MY home mountain has the absolute coolest, strongest, skilled, ski-able, medic-seasoned, avalanche knowledgeable, and hardworking full time professional patrol that a mountain could be lucky to have. That being said, and I love you guys (and the girls), there are just two that are total d---ks. They act more like cops than snow rangers. The problem, and why would I care how those two act, is that they have decided that I am some kind of bad guy and they totally have it out for me. OK, why, how could this have come to this? One epic day, one of the cop-pats was doing some avalanche control on a pitch but failed to close the area. failed to close it in a way that anyone with me at the time or anyone I have talked to since would notice that it was closed. And there were perfect ridges to put the dreaded disc to clearly mark the pitch closed. So, as I said it was freaking epic, deep and light and a bunch of us are racing a steep traverse to access this just "opened" face. It was a gas wax factoring in, as well as traverse position and technique, aerodynamic, and sheer will-power. At stake were first tracks on a valued line. So we come mocking onto the top entrance to this pitch and I am lucky and unlucky to be first to arc into the fall line. I'm elated! but what do I hear in my happy ear? "YOU IDIOT, YOU IDIOT, YOU IDIOT" a complete triple pack of verbal abuse. And I was so happy, absolutely zoned. I was so startled, and barely noticing that the scummy words were coming out of the mouth of this cop-pat, that I returned a triple pack of my own. He/she chases me down to the lift and continues to abuse in front of 60 or so skiers. It was unpleasant, tugging at my pass, threatening to see that it is taken away, we'll see about this kind of threats, very unpleasant for an epic pow day. And worse, it has started a situation. Now I'm the bad guy, and his/her attitude is that if I foul up ONE! more time--BAMM! I'm screwed for sure and for good. And my gripe is that I didn't screw up the first time. He/she omitted to stab the snow with the dreaded disc. The context for this is that skiers will interpret signage as liberally as possible because they want to ski good snow, and many of us are not snow science experts, more just pow hounds. Speaking of snow science, a hous later a pack of us are mobbed behind some signage waiting for the next face to open when he/she shows up to offer some abuse to the group. She looks straight at me, of the entire crowd of 50 or so, and shouts "when was the last time you dug a pit? and what did you find?" I was just about to ask if that had become a requirement to ride the lift when the guy next to me started to speak (you see, the poor, young, nice, gentle guy next to me thought she was yelling at him, because staring bullets as he/she was, there was an agitated darting about to his/her eyeballs that confused the targets). So he calmly says: "18" of light snow on an icy layer...." of such and such, exactly correct. I could barely keep from laughing, it was all pretty strange, and the hard-core present were all trying desperately to keep a straight face. So, there it is. I have that other story about getting on the bad side of the other patrol, but that may or may not be conveyed at a future time, as I have blathered on quite a bit here today. The issue. I'm not sure. It may be that only I think there is an issue. Or perhaps there is a moral to the tale: 1)the evil disc must be judiciously and precisely placed to accomplish maximum effect for safety and 2)that patrol don't have the right to decide someone is beneath their respect and courteous consideration, especially if they have glitched a little themselves. They are, and must always be, professional in every aspect of their demeanor, even when stuck digging a pit while the dogs are a-howlin'. Any other pow dogs with a persecution complex out there? And lastly, we do have a cool group of patrol, the best, thanks guys.
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10/27/07 at 5:54pm