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post #121 of 131
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 Some courses here used to blow a horn to call folks in if lightning was in the area.

 

Common misconception.  That horn is the signal to report to the bar.

post #122 of 131
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Golf courses have rangers that try to keep people in line, but that's mostly to keep people from driving carts where they're not supposed to, or to keep the pace of play moving if people are taking too long. They're usually just retirees doing it for the free golf (around here at least). There really aren't many dangers on a course, and most courses leave it up to you to determine what's dangerous. Some courses here used to blow a horn to call folks in if lightning was in the area. I know of at least one course that doesn't do that anymore over the fear of lawsuits if someone gets struck by lightning when they haven't blown the horn. (At least that was according to one employee, who wasn't the owner and didn't make that decision.)

 

What if somebody gets struck by lightning while they're coming inside because the horn was blown?

 

I guess this is why we have lawyers...

post #123 of 131
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Golf courses have rangers that try to keep people in line, but that's mostly to keep people from driving carts where they're not supposed to, or to keep the pace of play moving if people are taking too long. They're usually just retirees doing it for the free golf (around here at least). There really aren't many dangers on a course, and most courses leave it up to you to determine what's dangerous. Some courses here used to blow a horn to call folks in if lightning was in the area. I know of at least one course that doesn't do that anymore over the fear of lawsuits if someone gets struck by lightning when they haven't blown the horn. (At least that was according to one employee, who wasn't the owner and didn't make that decision.)

 

What if somebody gets struck by lightning while they're coming inside because the horn was blown?

 

I guess this is because we have too many lawyers...

FIFY

post #124 of 131

I agree with most of you that a rating system like this isn't necessary, but I think that everyone is REALLY overestimating the difficulty of actually implementing it. In three-four years and under a million dollars (for the ski industry in TOTAL), I think we could have a pretty decent uniform system.

 

My plan:

1. Hire me - as an impartial independent evaluator - to ski all of them.

2. I'll make a list.

 

 

3. If we want to be REALLY conscientious, we can have a few other evaluators also criss-crossing the country testing things out. You all can apply.

4. Average the lists. (And again if we're being really scientific we can use cross-resort evaluations under different conditions to create a correction factor for snow conditions that day).

 

I can find no fault with this plan. Someone call the ski industry and tell them to send me a gassed up RV and a Golden ski everywhere ticket.

post #125 of 131
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I agree with most of you that a rating system like this isn't necessary, but I think that everyone is REALLY overestimating the difficulty of actually implementing it. In three-four years and under a million dollars (for the ski industry in TOTAL), I think we could have a pretty decent uniform system.

 

My plan:

1. Hire me - as an impartial independent evaluator - to ski all of them.

2. I'll make a list.

 

 

3. If we want to be REALLY conscientious, we can have a few other evaluators also criss-crossing the country testing things out. You all can apply.

4. Average the lists. (And again if we're being really scientific we can use cross-resort evaluations under different conditions to create a correction factor for snow conditions that day).

 

I can find no fault with this plan. Someone call the ski industry and tell them to send me a gassed up RV and a Golden ski everywhere ticket.

 

I think that is the single best idea I've heard in a long time, and I'd like to make the sacrifice and volunteer myself and my valuable time to be a dedicated slope rater. 

post #126 of 131
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Originally Posted by MarcusBrody View Post
 

I agree with most of you that a rating system like this isn't necessary, but I think that everyone is REALLY overestimating the difficulty of actually implementing it. In three-four years and under a million dollars (for the ski industry in TOTAL), I think we could have a pretty decent uniform system.

 

My plan:

1. Hire me - as an impartial independent evaluator - to ski all of them.

2. I'll make a list.

 

 

3. If we want to be REALLY conscientious, we can have a few other evaluators also criss-crossing the country testing things out. You all can apply.

4. Average the lists. (And again if we're being really scientific we can use cross-resort evaluations under different conditions to create a correction factor for snow conditions that day).

 

I can find no fault with this plan. Someone call the ski industry and tell them to send me a gassed up RV and a Golden ski everywhere ticket.


Who will repaint all of the trail map signs?

post #127 of 131
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Who will repaint all of the trail map signs?


Well, I was thinking the the resorts have to step it up and do something to help my noble project, but my wife will probably be a bit bored after a time...

 

 

 

Edit: Thinking about it a bit more, I'll probably improve my skiing a bit over the course of this project, so I should probably ski every thing twice, snake style (i.e. 1,2,3...449, 450,450, 449...2,1). We can fix the signs on the second time through.

post #128 of 131
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Who will repaint all of the trail map signs?


Well, I was thinking the the resorts have to step it up and do something to help my noble project, but my wife will probably be a bit bored after a time...

 

 

 

Edit: Thinking about it a bit more, I'll probably improve my skiing a bit over the course of this project, so I should probably ski every thing twice, snake style (i.e. 1,2,3...449, 450,450, 449...2,1). We can fix the signs on the second time through.

 

I will sign up for this job. It sounds like an excellent plan. I can be paid in lift tickets, gas money, and snacky things.

post #129 of 131
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Who will repaint all of the trail map signs?


Well, I was thinking the the resorts have to step it up and do something to help my noble project, but my wife will probably be a bit bored after a time...



Edit: Thinking about it a bit more, I'll probably improve my skiing a bit over the course of this project, so I should probably ski every thing twice, snake style (i.e. 1,2,3...449, 450,450, 449...2,1). We can fix the signs on the second time through.

And several times over the course of several winters so you know what "normal" is.
post #130 of 131
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And several times over the course of several winters so you know what "normal" is.

You know, I think you're right. It's the only principled way to go about it!

post #131 of 131
OK, here's an idea...
Develop an App that will study your skiing ability, safety, etc. Then it can pick up local weather forecasts and snow conditions. Then using various parameters it will calculate based on the slopes at the resort which ones are easy for you, which are OK, which will be quite difficult and which ones you should avoid for being outside your skill range.
e.g. Someone who skis double black powder runs might not cope with a very icy blue. Someone who skis prepared pistes might not cope with cut up crud. Someone who lacks defensive skills should probably avoid busy runs.
etc.
The problem with this is that you will be skiing compared to your own ability, so you won't be able to claim about skiing all the blacks, etc. Boasting will be about how you skiied better than before, or how your skill level means you've now unlocked new runs at the resort.
(c)WTFH - in case any of you want to develop it!
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