Originally Posted by Lars
As a former Patroller, both Ski and safety, this seems a bit harsh to me. I can understand if one was skiing a closed trail and got injured or caused an injury to someone else but first offense yanking a season pass is kind of permanent.
Of course, I don't know the reason of circumstances behind this new policy but. Geez, I was always one who gave the benefit of the doubt to first offenders if they weren't beligerent and cocky. I usually just took their pass and issued a ticket good for the rest of the day and then they could pick up their pass the next ski day at the administrative desk. It would have a punch in it and any other violations that waranted taking it again would mean forfeiture of the pass for the remainder of the year. Less serious violations were dealt with differently.
We've hashed this over many times here on Epic Ski before and I have no sympathy for serious violaters, but first time forfeiture seems harsh to me.
You bet. Firm but fair.
I've known and dealt with many patrollers over the years and most of them are great people. Some are jerks, but that's the case with every group....
I went and did some very heavy poaching on several days last year, and did it with a patroller in tow. First time I skied the K-1 liftline two years ago was with a patroller backing me up - she didn't ski it, but was freeskiing with me and was there just in case anything happened.
Some people simply want to ski what is unsafe for the general public. As long as they are doing it in a reasonable manner, why not? Snow doesn't last forever you know.
You always have to ask yourself:
"Is this a good poach, or is this a bad poach....and is it worth it." If you don't stop for 15 seconds and think about this....bad things happen.
I might ski Killington a bit this year. But if POWDR doesn't sell out (or change) before the start of the season, I'm not buying a pass.