I can only speak of places I have been so I don't know if this is an issue everywhere but one of things about skiing weekends and holidays around here (east coast) is the unfortunate battle for a proper place for your stuff and a battle for a table to eat lunch. Unfortunately weekends and Holiday weekends are the most often times I get to ski so like many its what we are stuck putting up with.
I just cant no longer stand the battle to find a table. Firstly you have far too many people (mostly parents) who are not skiing and park themselves at a table (and many times at a double table) as they hold it for their group with all their stuff. Then you have those who park all their stuff on tables and chairs while on the mountain. The whole process is a friggin nightmare. People have arguments and its just a real bummer. There is no common courtesy from anyone for anyone anymore.
Last two times at two different resorts it took us nearly a half hour just to be able to finally get a place for four of us to sit. I just don't understand the whole thing. What does it take to expand? I know it cost money but it doesn't have to be fancy at all. I mean all you need is a warehouse type of shell with heating unit and you can add 100's of square feet of table space. Its so sad when you see people walking around begging for somewhere to sit with trays of food in their hands and at times its just downright mean. You see people with 6 squeezing in a table for 4. Yet other inconsiderate idiots have 4 and take a double table that could fit 8. People borrowing chairs from others while others siting with their feet up. People standing like vultures over the top of other people like while they finish eating just so they can get the table. People changing and gearing up while others cant sit and eat. The whole darn process is terrible. The stored bags and items left all over every nook and cranny in the place. The whole entire process itself just offers no solution except for an "every man for himself" environment and I blame the resort for it all 100%.
I mean "YOU OWN A WHOLE MOUNTAIN" and you know your mountain is going to get very crowded with guests(customers) who pay to be on your mountain. I think it should be part of the responsibility to then accommodate those guests accordingly. Storage areas should be separate and large enough, table areas should be large enough, nothing should be allowed on tables, there should be separate waiting areas for non skiing guests. The lodges need to be large enough and have enforced rules.
This has been going on for as long as I remember. Like others, I now what to expect and do what I need to do but so many people on the weekends and holidays who are first timers and/or non avid skiers do not know what to do. And they have kids and they walk around with food with a dejected look on their faces, The whole friggin thing is very sad and just wrong. I'm always giving up even the smallest free space to help someone. But even for myself and those others who are more familiar with it, we shouldn't have to ask and battle or endure any of this. It should be respectful and somewhat easy. As said there is not enough common courtesy anymore as a people in general. How can some self centered idiot sit at a table with a book and stuff all over a double table all while a family is standing around with no where to sit and have lunch. And that non skier person who didn't pay for a lift ticket (and their whole skiing crew) brought all their own lunch and drinks. I don't have issue with any of that but how is that fair when other people who paid to ski and paid for food and drink cant sit. Either two different areas or a large enough one needs to exist. They still do have paying customers out on the mountain so its not free for them either I understand.. But common courtesy in itself could make things somewhat better and the people who dont have it and dont care should just be thrown out and banned from the place imo. But its still not the real answer. The real answer is for the resort (the owner of an entire MOUNTAIN) to have the facilities to accommodate their customers and enforced rules in place to keep it orderly. This has very often too many times been my east coast experiences in PA,NY,VT on weekends and holidays. But the resorts just don't seem to care. I just had to rant about it because one would think by now in this day and age such things would change but it never did and it really does ruin some of the ski experience. Were it not such a daunting task to leave and come back I sometimes consider leaving to go eat and driving back because I'm not so sure doing it all at the lodge isn't more daunting than that.
Edited by rollin - 2/16/15 at 8:55pm