Originally Posted by jake75
For everyone who notes a change in "ambiance" being brought on by the potential presence of law enforcement, please, please don't EVER visit a national forest or national park or state park again. I mean, they have forest rangers, and park rangers and DOW officers. I mean, this one time, I was fishing on a stream in a national forest, and there was this other fisherman nearby - and as he leapfrogged me in fishing up the river, he SHOWED ME HIS BADGE AND ASKED TO SEE MY FISHING LICENSE!!! OMG, it totally ruined the ambiance of the mountain stream, the sun was darkened, the birds quit chirping, and even the squirrels seemed sad. It totally ruined my enjoyment of the great outdoors.
Then there was the time that I was backpacking in a WILDERNESS area, and after I had set up camp this fellow backpacker came along and we chatted a bit about our love for the outdoors. But, you know what? He had A UNIFORM ON! Let me tell you, seeing a government representative in the same section of the wilderness as I was in made it seem like the moon struggled up into the sky that night, the columbines seemed down and weren't as pretty, even the fish seemed to not fight the hook as much and were resigned to be dinner - and let me tell you, the view from the summit of Capital Peak that weekend seemed not to stretch to eternity like it usually does, but only looked like a hundred miles or so. That weekend too was ruined by the presence of law enforcement
[Foghorn Leghorn voice]That's called sarcasm son[/voice]
It's a knockdown. Good points! It's certainly not for the money that these folks do patrolling, park service or working for the forest service or even being a cop in Pitkin or Summitt County. I don't want to see cops on slopes. I'd like to think that cops are not necessary, however, over the past ten years I've noted a real increase in foolish (people skiing or sliding way beyound their abilites and with a real disregard of the others arounfd them). In the 70's on Crystal Mtn and lots of other places they'd yank the pass if they wouldn't be reasonable after a good warning. Racers are not a concern--it's "beyound abilities" that is the concern. Resorts now just are not doing thier jobs and I agree that some of them are way to crowded at certain times. If ski areas would employ more pro patrollers and pull more tickets for the really stupid stuff as well as better control congested areas, offer more ski checks and monitoring of ski racks then cops would not even be a point of contemplation. [ Now I can't resist,
commenting that I have a hunch that a certain young
man posting here talks better that he turns. Maybe I'm wrong
: -who knows-maybe somedays he'll show up at some masters events and we can see for ourselves or we can check out his FIS points if he would share his name, assuming that he has FIS points... . Most patrollers I've know over the past 40+ years of skiing are doing that job becuase they good at it, can't live without skiing and can tear it up when they want too. Frankly, when I think about it I've never seen a weak skiier doing pro patrol...it doesn't make any sense. I have come across alot of talkers though who are up on all the brands and buzz words and puffing up some rather meager experiences. But that's the great thing about racing and actually skiing--it's damn objective.]
Well, off to Tahoe for a week in the AM! Looks like snow is a coming there...