Introduced my girlfriend to skiing at Big Sky the first weekend in December. If she took to it and enjoyed the experience, the plan was to come out some place next year and do a ski season. Success! She had a blast after the first 3 days of learning so we are ready to start planning for next year.
As a lone skier until now, dangerous skiers and snowboarders didn't bother me but with someone under my care, I was pretty upset by the end of the week. There wasn't a lot of terrain open, so I understand where it is coming from, but the actions were still inexcusable.
1. Everyone has to make a first run down a green run. Mr. K was the green run in the best condition and for a green run, it is pretty difficult in spots for the 1st time skier. As much as one would like to control where a fall is going to happen, sometimes that just doesn't happen. In this case, she fell about 3/4s down one of the drops and about 2/3rds to the far left. A snowboarder at full tilt decided to make some kind of a point and instead of going around her, put is board sideways and slid into her stopping short by a few feet. Shook his head then went on his way. That ended up being our only green run through the next day, but I tried to enforce to her that we need to get off to the side quickly and to be 360 degree aware (and she is very aware now). Of course, the side isn't always a safe place either is it. I think a lot of folks that have boarding and skiing for a long time have completely forgotten what it is like to make your first few scary green runs. All that aside, I noticed that no place is truly safe from boarders and skiers that think people are their human turning targets.
2. OK..so we are back on green runs. COMPLETELY out of the way, in fact behind some orange barrier tape where a trail is merging. Some azzhat on skis must think the orange tape is an invitation to practice his park skills and hops over the ~3 foot high tape at speed missing us by a couple feet. That happened TWICE. 0 patience for crap like that.
3. Going across Jay Walk down to Mr. K where the SLOW signs are.. Knucklehead with his buddies blasts by us yelling "FCUK THE SLOW SIGNS" Love the attitude. In fact, there were a ton of people getting air off the SLOW warning areas right before a drop on the Green runs where there is a higher percentage of new skiers and boarders falling.
Hey, we all want our freedom to ski where and how we want, but c'mon..use some common sense. As with anything, a few bad apples can ruin it for everyone... Strict rules and regulations and fines happen in the absence of common sense.
To end on a positive note though.. Great to see her skiing on that last day with a huge smile on her face. She is Thai and this was her first trip outside of her country. We were on a road trip out West since August so she got a chance to see the beauty of the Western States. First time seeing snow. Great time and can't wait until next year!