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Skouching

I have to admit that I’m worn out. The thought of being serious today doesn’t seem like much of an option so I hope we can have a little fun.

I found this story and video and thought it looked great. I would actually like to try this! The basic idea is that these guys take a couch, screw some skis to the bottom, and ride it down the hill–skouching. The new sport of kings.

Here, watch the video. They can explain it better.

Okay, so they basically said what I said and then showed it to you. Apparently the whole thing started when a college guy was brainstorming with his fraternity brothers about what to do with an old couch. In other words, this sport was begging to be invented.

So here’s my question: have you ever heard of this? Have you or would you try it? Have you ever tried something non-traditional to go down a snow-covered hill? Or what’s the craziest thing you’ve ever tried with your friends?


48 Comments

  1. Hmmm…

    Seems like a pain in the butt to have to push that couch back up the hill. But if I had minions to do it for me, I think it would be fun.

    It was also be fun to have minions…
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    • You’re right. On today’s to-do list: get minions.

      Thanks Kat.

      • Can I add “minions” to my Amazon wish list?
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        • You need to find a way to do that, Melissa. :)

  2. I would totally do it.

    The craziest thing I’ve ever done with friends. I could tell you about the time we went streaking at Wal-Mart, or the time we hung a bag of poo in from someone’s rear view mirror, or the time we tried to cook frozen pizzas with the blow dryer in the mens room, or the time we jumped off the roof of a house onto a trampoline into a swimming pool, but I’m gonna take the high route and not mention those.
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    • You are a giant among men for not mentioning any of those! Man, you were quite the rapscallion, weren’t you, Michael? :)

      • Kinda. I was in a lot of trouble until I met April when i was 20.
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        • A good woman helps a lot--great kickstart. Something about them makes us want to be men (well, most of us).

  3. I agree with katdish. I would need minions. Preferably the ones from Despicable Me.
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    • I still haven’t seen that one yet, but my kids own it so maybe this weekend. :) Thanks Matt.

  4. Haha thats hilarious. we used to *hold on to* dining hall trays and go sledding on those. The dining hall would run out of trays and we’d all get nasty-grams about it :)

    By the way, love the layout of your comment section.

    • Oh, the Mobile version, I should specify :)

    • I think the best part about this particular idea would be all the people piling on--that always adds to the fun. I’ve never used a dining tray as a sled. Sounds like I’m missing out!

      Thanks Mo.

      And is the comment section different on the mobile version vs. the regular?

  5. well, we weren’t lacking for snow or a great sliding area where i grew up. there was a dirt road coming off a ridge that had three hills but was plowed in the winter but “we” swept off the sand and kicked the snowbanks back into the road. it was a full mile getting to top of the third hill which was really steep and set up a really fast hurdle. the only problrem was some would rather launch from the top of the first hill which was only halfway up. thats where there was always had a bonfire going and everyone congregated in the middle of the road. that made it it a bit dangerous. some would give warning if they were coming from above but sometimes; you know how it is….there’s always an obnoxious teenager that wouldn’t. some that had dads handy with tools had homemdae bobsleds. others improvised. plastic tobaggans weren’t on the scene yet but there were the wooden one around. one year, my parents gave me a big wooden tobaggon for Christmas. took it up on the hill one day and nearly got killed with it. some of my cousins had improvised and had removed the car hood from a junked plymouth that sat out in the fields. they were pulling it off up the hill and i was careening down from the top of the third hill. they had a long rope tied to the front of the hood. they jumped out of my way but didn’t /could get the heavy hood out of my way. they tried to pull it up. instead it smashed the toboggan to smitherines. i don’t if i was crying from the pain of having a “head on collision” (literally) with that plymouth hood or losing my tobaggon. both were quite painful. incidently i had another head collision the other day. but this time it was my head on concrete. got a black eye swollen halfway shut and a good number of stitches. cried that day to:) but i doulbled up on my pain pills. thankfully my neighbor was handy and got me to the docs. but it looked like somebody had slaughtered an animal in my driveway.

    well, there’s my first post for the week…in your blog. lol

    • Pretty funny to picture a car hood careening down a steep hill! Kids are pretty inventive.

      So sorry you got hurt though--sounds awful. Praying a speedy recovery in Jesus’ name.

      Thanks Bud. Come post on my blog anytime. :)

    • If there’s some way I can go do this in Colorado, where the real “hills” are, I’m in for sure. ; )
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  6. So now I have an opportunity to break my leg while sitting in my very own couch. How convenient!
    Yeah, I’m not doing it.
    Craziest thing I ever did? Oh my! I just discovered I’m not a risk taker! Now I have to go reevaluate my whole life! Thanks a lot, Jason!

