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Old 11-25-2010, 12:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So what's the deal and peoples opinion on this?. I've never had to deal with it till this year "schweitzer" for some odd reason feels the need to charge now to enter their park. To start with optimism I could see how possibly this would help them build better terrain but has anyone actually noticed a much better park after a mountain started charging to use it?. I'm thinking they'll just pocket the dough and I'm really not sure how they would go about enforcing it regularly. Certainly the good would be to keep those annoying lookie'lous out who just snake everything and sit in the landings but I really don't see how that's going to work unless they keep someone at the entrance of the park.
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Old 11-25-2010, 12:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Most places with park passes have someone at the top of the park or at the lift servicing the park checking for passes. It works to a certain extent. It depends on the system the mountain uses to obtain them. At camelback, you need to watch a video and stuff, and that alone turns most people away who should not be in there. Creek makes you take an online test thats so easy a first grader who never rode before could pass, thus really not doing anything to curb the problem.

Most resorts who implement passes have a beginner park located somewhere else on the mountain that does not require a pass so all the noobs have something to learn on, without getting in the way/creating a dangerous situation for those who are at a higher level.
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Old 11-25-2010, 12:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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They have a park pass here buts its only like $5 for the whole year and they give you a free $5 voucher for some food. You have to sign a waiver too (I think...) and the $5 goes towards processing or something. This is my first year at this resort so im not too sure but my buddy said when he came here last year he lapped the park a couple times and the lifty didn't give a shit.
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Old 11-25-2010, 01:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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actually paying an extra fee to ride a park seems like a very unpopular idea.
but when you think about it, if its a fair price like $5 like Jekklund said i think i would rather have it that way.

It will keep all the little kids and their parents that dont belong there out and actually make the place safer
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Old 11-25-2010, 01:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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At Schweitzer it's a $15 one time fee, and more then anything it's basically to keep all the 8-year-old lookie-lous and their parents from standing on jumps and creating potential hazards. I'm not sure beyond the $15 fee they will require you to do, on their latest posting the guy who manages the park said he will be running the "certification" thing at 11:00 and 1:00. I don't know what that entails, but it's more then likely just a briefing on safety and terrain park rules.

So the main objective is to keep people who don't belong in the park out, and to educate those who could potentially needlessly injure themselves or others. They said for this weekend no park passes will be required, and I would imagine probably not for a while until they get the park to full capacity.

All I know is I'm gonna be hitting powder stashes tomorrow, not jibbing shit when we have all this new snow
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For it 100%...keep the turds out of the park. They should have them take a 15 min intro seminar like they do at Six Flags when you buy the Flash Pass. Maybe It'll prevent this from happening

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For it 100%...keep the turds out of the park. They should have them take a 15 min intro seminar like they do at Six Flags when you buy the Flash Pass. Maybe It'll prevent this from happening

YouTube - GIRL GETS CRUSHED BY SKIER
Yea I hear you, I've seen that video before and I've seen something similar to that happen quite a few times. A lot of People are stupid, or simply credulous in that girls case. Will be interested to see how schweitzer keeps the decree in the park cause their's usually nobody really watching the entrance to the main park.

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All I know is I'm gonna be hitting powder stashes tomorrow, not jibbing shit when we have all this new snow

Yea I'm expecting to just be riding the mountain tmr, probably gonna bust out the rock board; webcam still looks sketchy to me. Last year there was a line for the park on opening day and since this one lands during a holiday I'm expecting it to be even worse.
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The webcam? It hasn't been working for weeks lol. The last image I saw on any of them was from like 3 weeks ago. I'm deffinitely bringing my rock board too though because I don't want to kill my brand new Evo yet.

On a side note, it's fucking snowing more here in Sagle then at the mountain. I think after today I won't be hitting dirt and rocks anymore in my backyard park.
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The webcam? It hasn't been working for weeks lol. The last image I saw on any of them was from like 3 weeks ago. I'm deffinitely bringing my rock board too though because I don't want to kill my brand new Evo yet.

On a side note, it's fucking snowing more here in Sagle then at the mountain. I think after today I won't be hitting dirt and rocks anymore in my backyard park.
Check the webcam they have what I believe is a new still up right now, also they posted pictures of them riding the terrain yesterday on facebook.


Sagle, now I'll track you down and find your terrain park :P , It's snowing pretty decently here in post falls, rather it make it's way to schweitzer :P
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I'm for a park pass. Not everyone should be in there. I have seen plenty of people try hits that they were in no way prepared for. Ski-patrol, helicopter out, all of that. People need to work their way up in the park, but no one wants to be the silly looking noob learning to ollie.
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