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post #31 of 50

Made the mistake of skiing at Marmot Basin over Spring Break, on closing weekend last year...brutal. Every cat track blocked by an entire family, groups chatting on the downside of rollers (all wearing the finest ski attire of jeans and a snowmobile jacket of course). I have to say, my favourite part about Marmot was the little kickers/ gaper traps in the middle of some of the easy green runs that were runouts from the steeper terrain. Obviously they weren't officially built, but it was hilarious watching the gapers go to jump them slowly, then land in the hole where the snow was dug out to make the jump. I find the snow spray the most effective way of getting them to move.

post #32 of 50
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post

 

First world problem.


Quite True.....but must we spoil things with pesky perspective???

post #33 of 50

Let me eat cake! biggrin.gif

post #34 of 50

I suggest a hockey stick with your hockey stop.

 

Hockey Stop.jpg

post #35 of 50

Aaahhh, the old " gapers got in the way so I have to stop/slow losing all the momentum I had needed to cross the flats" problem.  It's ten times worse for snowboarders that don't have poles and can't skate either.

post #36 of 50

I feel like whenever I fall, it's never because of something I did wrong (ok, not entirely true on all occasions), but more often than not, it's because some people just feel like blocking the entire width of a trail.  

post #37 of 50
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Originally Posted by xcrunner88 View Post

I feel like whenever I fall, it's never because of something I did wrong (ok, not entirely true on all occasions), but more often than not, it's because some people just feel like blocking the entire width of a trail.  

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Time for lessons.... For you as well. smile.gif
post #38 of 50

We have a cat track that cuts across a heavily bumped up black run.  This is at a lower elevation and the run faces the sun.  The snow here is often really crappy, so people take the cat track instead of subjecting themselves to the main run.  Also lots of intermediates/beginners run this track as part of their regular run.  As you ski the track the uphill is on your right, and it's fairly steep.

 

Mt. Baker has more boarders than skiers.  Young boarders love to do little lame jumps everywhere.  The slope to the right allows them to shoot in, do a little jump, and then come back onto the cat track.  Many of them will suddenly, without looking, do this procedure and then swing out at least to the middle of the track.  It happens all the time.  If there is any way I can ski that crappy slope I do it in order to miss this shooting gallery.  However, sometimes it's nearly impassible or I need to get to Chair 5 and this is the best way. This is the most scary part of the entire place, including the many cliffs.

post #39 of 50

^^^Tru dat.  I was skiing with someone I'd just met while on vacation.   The guy hit a cat track ramp traversing another run.  He was trying to throw a heli.  Instead he nonono2.gif blind side blasted some older guy that was coming down the other trail, knocked him right out of his skis. He immediately apologized and helped gather the gear, asked if he was OK, etc.   In an amazing stroke of luck, the old guy took it pretty well and forgave him after catching his breath and gathering up the combined yard sale gear. 

post #40 of 50
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post

This is the most scary part of the entire place, including the many cliffs.


I hadn't thought of it in those terms, but I read that and thought, "Yeah, that's right!"

 

On those few days when I've planned poorly and am stuck taking the Cat-Track to Village at the end of the day, especially on a weekend day, I'm more tense or anxious doing that than I would have been doing anything else all that day.

 

About 1/2-way down, there are some seldom skied "lower" runs and a broad unmarked wooded, brushy area that you can drop off into.  They ultimately lead to the lower edge of our Bunny Hill, but you're then stuck with an 8-minute fixed-grip chair ride UP to the village.  On a busy day, it's worth it, tho....

 

post #41 of 50

Dropping into a broad unmarked wooded, brushy area doesn't sound that bad, but riding a slow fixed grip chairlift afterwards would be rough.  Probably no footrest either. mad.gif

post #42 of 50

Prolly the biggest infraction/dangerous maneuver I see is not looking first when starting out or entering a trail/run. Had a friend pull the off the trail/on the trail bonehead move in front of me this year. When he came back on the trail he fell head first sliding in front of me. Yes he was looking right at the tips of  razor shape SL skis w/ a 200# guy on them. I actually jumped over his head with both skis. No he does not wear a helmet. Matt got scolded.

post #43 of 50
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Originally Posted by tetonpwdrjunkie View Post

Some people are just clueless.   The best thing is to say something direct to them.  Not rude, not sugar coated...  Just direct.  



Pretty much. 

 

I was in a similar situation to the OP a few years ago, but there were three of them, staggered perpendicularly across the trail looking back uphill. There wasn't a lot of room to avoid them, and I was about to yell, "WHAT the HELL, are you some kind of idiots???" because that was exactly what I was thinking.

 

But I didn't, and as I passed, I realized they were in race bibs -- Yes, Special Olympics ski races were being held that day, and I knew one of them, a teenager with Downs who is the son of a good friend of mine. I still break out in a cold sweat thinking "what if" I had said something rude.

 

(That's not to say there aren't clueless people out there, or that I have always bitten my tongue, but ... sometimes things aren't as simple as they appear. And no, the kids shouldn't have been there, it wasn't safe for them or anyone else.)

post #44 of 50
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post

Dropping into a broad unmarked wooded, brushy area doesn't sound that bad, but riding a slow fixed grip chairlift afterwards would be rough.  Probably no footrest either. mad.gif

 

Exactly!

The unmarked area is kinda fun, actually...very mellow double fall-line pitch criss-crossed by shallow ditches/gullies with a smattering of trees and patches of Alder brush...usually to yourself.

 

The chair-lift is unholy HELL, tho!  No footrests, so sometimes my foot falls asleep!  eek.gif  The seat padding is thin and worn, so it's not so comfy for my tushie, either!  frown.gif

Plus, as the lift for the Bunny Hill, there are frequent stops due to loading/unloading "issues."  That often makes the 8-minute ride more like 12 to 15-minutes....WTH!

Oh, the unmitigated Agony of it all!  mad.gif

 

Then, if all that leads to missing the shuttle, I have to drink in the bar until the next one shows Up!  

Why, oh why, must life be so brutally harsh and unforgiving???  

 

 

post #45 of 50

Funny how the rest of the world can only imagine having the complaints spoiled skiers have.

 

You know your living the dream when these problems are your only problems.

post #46 of 50
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Originally Posted by Buttinski View Post

Funny how the rest of the world can only imagine having the complaints spoiled skiers have.

 

You know your living the dream when these problems are your only problems.



Talk about your first world problems. wink.gif

post #47 of 50


 

 

Being oversqueezed into a gondy cabin is somehow more fun when the loadees have travelers' runs, no TP and squat-toilet residue on their boots.

 

 

 

post #48 of 50
how bout no confrontation,  why ruin your day getting into an shouting match with someone who doesn't care.  

 

post #49 of 50
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Originally Posted by pdiddy View Post

 


 

That is why having a paintball gun is so critical in these situations.

 

post #50 of 50

With only 400 vertical feet to work with we don't have cat tracks to deal with at the local hill but people do pull this crap right at the entrance to the lift line all the time.  Generally speaking I think they are only concerned about themselves and couldn't careless if they inconvenience others.  As long as they don't get an attitude when we squeeze by or make room I generally just accept it and move on.

 

We did come across a snowboarder at Pow Mow that had not only stopped on the run but had decided to sprawl out across 80% of an already narrow spot on a run from the top of the Hidden Lake over to the Sunrise platter lift.  He was shocked when a buddy of mine waved a ski pole over his head as he squeezed by.  He didn't see it coming since he had stopped with his back to the traffic coming down the hill.

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