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  1. #1
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    Aug 2007
    Mechanicsville, VA
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    Detecting ski areas

    Yesterday, my brother on the West coast, got written permission to metal detect the ski runs on one of the biggest ski areas in the whole West coast . However,we will probably have to wait until at least June or July, (too much snow this year). The head of security that gave my brother permission told him that every year after the snow melts they find unbelievable numbers of jewelery. Has anyone else detected ski runs??

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    This area is so huge that one of the things we thought about right away was posting an invite here at least a month before we get ready to hit it.
    Freedom has a flavor the protected will never know. Vietnam # 10 G.I Wolfpack

  2. #2
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    Oct 2006
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    Re: Detecting ski areas

    WE do but no good stuff just coins alot of coins

  3. #3

    Mar 2007
    Salinas, CA
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    Re: Detecting ski areas

    I think his "unbelievable amounts of jewelry" is probably an exaggeration. You know how people's stories "grow", from where they find one or two around the lift load platform after the spring melt, and ...... a few year's later ...... it's "unbelievable amounts". I mean, the potential for jewelry (and its ratio with any other types of metals, junk, coins, etc...) would be no more-so than any other type physical recreation. Heck, and I'd think even worse, since when skiing, you are, by nature, bundled to the hilt. Unlike, say, swimming where you're frolicking around with nothing but a bathing suit on

    Also, be prepared: Every one of the west coast ski resorts has been worked to a frazzle, each summer, since the dawn of the hobby of metal detecting. Even if your brother's permission source says "no one's ever detected before", it merely means he doesn't know any better. He just hasn't seen, or it was before he worked there, or off his shifts, or he never paid attention, or this was just the first time HE was asked, etc....

  4. #4

    Dec 2007
    mxt, deleon, tigershark
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    Re: Detecting ski areas

    hey jonnycat ive thought always wanted to try a ski area myself im here in Southern oregon if you need help let me know maybe i can make it!

  5. #5
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    Re: Detecting ski areas

    I talked with a guy at our campground in western CO last year that said he & his brother do very well, but they "earn" every thing they get, each year on several ski runs. Not much diggin'...mostly just 'tectin'! They have apparently been working the same areas for years...exclusively.

    Good Luck!
    40 years of dirt fishin' & I still get excited!

  6. #6

    Feb 2008
    Bellaire Michigan
    Bounty Hunter/ Pioneer 202
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    Re: Detecting ski areas

    I live in Northern Lower Michigan, and I work at a ski resort as a snow maker. During our down time, when it,s too warm to make snow, we usually prowl the parking lots for garbage. Our finds that one day was two silver rings, many coins and bills. This spring when the resort closes, I am planning on metal detect this area. My ideal area will be where the snow plow piled up snow, under the lift areas.

  7. #7

    Sep 2006
    jersey city new jersey
    Tesoro Tiger Shark
    518

    Re: Detecting ski areas

    I hit the coin banks and loading areas

  8. #8
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    Dec 2004
    NW Illinois
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    Re: Detecting ski areas

    Hi Johnnycat,

    I've had great luck on ski hills especially near the base of the hill; this is where skiers typically take off their gloves and will more likely loose a ring. I am a member of the Albuquerque Metal Detectors Club but currently live in Alaska. I was an active member from Dec 05 - Oct 06 at which time I was transferred to AK (USAF). Here's the website: http://www.amdaclub.com/ Great people, great friends, awesome club, check them out if you're interested.

    Anyway, I detected the Red River Ski Hill in NM and had great luck; I found a beautiful mans 14K ring with 7 diamonds! I also found a huge amount of coins (more quarters than anything else) and found some other neat stuff. A few club members and I tried the Sante Fe hill once but arrived too early in the season...a foot of snow on the mountain! I have plans of detecting all of the ski hills in and around Fairbanks AK this spring after breakup...there are a couple old, no longer operating ski hills that might give up some nice finds.

    Good luck,
    AlaskaAng
    Ang

  9. #9
    us
    Dec 2004
    NW Illinois
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    Re: Detecting ski areas

    p.s. If you don't find a lot of coins/rings...you will find out (the next day) that you got some exercise!
    Happy Detecting & post your finds!
    AA
    Ang

  10. #10
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    Feb 2008
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
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    Re: Detecting ski areas


    Hey John, I'd love to give the Santa Fe ski area a good going over with the MXT. Would you
    be thinking 6x10 DD, 4x6 DD or 5.3 concentric, other? We likely will have to wait till at least may.
    I'll be talking to you further about this. Good luck on you're west coast hunt's. Adios!
    Gregory, Santa Fe.

  11. #11
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    Aug 2007
    Mechanicsville, VA
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    Re: Detecting ski areas

    Gregory, I sent you a PM
    Freedom has a flavor the protected will never know. Vietnam # 10 G.I Wolfpack

 

 

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