Originally Posted by Lars
It's a$$holes like you that ruin it for everone else
You know, not only do I duck ropes, but pretty much everyone I've skied with over the past 44 years does as well. Maybe I'm an a$$, but I know most of these people I ski with and they are just plain good people. They live by the Golden rule, and treat others well.
What we all have in common is 'skiing'. We follow the snow and when it's on the open trails, this is where we ski, and when it's on the closed trails, this where we ski. I don't really care why a trail is closed - sometimes it's to save the snow for the weekenders... sometimes it's because patrol are just too lazy to put a gate with a warning sign... sometimes it's because patrollers at some mountains are just lousy skiers and think everyone would find problematic what they do.
Before the ludicrous judgement in the 1970's Vermont liability case, skiing was one of the most intriguing and adventurous activities in America. Since then we've seen ropes, padded towers, control fencing, and worst of all, a new breed of patroller with the "you do what I say or you're out of here" power-trippy attitude that has no place in our sport. Can you imagine if someone like Lars or bunion were allowed to carry a gun? Yikes!
25 years ago I ducked the ropes at Steamboat during one of the best corn cycles I'll ever experience. I came around a clump of trees and ran smack into three patrollers smoking a fatty. I smiled at one of them, who was a friend, and skied off into corn heaven. There's no doubt in my mind that one of the others would have busted me in a second if he hadn't been caught in a compromising situation because he was one of these new breed - he loved to hassle people under the guise of 'rules'. He wasn't a skier.
In the past 4 decades at our mountain I've seen four regimes of patrol. From fun in the 60's & 70's to uptight in the 80's to getting more progressive & relaxed in the 90's to back to way things should be for the last five years. Now if it has snow on it, it's open. The lead patrol is a lady, and the mountain manager is an ex-patroller. They are both skiers. They are both happy people. Neither has called me or my friends an idiot or an a$$hole. Ever.