    ;-)
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    • This is what I do, Helen. I encourage most days and then bring people to existential crisis for the rest. :) It’s a give and take kind of thing. ha! Thanks.

  7. Love it! I would totally do this!

    We used to tie a rope to the back of a jeep and then climb onto a GT Racer and get pulled behind. It was a blast. :)
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    • That does sound like a blast! It’s probably telling that my first thought at reading that was “my mom would have killed me.” :) Thanks Kevin.

  8. I would do this…at least once. I might get tired of getting it back up the hill though and that would probably do me in. I wonder what the person does who rides the Lazy-boy down. Does he have to bring it back up. Since I am so tall I have to have an extended lazy-boy. That would be a real drag. We used to use car hoods flying down a golf driving range hill.
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    • You’re the second one to mention car hoods! Wow, I didn’t know that was a thing. :) I think as long as you had a group behind it pushing, it wouldn’t be that bad to get it up the hill. It would slide pretty easily with the skis on. Man, I gotta do this somehow!

      Thanks Bill.

  9. My kids would tell you “stories” of me in my youth at college but I wouldn’t believe them.
    Such as…

    Rolling a very large snowball (over 7 feet tall, it took quite a few folk) in front of the cafeteria door where it froze and nopbody could get in. It was protest moment.

    Pushing a non complient vending machine down three flights of stairs in one of the dorms. Again
    a protest moment.

    Hmmm…I probably should stop there…

    • Ha! It’s so fortunate how your ill-conceived actions coincided with those protest moments. You are one lucky guy! :)

      Thanks Jay.

  10. Nothing funnier than a bunch of guys I say. This looks fun. Once at the bottom of the hill, I’d pretend to have to go to the bathroom then ride up and meet them at the top. Just a little trick I learned from my sister when it was time to do the dishes.
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    • That’s a good trick. Just don’t share it with anyone else or they’ll be onto us. :) Thanks Robin.

  11. Count me in for skouching. If we don’t have a skouch, an inner tube will do!
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    • Those are definitely fun too! Thanks Larry.

  12. I would totally do that!
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    • Awesome. I’ll put you on the list. :) Thanks Dustin.

  13. My grandpa took someone’s old satellite dish (the giant, giant kind) and would pile all of my cousins in it to pull them behind his snowmobile. :)

    This idea looks much more comfy. Haha!
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    • I don’t know--that sounds pretty fun too! But yeah, a couch would be more comfortable, until you pile 15 people on it, of course. :)

      Thanks Melissa.

  14. I’ve never heard of it, but I would totally do it! And where I live, it wouldn’t be all that crazy. lol
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    • I don’t guess I thought of it as being crazy, but some would see it that way! Thanks Jason.

  15. That thing looks unsteerable..what happens if a huge tree gets in the way?

    Craziest thing I’ve done…Hmmm. Splash Mountain at the Orlando Magic Kingdom. If that’s not crazy enough, then taking my the sweet 77 Ford Mustand II up a hill 4 wheel style at my high school. Ended up messing it completely up.

    • Aw man, that’s so sad about your car! Sounds like something a teenager would do though. :) Thanks Eddy.

  16. shawn would so do this with you….ok so would I. :-) 5 brothers and me….I’ve tried alot of insane things for a girl. Otherwise I got called chicken so to hold my own I learned to do them. Between quads. Dune buggies. Desert camping equalled = a big sandbox to get in trouble!!!
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    • I think we’d have a blast. :) Thanks Bethany!

  17. I’ve heard of this--probably from a news story. Crazy. As for the craziest thing I’ve done with friends—I don’t have much. But I am working on that.
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    • Building up the ol’ testimony, huh? :) Thanks Matt!

  18. Oh man, to be in college again. Although come to think of it, I don’t think I had that much fun in college — I was way too uptight.

    Maybe now is a good time for me to try skouching??? Too bad I live in Nebraska…no good hills.

    Have a great weekend, Jason!

    • Come visit us, Michelle. Although our hills are called mountains. :) Thanks and you too!

  19. Ya know, come to think about it…I’d probably mess up the skouching anyways…probably chicken out at the last second and try to get up out of it, only to trip and fall right in front of it…lol

    • Those are words to live by: once you’re on the skouch, stay on the skouch! :) Thanks Eddy--that’s hilarious.

  20. Last summer Killian’s friends and I took an old mattress and put it on a steele frame with wheels. Rode that sucker down the hill in front of our house and only crashed into the neighbors bushes once. I think the pics are on my FB.

    • Nice! I’ll have to look for the pictures. Sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks Annie. :)