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My hill has a cat-track that leads from the back bowl to the village that is oh-so-cleverly named "Cat Track to the Village."  That's literally the name on the trail map, as it isn't worthy of anything more unique or sexy-sounding.  It's long and winding and filled with many a flat stretch, but if you build up sufficient speed at the top and not brake or skid at all, you can make it back to the village without having to pole and/or skate.

 

Yesterday, I was heading down the track to go home when I rounded a slight curve and came upon my latest #1 pet peeve.....an idiot stopped dead-center of and perpendicular to the 12-15'-wide track.  He was mindlessly chatting with his buddy on the ledge overlooking the track.  Sharp drop-off and boundary rope to left and sharp upward incline to right, which kills all speed when you hit it.  I was able to use the 3' or so of space behind him to squeak by, but I slowed way down in case he backed up or some other stupid thing.  He truly didn't seem to be aware that people may actually be coming down the track toward him.

 

As I skated and poled along the rest of the track, I decided to form a vigilante mob armed with torches and pitchforks, hunt down the villain, drag him by his heels back to clock tower of our faux-Euro village and hang him from said tower.  However, once my blood stopped boiling and I had time to reflect, it occurred to me that a public death by hanging seemed just a wee bit extreme for cat-track blocking.  Plus, I wasn't sure I had the requisite motivational charisma necessary to gather a mob together and incite them into a bloodthirsty frenzy.  frown.gif

 

What to do, what to do???  What would be a more appropriate sanction...obscene gestures..."You're Momma so fat," remarks...mocking his gear...a beating...whipping with ski poles?  confused.gif 

 

Suggestions?  The more passive-aggressive the suggestion, the better, as that's how I like to roll!

Any other day-to-day skiing pet peeves out there?

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 50

Consistently made me laugh throughout ha ha redface.gif

 

Back to the topic, personally, I'd tell him to stop being an idiot and move as I went by. But it depends why they stopped I guess, the good ol' swing of the pole by 'accident' might fulfill your needs lol.

post #3 of 50

GTFOTW?

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Originally Posted by tsk94 View Post

 

I'd tell him to stop being an idiot and move as I went by.

 

 

...the good ol' swing of the pole by 'accident' might fulfill your needs lol.


 

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Originally Posted by flatlandr View Post

GTFOTW?


Hmmm, both admonition suggestions are just too direct...

 

...but the "accidental" pole whip is perfectly peachy!  Just the right amount of passive-aggressiveness!  icon14.gif

 

post #5 of 50

How about skiing right over their tails?

 

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Originally Posted by Skierish View Post

Suggestions?  The more passive-aggressive the suggestion, the better, as that's how I like to roll!

Any other day-to-day skiing pet peeves out there?

 



Don't slow down when you squeeze by, and brace for impact in case he does back up.  

 

post #7 of 50

I've actually had someone accidentally pull my Ipod headphones out of my ears when they were standing, talking, and swinging their poles around pointing at something just as I was going to get on a lift.

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Let's see this week I've been jabbed by some Hic with his poles getting on the chair. mad.gif

A women tried to squeeze in a Quad and there was already 4 of us loading.eek.gif

A moron standing in front of the door to go inside on his cell phone. Can't walk and talk at the same time.biggrin.gif

A few cretions standing at the entrance to the lift entrance Gapering.rolleyes.gif

Some people just shouldn't be allowed in public without a sign. I laugh at their dysfunctional movements.

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post #9 of 50

Many decades ago I was admiring the view from a run at Owl's Head in the Eastern Townships (southern Quebec, north of Vermont), It was a black run, and on a corner, but the view was so great I just had to stop and stare.  I thought there was plenty of room to pass me, but apparently someone else thought there wasn't.  His comment was perfect, "C'est pas un parking!" (spoken in the local Franglais).  Approximate translation "It's not a parking spot".   I haven't done it since.

post #10 of 50

I watched a couple of riders sitting on the back side of a roll be told they were invisible from above and fail to respond or move, then a moment later a skier came along and rather than running into them dusted them. Instant Karma.

post #11 of 50

Some people are just clueless.   The best thing is to say something direct to them.  Not rude, not sugar coated...  Just direct.  Yesterday I went fishing at a popular spot near my house.  I managed to catch a bush on the back-casteek.gif and while untangling my line, a guy and his girl friend showed up and parked themselves in my spot.  My rod, my vest, and my beer were right there and I was a few yards away disentangling my hook from the bush.  I watched incredulously as they both began to blatantly fish my water while practically standing on my rod.  I got my line untangled picked up my rod and standing just feet away from them looked over and shrugged my shoulders.  The guy got all flustered and says "were you fishing here?".  I said "I WAS, but I guess I'll go find another spot now".  They both left.

