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Unique Ski Sites

LoopSkiLoopSki Posts: 536 Crazy Baller
what are some unique sites out there. weird set ups , strange locations etc.. not your typical 2200 x 250 out in the flats, in the sticks , wrapped in trees with islands on both ends. Most unique I've seen is outside of Sao Paulo Brasil .


  • BroussardBroussard Posts: 375 Solid Baller
    There is a lake that has the boat lane dug out and the skiers path. I've heard it referred to as "snake lake" and I believe it's located in Oklahoma.
    Andre Broussard - Louisiana
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,608 Mega Baller
    Dixboro Ski Club in South Lyon, MI.

    1650 feet. 6 buoy course. No real curve in. The north shoreline is contoured in near-unison with the buoys to provide the right pocket for turning. Skier setdown requires advanced boat handling to get them deep enough and not run the boat aground.

    When you get up (at speeds above 32 mph), you are pulling out for the 55s while still planing out.

    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,964 Mega Baller
    John's Lake in PA is supposedly very unique I haven't skied there. Oakham in Mass and The Pond in Avon are both short and unique slalom lakes well below 2200 feet.
    Mark Shaffer
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 3,812 Mega Baller
    @Broussard coyote waterski club owasso oklahoma. "suicide lake"

    There was something I saw on instagram of a skier turning in for the gates at a different site and basically skiing into the trees.
  • WishWish Posts: 7,858 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited October 2018
    Jacksonville. Never have I skied a lake so crystal clear with 100'+ pines along the length of the lake blocking most winds in most directions. The Resurves at Pine Lake in DeLand FL is man made, 20+ feet deep and wide enough for 2 side by side slalom courses. Skis great and also very clear water.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • NandoNando Posts: 527 Crazy Baller
    This used to be a ski site in Twig, MN (northwest of Duluth). It was an old gravel pit. Now the owner's kids have homes on it. The course was on the east section of lake, offset to the south, and you shortened (or spun) west of what looks like a fairly wide opening in the photo but always felt narrow. Entering the course from the west, you couldn't see the course until you were through the narrows and then it was time to pull out NOW! Despite the odd setup and cold water, the place skied like a dream.
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,572 Mega Baller
    @Chef23 John’s Lake is in NJ. Short set ups. Big scores.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
  • dbutcherdbutcher Posts: 322 Solid Baller
    @BraceMaker I haven't skied it, but I have seen Suicide Lake. It's a north/south lake not far off the north end of the runway of the Tulsa, OK airport. There are two other lakes at the same site. Oklahoma has plenty of south wind. Suicide Lake has a short berm about 50' (maybe less) ahead of each turn ball that effectively keeps the water smooth at each turn ball. I expect one could get used to it and not be freaked out.
  • DaveDDaveD Posts: 808 Crazy Baller
    Although I've never skied there, I get a kick out of the U shaped lake on I-69 near Muncie, IN. You need to do a right turn at both ends of the lake. I think it's only a 4 ball course.
  • andjulesandjules Posts: 820 Crazy Baller
    I've never skied it (hope to someday), there is a ski club outside of Budapest, Hungary; their site is as narrow as any I've seen (and not long @ ~1650')

    You can search Facebook for and see some videos like this one:
  • skihartskihart Posts: 506 Solid Baller
    @dbutcher We need pics. That sounds insane. Even a google earth shot.
  • andjulesandjules Posts: 820 Crazy Baller
    @Tom351 Wow! If you're late and pull all the way to the ball, you better get your S-turn down pat!
  • DragoDrago Posts: 1,588 Mega Baller
    I can hear lawyers ringing in my head
    SR SL Judge & Driver (“a driver who is super late on the wheel and is out of sync”)
  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 1,208 Mega Baller
    Lets out a single tear and a sniffle.
  • Orlando76Orlando76 Posts: 1,073 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    On the private lake I typically ski north of Orlando on the one end you enter the course on a curve as the boat accelerates. As you start to feel the whip of the curve you’re still wiping the water out of eyes and you feel you have to start pulling left. Only if you pull out too soon you’ll ski right into a dock. We clear it by maybe 10’. It takes an alert skier and an alert driver.
  • dvskierdvskier Posts: 530 Crazy Baller
    @Orlando76 How far past the dock are the 55's?
  • jjackkrashjjackkrash Posts: 567 Crazy Baller
    @skihound, send me a PM if you need a tow and want to ski the pads next spring or summer.
  • fu_manfu_man Posts: 421 Crazy Baller
    @andjules Jeez. That course in Hungary.....That is insanely narrow! How many skiers take an occasional OTF and end up 10-15 ft outside the buoy line? The kind where you are sure you are going OTF then for a moment think you might be OK, only to finally come to the realization that you are definitely going OTF. Happens to me at least once a year.
  • Moved2skiMoved2ski Posts: 15 Baller
    20 some years ago I skied with some guys in Nebraska that put up a portable course on a public lake. It was an oval with an island in the center. You drove in a circle like a racetrack with the entrance gates coming out of turn four and the exit gates in turn one.
  • BroussardBroussard Posts: 375 Solid Baller

    Andre Broussard - Louisiana
  • hockeyref74hockeyref74 Posts: 22 Baller
    How abou Swerve Water Sports in Tennessee my wife calls it the puddle
  • bishop8950bishop8950 Posts: 1,139 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Goode ski lake in Ogden has a pretty crazy set up. Pictures don’t do it justice. I should have gotten video of the boats spinning in on both ends.

  • DragoDrago Posts: 1,588 Mega Baller
    From the good ‘ol days: Indy pro tour was about 1,500’, one side spin was inside the boat, the other side was a whip. Detroit was on a big lake, but in order to get close to the beach, had to duck under a tree sticking out over the water just before the gate pullout. Shreveport had giant lily pads floating by. St Louis had a vertical sea wall the length of the course. Camden was on the river with current, and needles and nasty trash on the shoreline.
    SR SL Judge & Driver (“a driver who is super late on the wheel and is out of sync”)
  • EdbrazilEdbrazil Posts: 1,396 Historical Baller
    The old Marine World site in Redwood City, CA was only about 1050' long. Pro jump tournament there starting in 1974. Had to do whip-style jumping. Later on, they even did 4-buoy slalom.
  • bkreisbkreis Posts: 302 Baller
    GMSC is just west of Miami international and 12 miles from SOBE! @ob1 waterski atlanta is also a city site near ATL.
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