I was at the hill today with a buddy (fellow forum member) and a dad with a 6-8 yr old daughter called us "you snowboarders !!!!!"
Condition: This particular lift feed 2 runs one on each side of the lift. He and I rode down and saw the long line then proceed around to enter from the hill that feeds the opposite side of the lift.
This father then says we need to go to the end of the line. I was willing to go but my buddy wasn't so we stayed. Got into a small jabbing back and forth. No raised voices or language was used by either of us.
Yes we were in the wrong but. The lift does feed 2 hills if you come from the other side no reason to ride to the end of the line. The lefties had no gates or line forming equipment up to help with line control. In my 4 years of riding at this resort this is common practice for all groups of ppl.
I was just set back that I, this dad, not hiding behind goggles, older than this guy got called out in a derogatory way as a snowboarder. I now truly know what some of you all must have gone through back in the day or still currently.
I so wanted to say "yo broh, chill all is smooth, relax and smoke a bowl" sorry I really don't know the lingo but you get my point
Well first off if you're smart enough to not be cattle then you should be commended. Sounds like dipshit was upset that he's cattle and part of the herd. Second if that's the worst you got called for riding a snowboard be happy. I do not miss the days of having to fight someone 20 plus years my senior for their "respect" to slide sideways.
I was willing to go but my buddy wasn't so we stayed. Got into a small jabbing back and forth. No raised voices or language was used by either of us.
Yes we were in the wrong but.
You were absolutely NOT in the wrong in this case. That guy is an idiot. If you can load on the lift from either side, pick the shortest side. Seems like a no-brainer to me.
edit: and to relate to your story I rode up the lift with an older couple (in their upper 40's) yesterday at Okemo who were wearing skis and outerwear from the early 90's telling me they understood why ALTA doesn't allow snowboarders, because snowboards do something to the snow. And that skiers shouldn't go into the terrain park. Dumbest conversation I've had on the lift in recent memory. The guy couldn't even explain what that somthing was.
We do that all the time or pull up in the singles, and if only a pair or triple for a quad...jump right in. Its funny when a couple are up and you jump to the line to ride up with them and then they hold back for the next chair and the lifty yells at them to get on. Anyway bad form to have empty seat going up on a line up day.
Last edited by wrathfuldeity; 02-16-2014 at 05:21 PM.
It's pretty common (and good design) to have 2 runs fill the lift from either side. You take a look for the shortest line at the last pitch.
Pretty poor for the hill not have a corral.
(which brings me to my pet peeve: every hill wants to improve their upload capacity without buying new lifts. Train your lifties to manage the lines on busy days so that every chair goes up full. Viola! 30-50% more uploads! Pisses me off to pay big $$ for a lift ticket only to stand in a long line watching chair after chair go up with an empty seat or 2)