i ideally have 1 or 2 riding mates of similar skill level and mind set. anymore than that and it becomes too much about management.
what's frustrating is when your riding mate brings his/her girlfriend/boyfriend who's clearly not as into the sport or lacks the stamina that the rest of the group has. every third run you end up waiting 10 minutes because the group gets into the following clusterfuck:
girlfriend: i think i need a break, i'm tired.
riding mate: oh, well...*shuffle feet*
girlfriend: you guys can go up...i'll just wait for you guys down here.
riding mate: hmmm, well...i dunno...
girlfriend: no seriously, just go...i'll be here.
*couple of minutes of silent intimacy*
riding mate: ...it IS getting close to lunch, i guess we can take it now.
girlfriend: no honey, i want you to go have fun. don't worry about me.
riding mate: it's okay. i'm getting hungry anyway.
girlfriend: what about the rest of your friends? (points to us waiting by the lift line)
riding mate (skates over to us): me and my girl are gonna take lunch now. you guys can keep going.
ridind mate 2: ...hmmm, yeah, you know what, lunch does sound pretty good right now.
riding mate: no no no, you guys can go up for another run if anything.
riding mate 3: i AM getting kind of hungry...
riding mate: well, it's up to you guys. she's a bit tired, and i figure it's close to lunch anyway.
riding mate 4: so...what are we doing?
*5 minutes of silence and shuffling feet*
most of the best riding i've done was by myself or with 1 other person. and by 1 other person, i mean it could be a group, but you and someone else are locked in focus together and are tearing it up.
Last edited by onefutui2e; 02-18-2012 at 01:00 AM.