Aerosmith and Slalom on Lake Sunapee

cragginshredcragginshred Posts: 722 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: 127 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.
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  • jerrymjerrym Posts: 98 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: 21 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: 465 Crazy Baller
    edited January 2018
    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: 92 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: 598 Crazy 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: 1,396 Historical Baller
    edited January 2018
    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: 1,251 Open or Level 9 Skier
    Seems like I recall a mention in waterski mag many years ago that talked about Joe Perry Waterskiing???
  • gcam4gcam4 Posts: 106 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: 141 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 ;).
  • StickmanStickman Posts: 36 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?
  • powbmpspowbmps Posts: 141 Baller
    It can be a little rough getting around in a ski boat, but you'll usually see a few at the sand bar.
  • cragginshredcragginshred Posts: 722 Crazy Baller
    Great info guys. A Californian usually has the misconception of that that whole area of the country as being under 3' of ice 10 months out of the year -ha! It really looks amazing.

    Even though I live with a view off my deck that stretches 10 miles across the Sierras (same county as Yosemite), I ski in a mud hole in dry and arid cattle land. The public lake closer to home is more scenic but nothing like the sites you guys post from back east which all look so lush and green!
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  • MrJonesMrJones Posts: 1,836 Mega Baller
    Believe that's correct on the Roberge-Perry article in WSM back in the day.
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  • EdbrazilEdbrazil Posts: 1,396 Historical Baller
    edited February 2018
    Another key player there was Guy Lavigne. He owned a ski shop and then a marina in Sunapee harbor. We even put on a ski show in the harbor once. Yup, Winter can be brutal; I remember it wasn't until Memorial Day that the ice fully cleared out. Good to see that the slalom course is still being used. I had a house in New London from 1972 to 1980, before moving to FL.
  • VTskierVTskier Posts: 22 Baller
    I grew up on Lake Sunapee and worked at Osborne's Marine in the summer. We free skied regularly with a host of great folks. Tyler came in once with a pair of tired cutoffs, bandana and a pistol stuck in his beltline and a few friends. Friendly enough despite the badass appearance. Lake Sunapee Waterski club owns a submersible in Georges Mills.
  • beerleagueskierbeerleagueskier Posts: 8 Baller
    Sunapee is stunning. I've been to lakes all over the country. Sunapee and Torch are number 1 and 2.

    I own a boat slip at the same club as Guy Lavigne.
  • OcnlivnOcnlivn Posts: 1 New Baller
    I skied with Ed Brazil for Guy Lavigne and earlier Frank Morse. Also grew up with Joe and Steven
  • epnaultepnault Posts: 378 Crazy Baller
    I read that book last year too and it was awesome
  • pcmcon729pcmcon729 Posts: 100 Baller
    A number of years ago, I bought a used boat lift from a guy in Georges Mills. There is a small lake on the north side of Sunapee called Otter Pond. I skied the course there. Not sure if Otter is connected by a channel to Sunapee. The boat lift was in an offshoot of Otter Pond that was dug for its sand for Rt 89. The guy I bought the lift from had hopes of further excavating this 800' sandy shore pond for a semi-private ski site. He unfortunately died suddenly before this came to fruition.
  • DaveharveyDaveharvey Posts: 1 New Baller
    Yes I remember All of those stories I was the boat driver for Carl Roberge back then David Harvey
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    @Daveharvey Big Dave! I used to ski with you when you drove for Carl and then Wade. John Wilkins Lake Placid NY
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  • Woodybc62Woodybc62 Posts: 47 Baller
    I have the article from waterski mag. Definitely Carl
  • rawlyrawly Posts: 553 Crazy Baller
    Post a pic from the article if you can. Would be cool addition to this thread.
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