Originally Posted by Jer
And you think cutting low traverses and camping out on the track is ok?
: The Ridge at Bridger Bowl, right? Not the ridge at Mt. Fuji?
Yes, Bridger. I can't imagine anything at Mt. Fuji being called "The Ridge." It would be 山の上。(yama no ue.) (*the first kanji 山 is mountain.)
I never said cutting low traverses and camping out on the track is ok. I just stuck up for the clueless being called a$$holes for being clueless. I'm learning that I'm quite clueless and often feel a need to defend myself.
It's the elitist attitude that infuriorates me most when I ride back home. And I'm not accusing you of this, Jer. I know you were venting fairly on this forum and I highly doubt you actually belittle any gapers in the real world. On the contrary, I'm sure we'd rip a good day together. But I'm gonna hit a tangeant that is not intended to poach this thread.
There is this developing core-ship in the states (and not only the states) that indicates that you're either in-the-know or you're a gaper amongst a secular niche of dedicated riders who would much rather roll their eyes at you than give you a head's up, or even a smile. And if they do give you a head's up, it's in the form of some offensive.
I've been out of the industry for 4 years, traveling all over the place, and I never knew how apparent that attitude is back home until I started visiting again. And I'm quite ashamed it's developing. (maybe it's not developing... maybe it's been there the whole time, I was just too ignorant to see it.)
When I patrolled, I remember the owner of our resort (Tim Cohee for those in-the-know) lecturing to his whole staff about how the attitude towards the tourists would change, or he would simply replace his entire staff. He spent a whole 2 hours going off about how his own staff sucked at helping people who needed some guidance. He was also very specific in using the term Gaper as being fundamental in the development of the "elite group."
At bridger, when I need to pass those on the boot pack, I say; "Excuse me." and they step aside. In my 30 seasons on snow, I have never felt a need for bashing those not in-the-know. (although I have devoured a pleasure-cycle more than once) If the intent of this thread is to educate the gapers, then I applaud it. But I should drop a hint; With wisdom and experience, comes the notion that all those around you are idiots. As long as you ride that place everyday, milk every nook and cranny for every inch of snow, become wiser in the methodology of doing so, more and more idiots will keep popping up on your radar. Either get used to it, or find an expression that doesn't get your gut wriled up. Those guys aren't going anywhere. Bridger even developed a ridge guide with black and white aerial photos showing people the ins and outs to the best lines. It was sold for a buck. It is now a book with even more detailed info; http://www.stepping-up.net/
Your "etiquette 201" post was information that many will find valuable. Cheers for that. I think that may have been your original intention of this thread. And I do apologize, again, for attacking the tone of a couple of your posts as being indicative of the elitist attitude I have grown to despise. I'm quite confident that your rant was just that... a rant. I even commented in an earlier post about how I believed this thread was in good humor.
Now, you can all attack me as you please, I won't reply to this thread any more. Not out of sympathy, but rather explanation; a family member died this week and I couldn't make it home. I've been pissed off, bickering, slapping computers, swearing at dogs in the street, running hills, skiing solo pow in tears, and trying everything in my power not to drink a whole bottle of whiskey. What does this post have to do with anything? Absolutely nothing. But I feel better having pounded the keys about stuff that pisses me off.