Sunapee, in the arm that extends to Georges Mills. And, to the side and inside a layer of rocks. That was before we first moved to Lake Coniston, and later to Palazzi Pond. Where we hosted maybe 20+ sanctioned tournaments from 1973 to 1979. Before I first moved to Florida. The anchors for that course are probably still there, and subbuoyed. Course was put in through the ice during Winter.

    As an aside, well before Aerosmith became famous, I think they played at a barn/club in Georges Mills. Back when I was a college student in the mid-1960s.
  • bishop8950bishop8950 Posts: 889 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Seems like I recall a mention in waterski mag many years ago that talked about Joe Perry Waterskiing???
  • gcam4gcam4 Posts: 58 Baller
    @bishop8950 I remember that as well. I kinda remember it being Sammy Duvall? They exchanged signed guitar/ski if I remember correctly.
  • powbmpspowbmps Posts: 34 Baller
    Don't see glass on Sunapee very often. There is still a course in Georges Mills, but as previously mentioned, it is submersible. Crew of regulars gets out there quite a bit early mornings. Not sure about Perry, but Tyler still has a house in Sunapee Harbor. Beautiful lake, but there is a cleaner (and flatter) one close by ;).
  • storm34storm34 Posts: 44 Baller
    We booked Aerosmith for a corporate gig a few years back. Steven noticed my dad's Ski Nautique sunglasses holder right away when talking before the show. He was more interested in talking boats and skiing than that night's performance. It was refreshing to have a down to earth conversation with such a high profile personality.
  • StickmanStickman Posts: 26 Baller
    If I remember correctly, I believe it was Carl Roberge that presented Joe with a pink Kidder (or KD?). Joe gifted Carl with a pink Gibson Les Paul. That was around the time Aerosmith has released "9 Lives" which featured the song "Pink". Why do I remember this stuff?
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