As someone who only got into skiing within the last year, I noticed that most people are friendly to noobies, wanting the sport to grow and knowing that the barrier of entry is higher than most sports. That said, I did note quite a few hypocrisies that made the learning process seem less friendly at times.
- On the one hand, skiiers passingly mention how trail ratings can be so different from resort to resort, and kind of blow it off.
- On the other hand, they complain about skiiers being on trails that are too difficult for them, without considering that that is the nature of trail ratings that vary so wildly. Heck, my wife was comfortable on some blue trails at big out west resorts but found herself in over her head on a green at Sun Valley.
- On the one hand, skiiers recommend learning how to side slip as a necessary tool for a beginner/intermediate skiier.
- On the other hand, skiiers constantly bemoan and belittle skiiers/boarders that they see side slipping for ruining their precious snow, when the alternative is that person feeling pressured to go down straight and getting out of control and really hurting someone.
- On the one hand, going across the slope or even uphill a little is an often taught way of controlling speed for people that are too new to get going really fast.
- On the other hand, it seems like every 5 days I hear people on a lift complaining about coming across a skiier who was traversing across the slope and not going straight down enough. I remember on my 4th or 5th day ever skiing, I had just completed a lesson where completing turns far across the fall line to control speed instead of wedging was a key component, and I was feeling really confident on my runs doing so. Then I got on a lift with some people that were complaining to each other about people doing exactly that, while I just kind of sat their quietly. My next run I felt very uneasy about doing it and ended up getting way more out of control than I should have.