Originally Posted by sheepstealer
The subject is a tad misleading so let me try and explain as best I can: On the weekends in the winter I work at a mid-sized mountain in the northeast As an employee I help run the grom program; kids ages 9-14 who eventually want to compete in the various USASA events. Erego, we spend a lot of time in the park.
The park itself is on its own little hill with its own lift. You cannot get to it riding from any other part of the mountain (you have to go to the park lift). The problem the mountain has is the park is open to the public. And I mean EVERYONE. There is absolutely nothing preventing mom, dad and little Jimmy from dropping into the couple 40-50 booters we have. Or sitting on the landings. Or traversing across the landings. Or hitting the sides of run-ups to the jibs. Or not calling drops. Get it? Bottom line - Iíd say about 40-50% of the people in the park on a regular Saturday have NO idea about basic park etiquette.
This - as you can imagine - has caused problems. We had a few very close calls with tourists last year (and not just my group, the ski freestyle team and various development programs as well). On one occasion an athlete almost had his back broken by an idiot tourist not waiting for the athlete to clear the landing. Another factor in this equation is the set up of the park - thereís an expert side and a beginner side. Thereís no middle ground (which is tough, and Iíve touted this before to my boss). So, if an athlete wants to progress from the basic 10- 15- foot jumps, the only option is to charge the 50 footers. Doesnít make much sense.
What Iím asking from the forum community is how I could even attempt to change this. The good news is I have the ear of our program director, who reports directly to the GM. The bad news is the director doesnít care much for the snowboard program (or the freestyle program in general). Priorities lie with the race team.
Iíve gone over this in my head a dozen times, the only thing I can think of is to implement a park pass. Even then, Iím not sure how much good it will do. The other issue is park design. I know the park crew but they have a short leash with what they can do.
Any ideas snowboardingforum? Thanks for reading, I know its long.
Welcome to most every other major resort on a weekend. It's horrible at Northstar.
Getting a park pass implemented would be the ideal way to go, but I do hope you realize what an uphill battle that would be.