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Old 02-17-2009, 05:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Snowboarding single handily saved ski resorts. That's a bold statement to make right? Maybe not, snowboarding brought more people into snow sliding and a younger crowd. But with all that there was the resentment from the old school crowd of skiers who thought it was a fad, dangerous, and down right disgraceful. Here we are in 2009, 30 plus years after snowboarding was allowed into resorts and yet there's still people with this mentality lurking. I had a run in with not 1 but 2 people in an authoritative position that shared this sentiment. I give you the twisted tale of dealing with throwbacks to the neolithic age of snowboarding.


This was day three of the on snow demo's and the weather had finally cooperated and made for a one of those awesome Colorado days. I continued on with testing as many products as I could get on and doing the same exact laps I had been doing for the two previous days. The only difference being the over abundance of rent a cops patrolling the slopes. Now for the most part these rent a cops avoid people like me as I can ride circles around them on a bad day, but today it seems that the fine weather gave them some super human power to exude assaholiosis staining the once pristine white slopes brown!

So as I venture my way out of the park finishing up my second lap on the Nidecker Addict, I see a group of these rent a cops lurking behind a slow sign. Who they're fooling with their weak attempt to blend in with the sign I don't know. I pass them with no problem and head into the bottle neck where the shit storm begins. As I'm coming back in to head down to Mountain House I see one of these yellow clad minimum wage snow carnies with his arms out pushing his palms up and down. Now me being one to understand sign language I take this as slow down. I scrub my speed on my toe side and give him a thumbs up to acknowledge his request. I venture on my merry way figuring nothing is wrong.

Due to the fact its going to go over the maximum allotment of characters I'll link you to the rest. The Angry Snowboarder: The Police State of Keystone
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Old 02-17-2009, 06:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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excellent post!
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Old 02-17-2009, 06:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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wow i cant believe i read that whole thing lol...anyhow you got fucked, you shouldnt have done what you did but you knew that. just a note to myself to never go there
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Old 02-17-2009, 06:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Nice post. I've had to deal with people like this at Cypress in Vancouver before. Unfortunately I didn't keep my cool as well as you did yada yada yada, the police met me at the bottom of the mountain with a roadblock.
Word of advice; when they ask for your pass, give it to them. Don't put it in your pocket and say 'what pass?'
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Keystone cops.... You made a funny.
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Wow really lame.
I would have probably flipped shit.
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Old 02-18-2009, 09:21 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Keystone was the second to last resort to allow snowboarding in Colorado. I believe it was 94. Up until that point the reason for not allowing snowboarding was that it was "not a family sport". They had to cave as families were not coming there because Susie or Johnny snowboarded. As seen by BA's experience the old school attitude still persists. It's one of the main reasons I don't really recommend Keystone. Their attitude sucks and if boarder numbers dropped because we weren't going there, they would start to ask "why?". They are part of Vail resorts and VR would not like it if the numbers at Keystone dropped.
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:27 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Boycott Keystone!!!! we need bumper stickers

I believe rent a cops probably don't need to pass a personality profile. You should try to get in the local newspaper editorial with out names due to it might be taken as slanderous.
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Curious, did you ever get an answer as to how they determine that someone is going too fast and not riding in control? Especially when the person making the determination is at a lower skill level?

What a bunch of Power-tripping, d-bags! Like wanting an explanation from a supervisor for an incident that could involve many weeks of suspension is asking too much.
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The resort shit show is one of many reasons I don't frequent them often. Though I still do hold a pass good for Copper, Winterpark, and Steamboat. All of those places can have their ski patrol issues, but it's been a long time since I've had a run in. In fact Sushicat's son was trying to keep up with me on the Mary Jane trail and I flew by a bunch of ski patrol giving them a wide berth, where they pulled him over. Evidently I looked in control and he was kind of a spaz. So I'll give them credit there. Plus I like to have some "slackcountry" days using lifts to get me to the goods. Last Friday at Winterpark was perfect for that and I had blast.

Overall though it's hard to beat getting after it own your own. I've met up and made several great friends riding in the backcountry, every year. I don't think I've made one friend by meeting them randomly at a resort. It's a true brotherhood out there.
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