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