I remembered skiing as a rugged individualist activity ... Guys that looked like Willie Nelson, screaming "hee haw!", bombing straight down a double black diamond, with nothing more than a dew rag on their head.
What has happened? I guess the same mentality that has brought anal probes of old ladies at the airport is invading the mountain... Anything that will make us *feel* safer must be good?
But what have we lost as as a people and in terms of our individual spirit in the process?
And don't tell me that people are just smarter these days and have wised up... There are far more out of control idiots on the mountain these days than there ever were "back in the day" .. ( although the snowboarders are a big reason for this, but not the ONLY one)