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Originally Posted by Toecutter View Post

How about skiing right over their tails?

 


And gouge up my bases? Not happening. I'll ski over some of their soft bits though. biggrin.gif

 

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Last month, halfway down a long, wide groomer with a lesson, I nearly skied over a set of child-sized skis and poles buried in the snow, right out in the middle of the trail. I jammed on the brakes and side-stepped back up to pick them up. Oddly, there was nobody within 50 yards of them. My first fear was that some kid had gotten hurt but the patrol wouldn't evac someone and leave their gear behind. Was the kid off in the woods taking a pee? Was there an alien abduction?? What's going on here???

 

As I jammed the tails into the snow and hung the poles off them I heard a woman's voice calling, "Oh yoo-hoo!. Thank you SO much. That's ours."

 

Looking all around, I finally spot this woman and her kid. They're at least 100 yards away UP the slope. WTF???????? They appear to be just chattin' and havin' a grand old time - having abandoned the kid's gear to saunter back up the slope for some sun and a better view... or something. Just another bimbo raising the next generation.

 

The instructor politely mentioned to Mrs. Genius that it might not be safe to leave skis and poles buried in the middle of a trail. To us he uttered, sotta voce, "Just another expert skier from that big state next door." (We were at a really big mountain in New Mexico... work it out if you can, Rick Perry fans.)

 

These are the people who get all riled up defending gun totin' laws and such. You'd think they'd have thinned each others ranks by now... if only by accident. biggrin.gif

 

 

 

post #13 of 50

Could always go with the huge snow spraying hockey stop then skate yourself away.

 

Cat Track to Village has always been interesting as the only route back from Stella/Outback. I usually plan my skiing to avoid it except at the end of the day. 

 

 

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Could always go with the huge snow spraying hockey stop then skate yourself away.

 

 

 

My favorite trick...

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post #16 of 50

^^^^ smile.gif   Good call!   ^^^^^

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Originally Posted by DouglySkiRight View Post

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And gouge up my bases? Not happening. I'll ski over some of their soft bits though. biggrin.gif

 


 


Agreed, a firm pole plant is a much better option.

post #18 of 50
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Originally Posted by slider View Post

Let's see this week I've been jabbed by some Hic with his poles getting on the chair. mad.gif


That's a good one, too.

 

A few days earlier, I was on the shuttle bus back to the parking lot, and it was PACKED with people jammed in like sardines and many having to stand in the aisle.  In the midst of it all, a woman armed with ski poles bends over to stash some of her stuff, thereby whipping her poles to and fro...like a fencer on speed.  eek.gif

 

Everyone within 6 feet of her starts yelling "Poles, Poles!!!  Watch yer poles," along with some hysterical screaming.  As the shuttle rocked with the horrified hordes ducking and dodging for cover, she was, of course, oblivious to it all.  I'm sure she wondered what all the commotion was about, as she just wanted to stash her stuff and put out some eyes in peace.

 

Luckily, as the rest of us pansies cowered in abject cowardly terror and possibly wet ourselves, yet another woman bravely leapt forward into the chaos to restore order.  She appeared to be one of our local cross-country skiers, so you know she's gotta be hardy, grizzled, and not to be trifled with.  With catlike reflexes and without regard for her own life, the XC heroine grabbed the business end of both poles, immobilizing them and the would-be pole-poker simultaneously, the latter of which then sheepishly apologized to the traumatized throng about her.

 

It's a miracle that there were no deaths by trampling as sometimes seen when panic strikes at rock concerts and European soccer matches.....panic undoubtedly provoked by some moron cluelessly swinging ski poles around.  For the record, I would've put a stop to the madness myself, but I was too busy huddling under a seat in the fetal position sucking my thumb and crying for my Mommy in a disturbingly shrill tone.  No, I'm not proud of it....

