"Exclusivity" and snowboardersAs a "young" (i.e., under 35!!!) experienced skier, I do appreciate what snowboarding has done for our sport. I understand that in many ways, snowboarding has saved our sport and has improved ski technology. This debate happens too much, and quite frankly, I'm tired of it.
But as a father of three young children (8,6, and 2), I do understand some of issues about snowboarders and the probelms they pose. My children have been run over by many more snowboarders than skiers in their short ski careers, and I believe it's because of the institutional nature of the snowboard (it can't be turned as quickly) and because of the lack of responsiblity attitude that many, if not most, younger snowboarders have. I can't count the times that me or my children have have accidents with snowboarders; the response from the offenders is always "Uhhh ... sorry 'bout that." And then they ride away in their soaked cotton clothing.
Going to an "exclusive" resort, however, is not what I want, and it's not the answer. I want to ski in and I want my children to learn to appreciate a sport that is for all people, wherever they may come from. So I when I take my children skiing, I usually pick school days when many of the irresponsible snowboarders (or skiers for that matter) are not present. Also, you pick the slopes where these individuals usually don't go. My two oldest children have learned quickly to ride blue-black and black runs, or off the beaten path runs where many of the offenders tend not to be.
For me it's a safety issue, not one about exclusivity or excluding snowboarders from the hill.
This doesn't, however, stop my children from asking "when I can snowboard?" And I really don't want to be our path, because I love skiing so much. Oh well, we'll see what the future holds ........