Originally Posted by mtbakerskier
1.) I am very passionate about skiing. It is my life it always has been, and it is the sole thing that drives me.
2.) This is why I shoot ski photos, hopefully they will convey my stoke on the sport to others, and help others to realize there is more important things to life than making a ton of money, a successful career, a big house and new cars.
3.) It pisses me off to see what has happened to our sport in the last 25 years. It should piss you off even more if you are older than me. It is horrible that people think new gear; ski technique, on-mountain lodges etc. is the key to happiness while skiing. Instead of buying that 5th pair of new race skis, why not use the money for a ski trip to a new exciting place.
4.) Make it a point to ride a long slow double chair everyday, relish the change of pace, take time to watch fat juicy snowflakes fill in your tracks on the way back up.
5.) On mountain billboards should be torn down and replaced with signs listing the current avy danger and forecast.
6.) It is FU(ked that real-estate developers create new ski areas solely to sell more on-mountain condos. It is horrible that ski areas think that skiing is just an amenity to sell more multi-million dollar second homes. If your buying a vacation home that you only use a few times a winter you are part of the problem. Why not buy a place in town instead. Get to know the ski area locals instead of looking down on them. That guy in jeans with duct-taped gear and old straight skis is probably having more fun that you. The guy driving a 1982 station wagon with 300K miles, old duct taped gear, and working two jobs just to be able to take his kids skiing every weekend should deserve more respect that your new $60K SUV. Instead of buying a new $500.00 ski outfit, why not donate some money to take an intercity kid skiing?
7.) People need to realize that these two aspects of snow-sliding saved skiing. They keep ski areas open.
8.) If my posts piss you off and make you angry, than good, because that means that you are part of the problem with our sport, and hopefully it will at the very least make you sit back and question your self, your actions, and your take on the sport. Remember with age comes wisdom, but also comes the increased amount of preconceived notions.
1.) I have been reading several of the posts in this thread and have to say that I agree with MBS's view on several points. I've been skiing for 30 years and it is the one thing I live for. Other things are important to me (food, water, clothing, shelter, fire, family and my girlfriend) but, only my girlfriend can even come close to the passion I have for skiing.(sorry Laurie)
2&3.) Peoples obsession with "things" isn't only killing the skiing experience it is destroying the fabric of our culture. I've only been a western skier and when I began skiing it wasn't odd at all to see guys with spurs and a pistol walking down the aisles in the grocery store. His kids were in FFA and his wife drove the old farm truck. Today that guy and his family has been replaced with the do nothing for a living corporate guy, soccer moms dressed in Eddie Bauer and those ridiculous pointy shoes, kids with that "it's all about me" attitude and the wife drives the newest, most loaded Lexus. As a culture, we need both of these people, not just the latter. We have to quit pricing out the people that actually get dirty and work hard for a meager living and doesn't have a portfolio to do the work for them.
4.) I love those old chairs. I ski for the experience, not to log vertical. The slow chairs spread people out and keeps things at a slower pace. With our world moving at such breakneck speed, we need all the slow down and relax in our lives that we can muster. Comparing an old double to a six pack is like comparing a bicycle to a commuter train. On the bike you are much more aware of your environment. You smell the trees and flowers, you make eye contact with your neighbors, you greet them and talk about the beautiful day. On the commuter train, you rarely notice the world speeding past the window, at best you smell the cleaning chemicals and at the worst you smell the guy next to you. You bury your head in the Wall Street Journal worried about your money and intentionally avoid eye contact with the people around you because you might have to acknowledge that there are really interesting and admirable people that don't have money.
5.) This is a no brainer. Before the corporates closed it, I used to ski Berthoud Pass in Colorado. The only posting in the lodge was avy danger for morning, mid day, and the afternoon, the weather forecast and the blasting schedule so you wouldn't ski in they're control areas. Oh yeah, they posted the drink specials too.
If an area posts this at all, (except the drink specials) it is at the access gates only. Implying that avalanche danger is only a backcountry hazard. Avalanches happen inbounds too. People need to understand that. This awareness should be emphisized by the instructors and patrol.
6.) Until last season I was the guy with duct tape on his gear. I finally had to break down and buy new stuff but, in a few seasons this new stuff will have duct tape on it too. I drive a rusty piece of crap 89 S-10 with 250,000 miles on it. I work only one job in the winter because I work two jobs in the summer so I can ski more in the winter. I see the developers (and Dick Cheney) as evil incarnate. They homogenize everything into a particular mold wheather this fits the local enviornment, mentality or culture. They don't care what they kill, it makes them money so F*@# you.
7.) Snowboarding and jibbin did save ski areas. While working at an area with no real estate developement in the 90's our skier days went up 14% when we allowed snowboarding. I'm an older guy,(43) I alpine ski, telemark ski, snowboard, I ski the backcountry, sometimes I ride shovels with the snowmakers. Occasionally I can even be found dropping into the terrain park. It keeps me comfortable with being in the air as I get older and improves my spatial awareness. Every mode has a day or condition that it was made for. It keeps my options open for having fun any day I'm on the slopes. Let's not bicker about how we get down the mountain.
8.) The only thing that angers me about your post is the fact that I feel helpless to change any of the issues you bring up. I can drop out and only ski the backcountry but, Eddie Bauer is out there too. Avoiding the problem is not the answer. Confronting the rampant commercialism of our mountains and pristine areas is the only way to do it. I'm not condoning burning down lodges, cutting cables or anything malicious. I am suggesting trying to make people aware of their "it's all about me" mentality. Deflate their ego, flirt with their wife, take the big drop and rip the huge line while they're standing there trying to get their nuts back in the sack, laugh at them, treat them
as the outsider. Let them see that your duct taped skid lifestyle is way better and cheaper than their vacation and if it angers them, so be it. We are angry too.
I wish you all a great and safe season and I hope the Bears in the southern Hemisphere are winding down a great and safe season. Come up north and continue the search. We would love to ride with you.
Peace and Powder