No need to feel sorry for him or be condescending. Not everyone can live near a killer mountain, so you make do and find fun where you can. Few things irritate me more than sitting on a lift with someone who is a first-timer at the hill and is used to skiing out west and then listening to them complain loudly about how awful the hill is and how they would kill themselves if they had to live here. So annoying.
Whoa... hahaha! Condescending? All I said was that it was my first time riding in the Midwest, never complained or belittled anything. Common sense got me that far.
I felt sorry for him and myself, my home is the Midwest. He seemed like a nice guy and I respected the hell out of him for "riding what he's got".