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post #1 of 10
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Not sure where to start so here goes...   

     I'm just curious what others would do in this type of situation.  Over the weekend we (wife, 8yo son, 9yo son, and I) went into the lodge at 11:15am for lunch (packed in cooler).  Older woman sitting at a picnic table, I ask if we can sit and she says "we have 7 sitting here."  There is nobody sitting there and nobody showed up.  One son sat on another bench, one son sat on the cooler and my wife and I stood and ate.  We are never inside for more than 20-30minutes.  I am getting tired of dealing with these people who sit in the lodge all day for the sole purpose of "reserving" a table for others. 

     We enjoy this particular mountain and will continue to go back.  We left early this past weekend because we couldn't deal with how inconsiderate and rude some people were.  We have never experienced this behavior while skiing here.  Is this what happens during "school vacation week"?  All ski areas are overcome by the "inconsiderates"?

     I am by no means "overly-sensitive".  I am out to enjoy the day skiing with my family.  Silly me, I thought others would be trying to enjoy themselves also. 

    

post #2 of 10

Yeah, I would have just sat down. Saving tables/seats in a crowded venue is about the most obnoxious thing that someone can do. I remember someone tried to pull that on me once, and I said something to the effect that we're sitting here until your party arrives. And, sure enough, we were done well before. Sorry, you can't have one person save a table for a party of 50 if it's crowded. Get out of the way and wait your turn.

 

That being said, you could avoid that whole scenario with a lift sandwich. That's pretty much the only lunch I eat when riding. Don't waste ski time eating; don't overpay for food and don't have to deal with the wet, sweaty lunch crowds--it's a beautiful thing. I like the cooler idea, but you gotta take that puppy to go.

post #3 of 10

We ran into that a couple of days over Christmas at Snowbasin - people had basically set up their home offices at a large table or booth in the very busy lodge.  Didn't see any food/drink from the servery on their tables either.  SB puts up signs over busy holidays stating their policy that sharing tables is required and no off-mountain food is allowed in the lodge, so we figured karma would eventually catch up with these folks.  It sure comes off as rude, though, must agree.  I would have had to restrain myself from being snarky, however, when she said "we have 7 sitting here" - my response would have been something like "7 what?  White 6-foot-tall rabbits named Harvey?"

post #4 of 10

I agree with Joe.  I'd simply sit down and say something offhand like "Ok, I'll move when they show up".  As others have said, you can't "reserve" tables or space for folks who are not even in the lodge at the time (it's different if they've just come in, left their goggles, and walked off to the bathroom).  I'm not at all nasty, nor confrontational, but some folks just need to have the limits and rules drawn out for them clearly.  Especially on busy days, we all need to be willing to cooperate.  It's important to remind folks of that sometimes.

post #5 of 10

Sit down. If those seven people come over and want to sit, apologize and offer them their seat.  These are public tables for people to use, not reserved restaurant seating.    (Especially if its to sit for 20-30!!!!)

post #6 of 10

I deal with 2 or 3 times a week at the local ski hill.  Large groups come in and set up shop all over the place then leave 1 or 2 people behind to "save" their spot.  Its the worst on cold, cloudy days when its very crowded.  The lodge has 3 distinct sections, two of which are suppose to be for groups, familes, etc.  However the other part has a 3 sided fire place and damn near every morning someone with drag a table right up against the fire place to make it there own.  I am sure over the years over the years we have really pissed off a lot of day trippers when we drag the tables and all their junk back to where they started the day so more than 1 person can enjoy the fire.

post #7 of 10

I also really hate the bags under the tables. It's essentially trying to stake an all day claim to lodge space. Total BS. I wish places would do a better job enforcing bag storage. But, often, there simply is no where to store bags. Bag storage space is often pretty limited and well... I have no problem with parents sitting in the lodge with their computers, as long as they are willing to graciously share the table with others looking for a spot to sit and have a cup of coffee or eat their lunch. But usually they spread as much stuff out on the table as possible to keep everyone away. I often read about the rude behavior in European lift lines. When we've been in Austria we've mostly had the opposite experience. Indeed, I recall standing in a busy hut at lunch, looking like a lost American looking for a place to sit, and having folks invite us to sit with them.

post #8 of 10

I recall a very (very very very )long time ago a friend of mine noticed a bag under the table we were sitting at in the lodge was slightly unzipped.  There was what turned out to be a large bag of nonono2.gifillegal substance visible in the bag near the top.  What were we talking about again?spit.gif

 

Oh ya, let's just say we helped dispose of it so no (other) vulnerable teenagers happened across itdevil.gif

post #9 of 10

I had pretty much considered this just a problem of skiing in Indiana but from the sounds of it the problem is much more wide spread.

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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

I recall a very (very very very )long time ago a friend of mine noticed a bag under the table we were sitting at in the lodge was slightly unzipped.  There was what turned out to be a large bag of nonono2.gifillegal substance visible in the bag near the top.  What were we talking about again?spit.gif

 

Oh ya, let's just say we helped dispose of it so no (other) vulnerable teenagers happened across itdevil.gif

 

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Saturday as I was walking from the employee lot to the lodge I walked by a car with three half empty cans of Red Bull sitting on the hood of the car where I had seen some teenagers when I pulled in.  There was a breeze at the time but the forecast was for 10-15 mph winds so they would eventually be blown around the parking lot and probably into the trees.  I gave their vehicle a bath with the remaining Red Bull and took the cans to the recycling bin.  Jacktards.nonono2.gif

 

We have the same problem with people staking out tables with people and/or 100 gallon coolers.  It's compounded by the fact that it was tolerated and abused for most of 50 years.  The new owners are trying to change it but sometimes it seems like trying to turn an aircraft carrier.  Some people have become really abusive of the Mountain Hosts at times and unfortunately have not suffered any consequences for it.
 

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