Tuesday morning we had a beer league GS training course set up with fencing and TWO closed signs at the top on the designated race hill at Bristol. I was waiting to go and a couple of guys skied up and acted like they were ready to ski down.
" Excuse me-are you part of the training? " No, but I'll wait for him to go" "This is a closed slope" "it's OK, I'll wait for him to go" Finally one of the race crew jumped in and was able to make the point that they couldn't ski the slope..................... I later saw more civilians just skiing down oblivious and yelled at them from the chair.
What part of a fenced off trail with a "Closed for race training sign" do they not understand ?
Yep, morons! (and these were older adults, not kids)
I've seen this multiple times this year going up the lift. Guys working on the course were incredulous. Dudes skiing down are always genuinely surprised they are getting balled out.
As a side note/rant...I've been twenty something times this year and I can count on one hand the number of times I've been able ski Comet. I understand the appeal/uniqueness of Comet/Outer Orbit to the regional racing community and the revenue opportunity that this brings but it's a tough pill to swallow for the season pass holder, particularly considering the cost of a pass. With the limited skiable acreage at Bristol to begin with, every bit of advanced terrain counts and between the racing on Comet/Outer Orbit and the new terrain park on Galaxy things are mighty tight there this year. Maybe he will use some of the revenue generated from the racing to expand the trail system...one can only hope. I guess a few more winters like this one and it might actually happen.
BTW...no animosity towards the racing community whatsoever. It's great to see such a high quality and vibrant high school, college, and beer league race scene in Western New York.