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Old 03-18-2013, 08:40 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I just ride, do my own thing and dont give a shit what anybody else does really. I always leave the mountain stoked, not full of pent up frustration from all the things I didnt like.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:05 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I can see where the OP is coming from, you dont want your new stick busted up b/c of a hazard you didnt know was there, and you dont want to have people zipping by you at high speeds who arent paying close attention/in complete control, BUT...

Have you ever driven on a highway in Alberta? A major freeway anywhere? Its the same thing...the roads can have hazards and people are assholes....something you just gotta get used to.

Unfortunately long lift lines, poor conditions and inconsiderate people are something we have to get used to as the resorts are packed due this sport (and skiing but less so) being awesome! We get spoiled by days that have bottomless pow and no lines (Nelson on a weekday is my white rabbit), but like my friend above from Japan said...just go do your thing and be stoked!
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:05 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Sounds like you are riding in spring time conditions. Extremely hard for a hill to manage. Rocks and brown patches are only going to get worse for you now. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Impossible for every rock and patch to get roped off. Same goes with the icy spots when the temp rises and cools so fast. Now add the folks that either pizza or 50/50 down the entire run. Only makes things worse. What little snow there is gets pushed to the sides and the bottom of the mountain.

Music and video recording are something that every hill has. I have my mp3 player in one ear and a Contour on the side of my helm. I can hear just fine and have yet to become a liability to anyone else because I was recording something.

Lift ops will herd you like cattle when things are busy. Get use to it. If I'm running our 6 man high speed and there is a line, I want 6 to a chair so people can get in as many runs as possible. We don't allow anyone to "carry" their board or skis on the chairs. That seems like a accident waiting to happen. I don't want people flailing that shit around in my face when unloading.

If I happen to be riding and don't know the folks on my chair I will either unload at the last possible moment or push off the back of the chair to get a jump start. Works great for steering clear of wipeouts.

Nothing you can really do about it and getting bent out of shape over it will only ruin your day. The more you visit your local hill the better you get at spotting "dangers" before they happen. Just worry about yourself, relax, and have a good time.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:10 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Funny you mention highways Banjo because the drivers here are pathetic, so its only natural it transfers over to their skiing as well haha.

Like I said in the original post, I might be whining a bit too much but it was a really frustrating day. I'm ok with these things normally and I've always enjoyed myself but that day was a little excessive. Oh well, shit happens.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:12 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Is this thread just full of pussies or what? Sack up!
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:14 AM   #16 (permalink)
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We don't allow anyone to "carry" their board or skis on the chairs. That seems like a accident waiting to happen. I don't want people flailing that shit around in my face when unloading.
Yea, I've never seen that either....ever, anywhere. Its not that difficult to get off a lift and if you happen to fall well so what. They'd jump off the chair quickly and run down the little icy slope holding their board in one hand.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:54 AM   #17 (permalink)
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A lot of what the OP said is hard for the hill to manage, but I do get irked on a busy day when the lift attendants are just sitting there and not shoveling any new snow or cleaning up the lift entrances/exits. I experienced this last weekend when the grooves cut into the entrance to the lift made it impossible to balance on your board... I mean deep 4 to 6 inch valleys and troughs, 8 in each entrance to the quad (not the line, but getting on the actual lift). The lifty could have just raked it out... but that didn't happen the entire day. Just icy valleys and awkward slipping around by every snowboarder there.

Same deal with the exit... they could have easily shoveled some snow on the ramp and raked it but the lifty sat on his ass until 1 or 2 PM.
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:44 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I'll add to the pile of dumb crap people do (I'll admit to doing this a few times too but I was too young to care at the time..) Don't get high and ride. Seriously. Its dumb. No one wants to get behind your Rally van going all 25 MPH up county roads on the way to the hill pothead. No one wants to share a lift or mountain with someone all screwed up.

Particularly with spring riding...the hill staff have to be dilligent in closing off trails and marking hazards. Not doing it is just lazy. 99% of places I've been to are good about this. Any staff that isnt shouldnt be getting your money.
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:50 AM   #19 (permalink)
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I don't see the problem....guess I have to start riding some shitty ass hills

But give the gapers a break...you../..I waz one once...and spring time is great for gaper learning...yesterday there was a ton of little kids out on the hill that were very stoked. They were even pretty cool...in that they let my crew "play through" to inaliate some fresh 24" 50 degree slope powder field for them.
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I'll add to the pile of dumb crap people do (I'll admit to doing this a few times too but I was too young to care at the time..) Don't get high and ride. Seriously. Its dumb. No one wants to get behind your Rally van going all 25 MPH up county roads on the way to the hill pothead. No one wants to share a lift or mountain with someone all screwed up.
Potheads out trying to take over the world again! Those crazy potheads. Constantly ruining everyones fun time by having fun of their own. What assholes. They are just the absolute worst. I can't think of anything worse than a person minding their own high business while not bothering anyone. Fucking hippies.

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