Originally Posted by DC_duh
So, before making snide remarks about other skiers, look in the mirror...perhaps, indeed, you are the Gaper!!
Yep! That's me!
First time skiing with a pack. Pack not allowed on lift. I leave it there and come back for it later. They had to stop the lift; the chair comming down was about to hit me as I went for my pack.
Another time, loading the chair, skiing single, I get into the extra spot on the turnstile/gate, and go to the chair when it comes around. Turns out some kid didn't get into place soon enough and his whole family waited for the next chair. The liftee says something to me about being in a group. I start backing up to be with the next group. Chair comes around and just about takes me out as I dodge sideways, falling.
Trying to carve a circle on the local speed bump, I turn uphill, and just have enough time to cut back accross, avoid someone else shushing the hill, but still cutting in front of him.
I was even worse before I knew how to turn. First day on skis, top of the mountain, down all the hardest runs, shushing between snow-plow turns, on my army surplus wooden skis with bear-trap bindings. Later, shushing everything in sight with SG skis, flying out of the trees onto groomed runs at 65 mph without checking for traffic, POUNDING through moguls with way too stiff boots. It is possible to have the wind knocked out of you and still be on your feet.