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post #31 of 38
Originally posted by segbrown:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by whitney:
c) More than anything else in the world - one of the things that baffles me the most are the spending habits of people around us. I see people around me - who spend $6000 on a vacation - but would never contribute 10 bucks to a charitable cause - or those who won't think twice before dropping $200 on a dinner for two at a fancy restaurant - but are miserly about spending on basic items like insurance, safety, hygiene etc.

I have stopped trying to figure out why people spend the way do.
</font>[/quote]This is certainly true. I am sure that mother would be aghast at the amount some of you drop on ski equipment. She would probably say, "Why, you could have bought a Mercedes for all the $$ you spent on skis in the past 5 years!"

She probably had no idea about safety issues with ski equipment. It would be like using a cheap, old tennis racquet to try out tennis. Why spend money until you know if you want to play?

That being said, we all have different priorities. I have never had a manicure or a facial or color my hair -- I can't stand the thought of spending money on that. But I will drop $100 on a haircut without blinking. And I buy new $85 tennis shoes every 4 or 5 months, at the very least, because I can't stand when mine start to break down. But I know many friends who don't buy new shoes until their soles are so worn that their toes are touching the court. They spend their money on hair color!
post #32 of 38
Segbrown, I'd rather have hair color then the cut. And Coach you weren't a lousy parent. Uninformed is one thing, stupid is another. My kid and I were on bad equipment in the early days, we didn't know any better and shops sold us things that were questionable. If the kid with the boot problem knew the $25 set was better for him, you know the mom figured that out also and ignored it. It's the ignored it part that puts my knickers in a twist.

Differing priorities are fine and make people interesting....as long as they make some sort of sense. I have expensive skis and my friend has a $5000 stove. I love to ski, she loves to cook. May not be your cup of tea, but there is a logic to it.

Neglecting to put a scarf or neck gaiter around your kid day after day is not a differing priority, it's bad parenting. Sending kids to ski lessons without gloves is beyond bad parenting and into the land of abusive parenting.

I had a kid in a class once who went flying face first because the toe of his boots broke off. Fortunately we were going slow at the time or it could have been very nasty. I was later told that the boots were so old that no one could remember their age and by the way...they had this huge crack that everyone knew about before the class. And these parents were skiers.
post #33 of 38
Has anyone thought it could all have been image.
Many people appear to have all the toys Merc, hairdo, nice house and are hocked up to their eyeballs.
When the credit cards are full even small amounts of cash are hard to find.
post #34 of 38
oh, come on! she didn't knew the gear was unsafe? maybe if it didn't fit and it was old, but the boot was cracked. i bet she wouldn't try to rollerblade with a craked shoe. and she wouldn't skateboard if the board was broken in two and mended with superglue. it is not about spending 5000$ on ski gear or a stowe or a mercedes, it is only about spending 15$ (the difference between 25 and 10) so your kid won't hurl himself down a slippery hill in a broken boot. and the fact that the mom might be in debt b/c of that merc, is soooo irrelevant (it still makes her a bad parent)/
post #35 of 38
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When this woman was in the lodge I did not know that she was the one driving the Mercedes SUV. I was appauled by her behavior well before finding this out. I would have been angry about her disregard for her child's safety even if she had arrived in an old beat-up car.

As psy said, how could she not know that a cracked boot was unsafe? How could she expect glue to hold a boot together in cold, wet conditions? ...and even if she was unable to see this...she was offered rental equipment for $10. She was obviously there to give her son some enjoyment and expose him to something new. She had already spent money on the ticket...
post #36 of 38
I once saw the sole of a boot break in half while on a skier. Skier was on a chair. Half a boot and a ski came falling straight down from the chair. Good reason no to stand under lift.

Oh, this was at Wachusett.
post #37 of 38
I know lots of well off people who spend a reasonable amount to outfit their kids so they're safe and comfortable without being too over the top or wasteful. I know a lot of not well off people who do the same. However my observation is that the kids with the worst stuff usually belong to the parents with the best stuff.

Skierteach, I felt the same way about the $10 neck gaiters vs. windburned frozen faces. They paid for a condo, they paid for lift tickets so why would they think that basic clothing to protect from the cold isn't needed. If a neck gaiter is too high tech, use a scarf.
post #38 of 38
Hey PSY, don't read things into my post that weren't there.

All the previous posts assumed that she had loads of money 'cos she drives a Merc.
She may be in really serious debt but still trying to keep up the image. Wants to tell all her friends about taking her kid skiing etc.

I didn't say anything about being her a better or as good a parent as your standards. Although I reckon she was very mistaken to do what she did and/or of less than average intelligence.

Last year I did a split of the chairiders on the carpet outside ski school (9500 feet ASL).

One kid of about 7 after the first short run politely said he felt a little sick. I sat him down to see if he would improve. At nearly 10 000 feet many people suffer a little/a lot from altitude sickness. After about 10 minutes he, again very politely, said he felt worse and could he go inside. I sent him in with one of the inside staff. They try to contact parents and look after sick/sad kids in a quiet area with camp beds and toys.

When I got back after the day's lessons I went to the supervisor to hand in my chits and the kid was sitting at the feet of two adults and the supervisor, outside, in the cold, on the snow.
I asked him how he was doing ('not so good') and offered to fill the supervisor in on what happened in the morning as she was getting a hard time from the mother.

The mother was angry that her kid hadn't skied at all that day, that ski school hadn't contacted her as she would have taken him back to the condo and looked after him herself (phone numbers given to ski school were duff, transcription error, maybe), that she was digusted at the ski school, that he was perfectly OK last year and that she wouldn't be back or recommend the ski school to others.

In between tirades, the supervisor offered her the usual refund and explanations.

All the while this was going on, the mother and her quiet husband were standing up and professing care for their son; they never looked at him once or even bent down.

At the end of her rant she looked down at the poor, grey green kid sprawled on the floor, who had been throwing up all day and said 'Would you like to go skiing with Daddy now, then?'

I walked off, thinking there are some kids that didn't deserve the parents they got.
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