Obviously too few doesn’t work but i argue fewer is more effective than too many (over-signage = skier complacency) which has the opposite of the intended effect, is an extra cost and a visual blight. I base this on the fact that skiers/riders understand that a bare bamboo (visible from above) means obstacle/caution, be careful as you go by or around it. Discs are indicated when something more needs to be conveyed, e.g. thin cover, trails merge, slow or the like. In other words “caution” discs are redundant unless the bamboo is not visible without it (not normally the case). Many patrols seem to think, most, if not all, bamboo need a caution disc (even obvious dirt patches for instance). This is the mindset being taught at some areas theses days and it should be seriously re-evaluated. Some (usually newer) patrollers think they’re being helpful or important when they radio in the need for caution discs on obstacles that are either obvious or require a stick or two. This is a losing battle that detracts from real dangers needing guests attention. Over saturation of orange signage naturally leads to guests not paying attention to any of it. I think if patrols stuck to a policy of using two bamboo for each disc, not only would it keep the discs facing the right way so they can be readable (& professional looking) but it would help us think twice whether the boo really needs a disc or could stand alone.
I would love hear patrol philosophies on this from some of the older, well established ski patrols. Thanks
my background includes
1) 34 years professional patroller
2) 25 years surveying and boundary marking
3) 7 years in highway operations, engineering & design