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Old 12-08-2012, 10:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I went to the slopes today, I did some riding
Took a break went back to the mountain and got stopped at the top of the lift by one of the lift operators, he asked me to wait at the top of the lift because someone wanted to talk to me
I hadn't done anything wrong, so it seemed really odd
I had walk back to my brother's car to get my phone to see where he was at on the mountain, I was hoping he had left the trunk open
I tried the door and the other doors and some people had saw me, I figured that's what this person wanted to talk to me about

They got up to the top of the lift and it was ski patrol, them I thought maybe my brother or his girlfriend had got hurt.

None of that, the red jacket I was wearing had a white cross on it, they told me that they didn't want me to be wearing my jacket because someone mite think I'm ski patrol

Couple problems with that, the cross on my jacket is on my chest, its small like 2 inches across.
My jacket is completely red, the ones they have are red and black, with a total of 4 crosses, one that is on their back that is about 10 inches across

They asked me to take it off, shortly after they tried to tape over it with electrical tape (didn't work)
Thankfully I had a couple coats in my pack so I could finish the day.


I'm wanting to know if anyone else thinks it's a little jacked up they asked me to not wear the coat I was wearing because it had a cross on it?
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds stupid to me.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Tell them to get buy you a new Coat.

F**k them, I'd talk to the manager, but I'm pretty hot headed about that drivel.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I would say it depends. If there is a reasonable chance that the average person on the mountain would mistake you for a ski patrol guy, then you really should not be wearing that outfit. If it is clear that you are not ski patrol, then it is a douche move to make you take off/change the jacket.
It is a judgment call and I do not think we have enough information to make that judgment (not having seen the jacket, etc.).
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm 5' 10" so I could see why someone would think I'm an adult, but I'm 15 almost 16
Pretty sure most 15 year olds haven't taken a basic EMT exam
(You have to have that to do ski patrol)

I was riding a snowboard, I'm pretty sure they call it ski patrol for a reason....
I think I may have seen 1 ski patrol person on a snowboard at some point, not sure though.

It's an LL bean anorak shell jacket
It looks nothing like a ski patrol jacket.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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post a pic of the jacket
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Just cause its ski patrol doesn't mean that it is just skiers. Ski patrol is open to any of the disciplines. While it is a little lame that they wanted you not to wear the jacket and were trying to get you not to wear it understand they did have some real safety concerns with someone confusing you with them but could also be one of them confusing you with another patroller. Granted by the sounds of it isn't likely, but the similarities was enough that they noticed you in the first place. Because a resort is a business they can decided to refuse service. Not necessarily fair but that's life. I say it isn't worth the time to get to upset about it. Heck one day you may need them and I believe in not screwing with karma. Plus I'd rather ride incognito anyways and it doesn't sound like that jacket would do the trick.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Tell them your swiss and it's part of your national flag, and you feel that they're discriminating against the swiss. Should shut them up quick!
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I agree with the above statement that if they tell you that you cant wear it then they need to buy you a new one. Ask them if anywhere in the rules on the issue and what specifically they are. You did not order the same jacket ski patrol wears so you are not impersonating them, and even so i dont think it's a crime to impersonate ski patrol anyway. They might as well ban all red colored jackets because form a quick glance it "might" look like a ski patrol person. They cant press any legal charges so talk to a manager and tell them to deal with it.
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Old 12-09-2012, 01:19 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Wear it again, see are you pulled again. I'd say this is one patroller being a dick, the rest probably couldn't care less.
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