 


 

 

 

 

post #19 of 50

One day I had a my red coat with the white ski patrol cross on the back.  I am skiing down a green trail 30 foot wide trail before getting on the lift.    A snowboarder on my right comes over in front on me and is immediately starts going a straight in front me so I slow down a tad and immediately I have a skier on my left and another skier on my right.  I am completely boxed in tightly.   This all happened in less than a second.  I recognized immediately there is a good chance this will end badly.   I just started to think about slowing down to get out of this tight box when the snowboarder in front of me just decides to go plop and sits down in the middle of the trail.  I got nowhere to go.   I can take out one of the skiers on my left or right, leap over the snowboarder in front of me,  or jump hockey stop and dig in with everything I got.  The hockey stop it is,  I covered that snowboarder from head to toe with snow.  But I did not hit him.  biggrin.gif It was real close though.  I asked if he was okay.   I told him I had no choice.  Snowboarder apologized for stopping in the middle of the trail.    That was the closest I came to running into someone with the ski patrol jacket on.  

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Originally Posted by spknmike View Post

Cat Track to Village has always been interesting as the only route back from Stella/Outback. I usually plan my skiing to avoid it except at the end of the day. 


Me too.  I usually take Chair 6 to the top, do the quick skate to the top of the quad, and ski down from there.  If you're down by Stella and get to the top of it after 3:30, tho, you can't get back to 6, so you're just well and truly screwed...as I was that day.

 

A couple of weeks earlier and along the same lines, I was skiing down the ridge-line from the top of Chair 6 to the bottom of our T-bar.  As Spknmike knows, while not nearly as bad as CTTV, the ridge is similar in that once about 1/2-way down, it's best to kick it in gear to avoid having to skate/pole the last little bit to the T-bar.  Just as I came over the slightly curved crest where I would ordinarily put the hammer down, I was confronted with 2 dip-brained imbeciles blocking the trail ski-tip to ski-tail...a total of at least a 12-14'-wide block!!!  Same set up...boundary rope to left, treed and steep drop to right, just past Pucci's Chute.

 

I did go the 'direct and to the point' route that time.  As I squeaked by on their left through some drifted-up whoops, I shouted, "You're blocking the trail!"  In return, I got some indecipherable invective hurled back at me.  It's probably just as well I couldn't make it out, lest my feelings been hurt.  frown.gif 

I looked back over my shoulder, tho, and the 2 nitwits were still planted in the exact same spot!  That's when it occurred to me that the offense was just too flagrant to be simple ignorance.  My new theory is that they were doing it on purpose, because they figured it would be oh-so-cute just to be jerks.

 

I've tried to figure out what their conversation beforehand might have been, and I've come up with something like this:

 

Jerk #1:  Duuuuude, you know what would be soooo towwwtally funny?

Jerk #2:  Uhhhh, you mean other than your wayyy fake surfer-dude dialect???

Jerk #1:  Brooooo, that's just soooo wrong!  Yeah, Bro, other than that.

Jerk #2:  Whaaaat, Dude???

Jerk #1:  Heh-Heh-Heh-Heh, Duuuuude, this is sooooo Awesome!!!  Let's park crossways to the trail just past that curve there with your ski-tail only a foot or two in front of my ski-tip!  We can block almost the ENTIRE trail that way!  People will FREAK, Bro!!!

Jerk #2:  Saweeeeet!!!!  Brooo, that is sooooo SICK, Bro!!!

 

Ya know, there are times when having a short-tempered, meth-addled, gun-toting Texan around could actually come in handy.  devil.gif

 

 

post #21 of 50
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Originally Posted by catskills View Post

That was the closest I came to running into someone with the ski patrol jacket on.  



Gosh, if you fall solo with witnesses you have to buy everyone in the shack a beer.   I recon you have to buy THE ENTIRE LODGE a round of beers if you hit a customer while wearing your cross.

post #22 of 50

Two years ago I was cruising at a good clip down a wider black.  I see a guy stopped about 20 feet from the left edge of the trees facing the middle.  I opt to pass on the tree side certain that he is either going nowhere or will push off towards the center (facing that way).  Without even turning his head to look he hops a 180 and heads LEFT towards the trees as I'm passing on that sideeek.gif

 

I had to go off the trail in to the trees to completely avoid catastrophe.  By the way, I know any collision would have been totally my faultredface.gif

 

Not yielding to the downhill person>pushing off without looking

 

Lucky that it just resulted in a couple spooked people (me and him).  I shouted a quick "WOWWW!!!  SORRYYYYYY!" as I buzzed by clicking branches then popping back up in the trail ahead of him.

