Originally Posted by faber
On the other hand, I met some who were generous with their knowledge of the mountain and the town.
Does a certain responsibility to represent your area well come with being a local? SHould it?
Surfers don't tell or let everybody in their spot, fishermen don't tell anybody where they are catching rad fish, skiers shouldn't be telling every manny moe and jack where all the good stuff is. Big problem with these forums online, and sure I'm part of it, is all the good stuff (backcountry and lift riding) is getting pimped out to everyone because somewhere, someone wants to be awesome with the knowledge of some spot to prove how core they are. If you were core you wouldn't tell everybody where it was. Or care if anybody thought you were core.
If you feel want everyone in the world to start crowding the place you love, then by all means, tell everyone everything. If you want to keep it to yourself until it does, and it will, getting junked up with too many hotels, too many fancy people changing rules, and all the other crap that goes with selling out the soul of the sport, then map out the groomers for all the gapers. That's all they really want.
No friends on a powder, and definately no tour guiding to non locals on a powder day.
And to the idea that lifties knowing you makes you local, non of the people bumpin' chairs around these parts is local, they are all from the southern hemisphere. And no, I'm not being racist or stereotyping. They really are mostly from south america and new zealand/australia.
Making them non local.
Non local recognizing you does not make you local.