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I saw someone get their lift ticket pulled - good job ski patrol!

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I skied this Sunday at Catamount. Getting off the no 2 lift (the blue one, one to the top), I skied down upper sidewinder and was abruptly passed two by kids...one on a board, the other on skies. The boarder was fine (it's true, this time the skier was the a-hole) the skier was way out of control, aiming for people like they were slalom gates. He made no efforts to turn to avoid anyone and took out a group of people who appeared to be skiing slow and cautious at one of the steeper points. The skier knocked them down like bowling pins.

He happened to do this right in front of a ski patroler who chased them down and took away his lift ticket. I watched at the bottom of the run, near the yellow lift as he tried to plead his case with the patroller, who just took pliers out of his pack and snipped the tag.

While I would have preferred to see the guy get a talking to and a breif time out - pull the tag for a half hour, then give it back, I must say this was good to see. The patroller did the right thing (in my opinion) by removing someone who was showing no regard to other skiers and presenting a danger.
post #2 of 17
I'm so glad that an action was taken against the a##hole skier Two thumbs up for the patroller!!
post #3 of 17

Way to go

I think Patrollers should pull a**holes out way more frequently. Unfortunately they can't be everywhere all the time. I've been hit seriously a few times and there was never a patroller to witness the stupid snowboarders/skiers that were out of control and hit me.

If people got pulled out more often, they would learn to abide by the skier's/rider's code and only move up to the next level when they're really able to.
post #4 of 17
One gone .... 6,876,975 ... to go.
post #5 of 17
So you want patrollers to pull tickets from those not abiding the Responsibility Code .... well how about getting rid of
a) snowboarders sitting in the middle of a trail per item 3.
b) gapers stopping/standing on a knoll before a pitch per same item 3
post #6 of 17
Do you get hung by the neck till dead for a speeding ticket?

Note that it does say obstruct .. not gape and if your were warned all-the-doo-dah-day about obstruction, the video may do the trick .... repeat as needed.
post #7 of 17
Thread Starter 
Voice of Reason,

No, I want dangerous people-those who make no effort to avoid injuring others-removed. Like I said in my post, I'd rather have seen the guy get a talking to and a "time out" to cool off. Use your "voice of reason," you know what I'm saying.

If someone wants to "ski on the edge", that is okay by me, but they shouldn't put other people in jeopardy to do so. Aiming straight through a bunch of slower skiers in the middle of a wide open trail is not cool. His friend had no problem going around these folks. He made absolutely no effort. He was barreling down following what ever line he had in his mind and if people were in the way too bad.

Read #1 and #2 of your Responsibility code.

I do not want to decrease anyones good time. We're all there to have fun. But your good time shouldn't negatively impact others either.

I did not post this thread to start an argument about what should be allowed as "Sh*t happens, it's skiing" vs "kick all those who aren't perfect out." I wanted to let others know that I think the patroller did his job...it was nice to see for a change. If this happened more often, perhaps peoples ediquette would go up and we would see less posts about knee and leg injuries form being hit from behind by wreckless skiers, and 56 year old dads beating up 16 year old girls for running into therir 7 year old daughters. How hard is it to turn and divert your course 10 feet to avoid skiers up ahead of you?
post #8 of 17
This is a good thing. Catamount's too small, has too many trail merges, and has too many little kids around for that kind of stuff. Not that it's any more acceptable at big mountains but there's not much margin of error at a place like Cat.
post #9 of 17
Sounds like it may have been a savy patroller who knew who the keep an eye on; possibly seen the "dynamic duo" in action before?
post #10 of 17
it doesn't matter what people are doing or where they are stopped. it is your responsibility to avoid them. period
post #11 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by GarryZ
it doesn't matter what people are doing or where they are stopped. it is your responsibility to avoid them. period
Fine, just do not complain about the snow spray you get while I'm doing my best do avoid you :
post #12 of 17
Pulling tickets sucks

I hate that part of the job. But.

It's everyones responsibility to ski/ride with the rest of us.

Usually, I let the skier decide if they want to loose privilages. It's attitude.

An "I'm sorry", I'll do better" will dodge the wire cutter every time.
We are having a big problem on the slopes though. The message needs to get out before we see "Slope rage" and more bad wrecks.


CalG
post #13 of 17
There is a world of difference between hitting people and "gaping" or boarders on their coffee break.

One IS a wreck .... the other LEADS to a wreck.
post #14 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by VoiceOfReason
Fine, just do not complain about the snow spray you get while I'm doing my best do avoid you :
i wasn't talking about me , but the idea of avoiding harming others. a little common sense about where some stop and gape is needed, like some who lurk just over a rise or incline change. be smart , be visible and let others enjoy their fun too
post #15 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by VoiceOfReason
Fine, just do not complain about the snow spray you get while I'm doing my best do avoid you :
Trolling around a little bit today? : Nice PSIA sig...and yes, I am being sarcastic.
post #16 of 17
Oh I am so glad you liked it. What you think is soo important to me! (and yes, I am being sarcastic.)
post #17 of 17
Thanks for the snack,btw.
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