 

post #23 of 50

My opinion is that when you stop, you lose the "right of way".  You must look uphill and check for other skiers before resuming movement.  This is in the code.  Does it absolve the skier "behind" from his responsibility to avoid the skier "ahead"?  Not entirely, but now, IMO, the fault is shared.  Notice that I didn't use the old uphill and downhill designations.  Many people seem to hide behind "the code" without understanding it.  The "real" answer is to be smart, aware, and to always ski defensively.
 

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Two years ago I was cruising at a good clip down a wider black.  I see a guy stopped about 20 feet from the left edge of the trees facing the middle.  I opt to pass on the tree side certain that he is either going nowhere or will push off towards the center (facing that way).  Without even turning his head to look he hops a 180 and heads LEFT towards the trees as I'm passing on that sideeek.gif

 

I had to go off the trail in to the trees to completely avoid catastrophe.  By the way, I know any collision would have been totally my faultredface.gif

 

Not yielding to the downhill person>pushing off without looking

 

Lucky that it just resulted in a couple spooked people (me and him).  I shouted a quick "WOWWW!!!  SORRYYYYYY!" as I buzzed by clicking branches then popping back up in the trail ahead of him.

 



 

post #24 of 50

Passive aggressiveness is good in some situations, but it makes you lose the upper hand here. Dude's obviously in the wrong for standing in the middle of the trail, so just let him know in a firm but respectful way. Then if he flips you off or takes a jab back, he looks like even more of a huge douche.

 

Smacking him with your poles intentionally is just a p@#sy move and shifts much of the douche scale over your way.

post #25 of 50

The standard "Move aside!" as you go by should get the message sent. th_dunno-1[1].gif

 

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Smacking him with your poles intentionally is just a p@#sy move and shifts much of the douche scale over your way.



Thanks for the voice of sanity. I was just going to say, stop and punch the offender, none of this passive aggressive pussy footing around. smile.gif  This stuff happens. It's not worth it to waste any of one's brain pan to 'correct' the offending party's behavior other than a quick "woah, look out", or whistle. Passing on cat tracks, tap your poles behind you if it's clear the rider you're passing isn't blasting the head phones.

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Originally Posted by JoeUT View Post

Passive aggressiveness is good in some situations, but it makes you lose the upper hand here. 

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...none of this passive aggressive pussy footing around. smile.gif  

 

Aw, I was being mostly facetious about the passive-aggressive solution thing...mostly...sorta...kinda...for the most part......  wink.gif

 

I was more curious about the various pet peeves of others whilst on the hill, and so far we have my Trail Blockers, Slider's Pole-Pokers, and I'll add one that Markojp mentioned in passing - People with sound-cancelling headphones on!  I think it can often be hazardous to not be able to hear what's going on around you.

 

Case in point and one more tale from the trail:

Skiing down above-mentioned WROD awhile back and came upon a slower boarder ahead of me.  I was to his left on the very edge of the trail almost brushing the boundary rope, and he was drifting slowly to his left.  What happened next took just a mere couple of seconds.  I clicked my poles twice and announced, "On your left."  He obviously didn't hear me, so I said louder, "Your Left!"  He still didn't move aside and by now, we were so close I didn't think I could brake without clipping him, so I rapid-fire shouted, "Your Left, LEFT, LEFT, LEFT!!!!!"

 

I almost made it.  The front left side of his board bonked the right rear side of my right ski.  I was prepared for it, and despite having my tails kicked a little sideways, I recovered easily.  He wasn't prepared, and things turned ugly.  He went down and spun a few 360's up the side of the hill to the right in a spray of snow.  It was quite spectacular, actually.  I uttered a profanity or 3, slammed on the brakes, and waited for him to gather himself.  He was looking around a little dazed when I shouted back to ask if he was O-K.  No response.  He then reached up to take his earbuds out - Mystery Solved!

