Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Southern California
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The gotdamn gapers are the worst. I often go riding with my daughter (11 years old, her second full season). She's just linking turns and gotten enough confidence to ride the "big lift" to the top of the mountain. I've taken to just heel-sliding about 10 feet uphill of her just to keep the gapers at bay. I don't mind that people are n00bs, everyone has been a n00b before. But if you're a gotdamn n00b have the common courtesy to stick to the bunny hill until you can at least turn (i'm not even talking about linking turns, just a basic fucking turn to get out of the way). I myself am Asian and I hate to stereotype, but it's the gotdamn weekend Asian gapers that drive in from LA that are the worst. They get decked out in rental ski gear, have absolutely no idea what they are doing, and figure to get their money's worth they should ride to the top of the mountain and just bomb down the hill. You can tell that they're the LA Asian gaper crowd because they usually don't start showing up on the runs until late afternoon.
That being said, we've never actually gotten into a collision with a gaper mostly due to our vigilance and sheer good luck (we've had some close calls). THe only actual collision we've had was with a teenager snowboarder who was bombing down the hill with very little awareness of people around him. He sideswiped my daughter at full speed and seriously knocked the wind out of her. It was a big scare for us but luckily nothing bad happened.
tl;dr: don't be an asshole on the slopes, and watch your own six.
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