The popular ting in WI seems to be the junior high ski clubs- pack 100 12 year olds onto a school bus and throw them into a resort along with 10 other junior high ski clubs at the same time, and chaos ensues. All sorts of problems arise- Snowboarders sitting everywhere, out of control beginners on every slope, wicked long lift lines, and generally crappy conditions as the result of 1000 basically sideslipping every inch of the hill. Not that I dont like ice- I live in WI, I have no choice. It's just that when I'm off the race course, smooth groomers would be nice. And sheer ice doesn't help the out of control begginers at all.
The worst part is getting stuck on a triple or quad with 12 year old girls who seem to know exactly how to board the lift so that you get nailed at least once right on your $40 lenses with a pole every time you get on the lifts. And then they get all bitchy when you ask them to keep their poles down.
My other peeve requires some background on who I am- a member of the Waukesha High School race team (you can check us out at www.waukeshaskiing.8m.com).
We're pretty much the clowns of the Wisconsin HS ski conference, spoorting everythign from the standard cow bells to boomboxes and megaphones. Apparently some of the other teams don't appreciate Van Halen's "Hot For Teacher," and they feel it neccesarry to tell us about how (and this is a direct quotation from the coach of the Oconomowoc Ski Team) "you kids may think this is all fun and games, but some of the eliote skiers up there need to be able to concentrate." Well excuse me, I didnt know that some godforsaken rock in the middle of southeastern WI with a total vertical of about 400 feet was prime trainging ground for future olympians. By the way, a $300 Spyder aero suit doesn't do you much good when the average GS time is 23 seconds down 200 vertical feet. Jerks.
Sorry if this turned into a rant, but I just want to ski again. summer blows.