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Whistler accident that left Peter Ladner with broken bones ignites debate on safety of older skiers

Story regarding skiing injuries and crashes at Whistler. One is quoted as saying snowboarders who go fast can't turn and are like missiles. Where have we heard that before, reminds me of that video from the 80's posted not too long ago. As if skiers can turn quickly and top on a dime when bombing down a run.

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On a recent trip over at Squaw, two skiers decided that it was more efficient to push their way through in an attempt to pair up with other small groups. When we told them that is what the single line is for, they got upset and started accusing my group of being disorganized. That's when things got pretty heated, and words were exchanged. He and his wife finally backed down, but acted all high and mighty. Then another skier decided to take their side, and comment about how people on snowboards are second rate citizens.

Lovely... Not saying assholes are all on skis, but I certainly run into quite a bit of them.
squaw is kinda notorious for prejudice against snowboarders among their older locals. It's the most uptight place I've been in Tahoe.

I normally, don't bother with lowering the bar, but I found myself in a slight state of acrophobia when on the Squaw's "headwall express" lift for the first time (highest non-gondola lift I've ever seen). So I slowly started to lower the bar and, before I could say anything, the hippie skier lady next to me moves her head forward at the same time and it barely touches the bar...she gave me a look like "you almost killed me!" and had a bad attitude the rest of the way up. I've also had local squaw skiers (good skiers) purposely haul ass by me, clipping my board they were so close.

Just this jan, I was on the gondola at heavenly and some old local skier lady started going off about how snowboarders are so reckless and how much she disapproves of snowboards (she never stopped talking the whole way up). Well, because the skis/snowboards are stored on the outside of the gondola, she obviously couldn't see that there was one snowboard on there...mine. I barely could interrupt her rant when I informed her that I was a snowboarder and the last person to take me down was a skier...she started talking about some other bullshit.
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Ive had skiers actually look uphill at me bombing down and purposely change their line...to coincide with mine! Yes it is the responsibility of the faster mover to avoid slower traffic, but when this shit happens, I will, at the very least, ride over their skis. That said...the last two people to run into me and cause damage to my board have been inexperienced boarders on trails far too advanced for them. Conclusion...I hate people all together!

But yes, skiers in particular, are far more snooty than any boarder I have come across. I think snowboarding is a humbling experience. People who have progressed have a great appreciation for the sport and tend to (on average) have far better attitudes toward others. That has been my mostly SoCal experience.
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My brother is a skier. he is my favorite weapon when arrogant skiers start to run their mouths....last time on a lift with me and 3 skiers, one of the 2 said "itd be easier if you just rode the t-bar or went up with other faggy snowboarders" to which he immediately replied "heres a thought, why dont you mind your own f*cking business...say another word on this whole ride and ill eject both your f*cking skis and we will see who should be riding the t-bar." pulls out his flask takes a drink while staring at these goofs and says "awful quiet over there now, hey?"

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skiers are assholes, but not all of them! Had some good times with some skiers I met on lifts and did a few runs together. its the same everywhere....generally people are cool, but there are always a few assholes that give everyone a bad name.

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*for the record my bro looks like a total gapper...he has the denim look snowpants that he sewed a wrangler patch on, and always wears his cowboy hat while skiing....its a sight to see, especially when he is bombing as he is a VERY advanced skier, haha*
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Skiers complain about how boarders "wreck the snow" but it doesn't seem to occur to them that snowplow skiers do exactly the same thing.
Can someone explain to me how we "wreck the snow?" If anything skiers doing figure 8s right next to each other mogul out the steeps during powder days SO FAST.
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Can someone explain to me how we "wreck the snow?" If anything skiers doing figure 8s right next to each other mogul out the steeps during powder days SO FAST.
Well as you know, we are second rate citizens. Our very presence turns the snow to shit.
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Can someone explain to me how we "wreck the snow?" If anything skiers doing figure 8s right next to each other mogul out the steeps during powder days SO FAST.
Noob boarders, doing "falling leaf" or even just heel-edging down a slope that's beyond their capability, scraping the new snow off the hardpack. Exactly what noob skiers do with snowplowing, but somehow skiers don't think of that.


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SOme horror stories.

I have to say that in 5 years riding Kirkwood I never met such types. But Kirkwood is famous for people that just loves to ride or ski better than bitching.
That said my in ear earphones are great at blocking that chatter out on the chair... and I'm too busy enjoying the powder to care about them anyway.

I skied until I was 25 or so... switched at 40. Never even thinking about going back on planks.

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