Originally Posted by LaserPower
It's the second open weekend with 1 and half runs...all sorts of different characters are on the slopes, and you get to see some reckless ones getting hauled down by ski patrol VIP toboggans...hope most of them are a-holes, and for the a-holes, wish them a ski-less or board-less winter.
Originally Posted by herbiebug
This has been my experience pretty much always. I've never encountered an angry altercation over an accidental collision. Sorry's all around and maybe maybe a bit of a snark-infused "watch where you're going next time". Very surprised to hear this happened at Nakiska, of all places. Nakiska crowd is usually families, younger boarders who stick to the terrain park mostly, and racer kids doing training. Although granted I have not been up there on a weekend in some years (i work weekends/ski midweek).
I haven't had any specific issues with snowboarders in years. Not since the 90's, when there was still some palpable tension there between the two communities. I am friend to all snowboarders... unless you intentionally rest your board on my skis when we're on the chair. ha!
I agree that Nakiska is typically a family resort.
On Sunday, there were simply too many people in too small a place. Perhaps, the ski patrol had their hands too full with injuries to effectively deal with the big crowd - What ever the case, I didn't see many patrol managing the crowd or asking people to slow down or be careful. (A couple of ski patrol placed strategically on the slope would have gotten the word out.) Also, there was more smoking and drinking in the lift lines than I have ever seen at any resort - this was also not managed by the resort. In addition, I think that because the resort opened so early with so few runs, and with the advertisement that more was open than was really skiable (without ruining your skis or board), people had higher expectations than the resort could deliver. People were jumping off rolls and from the side onto a single slope that was too crowded. For example, we had three riders blast by us at high speed three feet in the air within a foot of where we were standing. From their perspective, they probably thought "why are these idiots standing in the middle of OUR JUMP" or "Can't they see that if you come off the side at speed, it makes a great jump?" While stuff like this occasionally happens when skiing, it was frequent on Sunday. In the midst of all this chaos, there were parents with little children who should not have been on a blue run with steepish icy sections. To add to all of the this, the lift lines were longer than I can ever recall. I'm sure the resort made some good early year profits but I hope that management realizes that skier experience was lousy.
I'm not blaming Naiska for the actions of one idiot; however, the situation at the resort, if I'm perceiving it correctly, contributed to the tension.
Edited by canadianskier - 11/11/13 at 8:32pm