Ok, summer must REALLY be starting to get to people. Like me, come to think of it...
Since it's summer:
Originally Posted by nolo
3) Skiers who won't take a lesson because they ski well enough. No you don't.
This is your problem why? And who says what's "well enough?"
There's a nice writeup somewhere out there on the web that differentiates skiers less by their skill level and more by their aspirations. Some people spend their time on the hill working on some aspect of their skiing, either by taking a lesson, or doing drills, or just putting in the time required to really feel how their skis respond to different inputs in different conditions. Could be experts, could be beginners, really doesn't matter: they're there to get better.
Lots of people aren't. They come to the hill to hang out with their friends, have a few beers, sit on the deck, and go down the hill a few times. If they improve much (unlikely), it's inadvertent. So what? I will grant that this kind of skier frequently has other annoying characteristics, some previously mentioned in this and other threads, such as traveling in packs that stop, spread out pretty much across the whole trail. But why call them out specifically for an apparent lack of ambition to improve?
Just because it's really, really, REALLY summer---I'm sitting here sweating, and can't even pretend that I'm going to buy new skis for next year as a distraction ---here's MY pet peeve:
People who look down on others because of how well they ski, or whether they bought the "right" equipment, or whether they're dressed in the approved manner. Or whether they carry their skis in the way you think they should. There's an elitist strain to ski culture that really gets up my nose (consider, for example, the uses of the term "gaper"). As a side note: there's a similar tendency in the bicycling community, which is another equipment-intensive activity with wide ranges in both abilities and equipment prices. And lots of skiers (including me) are also bikers. Hmmmm.
People show up at my home hill to ski on rentals, wearing Carhartts. Or blue jeans. SO WHAT?!? Maybe they can't afford the multiple hundreds of dollars required for all the fancy high-tech ski-specific gear. Or can't justify the expenditure for something they do a couple of times a year. They're out there having a good time, and not (usually) excessively in the way.
Anyone who wishes to avoid such affronts to their obviously refined and finely-tuned aesthetic sensibilities is invited to avoid them, by all means. Preferably by going far, far away. Or just get over themselves.
Ok, rant off. But damn, it's a long way to ski season...