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Old 02-03-2009, 10:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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(1) I get on the lift. I'm on the far left. Two older skiers on my right. As soon as I sit down, I lean forward a tad and look down. I am trying to be considerate, so I am looking to see where dude's skis are. I wanted to make sure my board did not hit them. Lift had moved more than 7 feet at this point. Suddenly I feel this huge whack on the back on the top of my head. It is the safety bar. One of the skiers had SLAMMED it down before we had even gotten out of the loading area. Fortunately, I was wearing a helmet. Despite that, I could still feel the impact. The bar bounces back up off my helmet. I look over at the guy make a WTF? gesture. He says nothing. I just shake my head at him. Helmets are good, stupid people are bad.

(2) Slow, soft snow today (small storm, with wet snow). Insane uphill wind. People in park trying to hit big kickers. Very, very hard to get enough speed. People kept landing (on flat) about 3 feet short of the knuckle, and then bouncing over it in catastrophic wrecks.

(3) I pull into lift line, and bend down to unbuckle while still moving. Just as I am about to come to a stop, I proceed to step out of my rear binding. With a total shock, I fall flat on my face. Guess someone didn't unbuckle that ankle strap all the way. Awesome.

(4) Tried an icy mogul run. Switch. Yeah. That didn't go over to well. Darwin is always right behind me, laughing.

(5) Again, very very windy today (thus, bad wind chill factor). I doubled-up on the UA hood for the first time on the mountain (see other post). In my 20+ years of riding, no question, that was best set-up for face protection I've ever tried.
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Oh, sounds like a tough day of riding. I usually find that when I have a rough day, the next time I go is always awesome.
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Oh, sounds like a tough day of riding. I usually find that when I have a rough day, the next time I go is always awesome.
Only thing that was really rough was the conditions (wind and slow snow). Otherwise everything else was fine. Hardly anyone there which is always great.
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Did u go to Wachusett?
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I fucking hate the safety bar, I'll never put it down myself but I always expect someone else to do it without consideration or notice. Taken a few hits to the noggin because of people being dicks like that. But that guy was just cold man, I woulda flipped on him
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Did u go to Wachusett?
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Yeah if gotten hit by the safety bar.

Worst was when my backpack was stuff, and the guy kept trying to throw it down so i was still stuck.

I told him to hold his shit up, im stuck.
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I've been whacked on the back of my (fortunately, helmeted) head with the safety bar too. Unless you've got scared little kids with you, why would you even use the safety bar? And if you must use it, at least have the courtesy to let people know or make sure you're not going to give someone a concussion before you put it down.

I've pulled a #3 before too. It was all kinds of steezy.
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I generally wear a backpack which makes me closer to the edge of the seat. Id rather have the bar down.
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Hows the park? How were the conditions? I'm going up next week.
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