Originally Posted by Coach13
BTW--I think if you read therusty's response you'll see why I don't think talking to the instructor would solve anything. If an instructors part of the problem, I doubt he's willing to be part of the solution.
Also--to be fair, I'll concede that at Whitetail it's only an issue on the green runs, which doesn't affect me. But it does affect the folks that are capable skiers, yet like skiing the runs such as SnowPark. Personally I think these folks deserve to have the ability to enjoy their experience without traversing around an entire class and an instructor spanning the trail. But that's just my opinion, and obviously not one shared by at least one Whitetail instructor. Silly me...
Well well well,
I am here. I am listening. And I'm especially most willing to solve problems. But we need to agree on what the real problems are. You have failed to convince me that there is a big problem here.
But let's focus on what the real problem is in the first place shall we? Is it riders blocking the lift exits, riders blocking trails, snowboard instructors teaching riders bad habits or simply beginners that have not learned that it is courteous to minimize their horizontal usage of trails?
You won't buy the beginner excuse. Yet you said that at Whitetail "it's only a problem on the beginner runs". Runs that are full of beginners have the problem. Runs that don't have beginners don't have the problem. I guess I do have a different opinion. Silly me.
You've noted that you've seen instructors sitting in the middle of runs with their classes. I agreed with you that this happens, but offered one explanation for why this may be the safest and most practical way to teach a class. And although we may need to use the middle of the trail, we do train our instructors and our students to not span across the trail.
You say that skiers ought to be able to ski on Snowpark without having to traverse around snowboard classes sitting in the middle of trails. At it's narrowest, Snowpark is about 150 feet wide (at the split with Stalker and down by the mixing bowl). Most of the trail is over 300 feet wide. The largest class I've ever had on Snowpark was 11 people. I can assure you that the only time you will ever see a snowboard instructor on Snowpark with a class large enough to come anywhere close to "spanning the trail" is when the lack of snow cover has significantly reduced the trail width such that there is no other option.
Day in and day out, I don't see skiers being greatly inconvenienced by the positioning of snowboard classes or groups of regular riders on Snowpark. I do see both skiers and riders greatly endangered on Snowpark by other skiers and riders who are going faster than their ability will allow them to avoid collisions. I'm much more concerned about the latter problem than the former. It should not be surprising that resort management, patrol and ski school are focused more on avoiding collisions than avoiding inconvenience.
Surely there will be occasions even at Whitetail where riders or skiers will bock a trail. At other resorts with narrower trails this issue can be a bigger problem. However, my overall experience is that 20 percent of the problem is trail and lift exit design, 20 percent of the problem is inexperienced riders and 60 percent of the problem is overly sensitive skiers. I am willing to change this opinion if I'm given facts that will dispute this.
When there is a problem with riders blocking the trail, how much trouble is it to just politely ask for a "little more room please" as you go by? Would it make you any happier to know that that the sitters are just that many fewer people in the lift line ahead of you? Are you willing to be part of the solution?