 

I again asked if he was O-K, and he said, "Yeah, Man, Thanks," as he waved me away.  It didn't occur to me until a minute or so later that I don't think he even knew we collided.  I think he just figured a snow-snake reached up and took him down.  

At any rate, Yes, it was my fault.  I came from behind, and we collided.  No argument that it was my fault - Guilty as charged.  As was said above, though, I do think it's incumbent upon all of us to ski a bit defensively and be aware of our surroundings, especially on crowded runs like cat-tracks that lead to villages or popular lifts.

 

I'm not saying earbuds shouldn't be worn, but maybe people should take out at least one of them while in the midst of many other skiers on crowded runs and cat-tracks.  Just say'in.....

 

Hmmm, that's a lot of ranting for one day.  Maybe I should've gone skiing instead....

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Could always go with the huge snow spraying hockey stop then skate yourself away.

 

 

 

My favorite trick...

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We just sick the Snowboarder that runs with us on any buffoons we encounter.
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Now this is a Hockey stop.

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post #29 of 50
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Originally Posted by Skierish View Post

My hill has a cat-track that leads from the back bowl to the village that is oh-so-cleverly named "Cat Track to the Village."  That's literally the name on the trail map, as it isn't worthy of anything more unique or sexy-sounding.  It's long and winding and filled with many a flat stretch, but if you build up sufficient speed at the top and not brake or skid at all, you can make it back to the village without having to pole and/or skate.

 

Yesterday, I was heading down the track to go home when I rounded a slight curve and came upon my latest #1 pet peeve.....an idiot stopped dead-center of and perpendicular to the 12-15'-wide track.  He was mindlessly chatting with his buddy on the ledge overlooking the track.  Sharp drop-off and boundary rope to left and sharp upward incline to right, which kills all speed when you hit it.  I was able to use the 3' or so of space behind him to squeak by, but I slowed way down in case he backed up or some other stupid thing.  He truly didn't seem to be aware that people may actually be coming down the track toward him.

 

As I skated and poled along the rest of the track, I decided to form a vigilante mob armed with torches and pitchforks, hunt down the villain, drag him by his heels back to clock tower of our faux-Euro village and hang him from said tower.  However, once my blood stopped boiling and I had time to reflect, it occurred to me that a public death by hanging seemed just a wee bit extreme for cat-track blocking.  Plus, I wasn't sure I had the requisite motivational charisma necessary to gather a mob together and incite them into a bloodthirsty frenzy.  frown.gif

 

What to do, what to do???  What would be a more appropriate sanction...obscene gestures..."You're Momma so fat," remarks...mocking his gear...a beating...whipping with ski poles?  confused.gif

 

Suggestions?  The more passive-aggressive the suggestion, the better, as that's how I like to roll!

Any other day-to-day skiing pet peeves out there?

 

 

 

 


First world problem.

 

post #30 of 50

We've got a long cat track here like that.  The traffic on it is really more "Interstate highway" than green, but it is labeled as a green, so of course you get a lot of gapers on it...DAILY...HOURLY....CONSTANTLY.  It is definitely one of my pet peeves.  The cat track winds around the mountain, crossing MANY other trails.  Of course, the rule is to look up hill as you cut across these trails and defer to anyone coming actually DOWN them.  However, there has rarely been a run that does not have some party of 4 to 10 people discussing their next move, spread across this cat track AND the other run, effectively standing in the middle of a major intersection.  Not so big a deal for those coming down the slopes that the track crosses as those slopes are nice and wide and normally you can get around this mess, but couple that with people coming across the cat track and it takes some planning.  For those on the cat track, it is a tremendous danger as you cannot duck BELOW them to get around them, they might all decide to take off DOWN the slope just as you do it, and going above them bleeds a lot of speed, which can mean POLING the rest of the way on spring days when the snow is grabby.  I just yell at them, "Not a good place to stop!!!" and keep on going somehow or other.  What I hate worse are these skiers/boarders doing tricks off the side of the trail as we go.  They are either using the uphill side of the trail or the downhill side, either one, just hucking some bump and doing 180's or 360's and not paying a damn bit of attention to those behind them.  At least half the time they do NOT land the trick (and splat right in front of me) or their timing is such they are re-entering the trail at PRECISELY where you are.  It's like dodging cars in some stock car race.  Those idiots I am nowhere near as polite to.  

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