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What is the worst advice you have gotten from a local?

 

An incident at lunch today got me thinking about bad advice from locals.  I think it stems mainly from 2 things- 1. local bias & 2. taking certain things (including ability level) for granted.

 

I'll start things off-

 

1. Advice from Bourg St. Maurice/Les Arc locals: La Plagne is flat/sucks/isn't worth the time- when I finally got over there things couldn't have been further from the truth.  Sure the center of the resort was flat like the lower parts of Breck, but, like Breck, there was plenty of good terrain if you were looking for it.

 

I think today's lunch conversation originated from #2- taking someone's ability level for granted.  A friend of mine who has lived in Aspen the last winters, made a comment about wanting to ski Highland Bowl.  She is about as ready for this as I am for Everest- she has always preferred blue groomers when we have skied together and I have never seen her ski a black run (or even mentioned wanting to ski one).  She did say that she wanted to do it when "conditions were good" but I am not sure what she meant by that as she may never have woken up early enough to actually ski real powder. 

 

I was actually a bit surprised that she had even heard of Highland Bowl.   My only guess about how she got the idea of skiing it is that one or more locals mentioned to her something along the line of "its not that hard," "the hike is the hardest part," "it looks harder than it is" or "it is easy when the conditions are good."  I can only hope she overheard these conversations and that they were not directed specifically to her.  If the later was the case, then she has really improved her skiing since we went out in December or the person giving the advice has never seen her ski.


Edited by MEfree30 - 3/18/11 at 6:54am
post #2 of 9

"Lay off the coffee when going to altitude"

 

 

post #3 of 9

"Mary Jane is the only good skiing at winter park, the rest of it is either crowded, icy, or has long flat catwalks." This is coming from a friend of mine who lives in golden (not a true local) and boards 5-10 days a year. He loves to call people "gapers" way too much, I am straight up sick of and refuse to use the word unless absolutley true (almost never).

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Originally Posted by snowyphil65 View Post

"Mary Jane is the only good skiing at winter park, the rest of it is either crowded, icy, or has long flat catwalks." This is coming from a friend of mine who lives in golden (not a true local) and boards 5-10 days a year. He loves to call people "gapers" way too much, I am straight up sick of and refuse to use the word unless absolutley true (almost never).



Speaking of gapers...has anybody noticed how the kids these days have made the Gaper Gap fashionable?  I notice all the little park rats wearing their goggles underneath their helmets anymore, which seems to raise the helmet a few inches off their heads.  Looks stupid but they all do it.  That's how I determined I'm old.

post #5 of 9

it's called "Highland Bowl" FYI

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Originally Posted by lloyd braun View Post

it's called "Highland Bowl" FYI


thanks

 

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Oh I am sure I've been guilty of my fair share of really bad local advice. I am pretty sure most of it falls in the "presuming someone has more experience/skill than they do" category.

 

This isn't skiing related but this is probably the worst advice I've ever received from a local - kinda. We were going on a 7 day backpacking trip in the Wind River Range. I basically had done a bit of reading on it but was playing it by ear as to where we would actually go in the range itself. Ya, I am like that. So we rolled into Pinedale, WY in the morning and stopped at a fly shop to stock up. I asked the lady this specific question "I am looking for a lake to hike to. I would like it to be a good/reasonably tough hike in. I would prefer a place that wasn't crowded with people and had good fishing. Any suggestions?"

 

I want to say the lake she sent us to was Lake Louis or something like that. Lynette. Laura. Some woman's name with an L.  She was spot on: it was a good hike. It wasn't crowded. It had great fishing.

 

It was in the middle of a burn area.

 

I guess I should have also said, I would like it to be "pretty".

 

It all turned out good though. After a while didn't notice the burn. Epic fishing...

post #8 of 9

I don't get the premise here.  Locals ALWAYS tell me about the best stashes and how to avoid crowds when I travelrolleyes.gif

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Originally Posted by Que View Post

...This isn't skiing related but this is probably the worst advice I've ever received from a local - kinda. We were going on a 7 day backpacking trip in the Wind River Range. I basically had done a bit of reading on it but was playing it by ear as to where we would actually go in the range itself. Ya, I am like that. So we rolled into Pinedale, WY in the morning and stopped at a fly shop to stock up. I asked the lady this specific question "I am looking for a lake to hike to. I would like it to be a good/reasonably tough hike in. I would prefer a place that wasn't crowded with people and had good fishing. Any suggestions?"

 

I want to say the lake she sent us to was Lake Louis or something like that. Lynette. Laura. Some woman's name with an L.  She was spot on: it was a good hike. It wasn't crowded. It had great fishing.

 

It was in the middle of a burn area.

 

I guess I should have also said, I would like it to be "pretty".

 

It all turned out good though. After a while didn't notice the burn. Epic fishing...


biggrin.gif  Good one.  

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