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Radios on the ski hill

post #1 of 23
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Yeah! I'm bitchin' again. I hate the f'in radios on the hill. People seem to complicate their schedule just because they have a set of them. Talkin' all the time,:wo rds: barely communicating cause of all the static and cross-talk. Jabberin' in my ear on the lift all the time. Very complex arrangements bein' made. And a huge liklihood of arrangements going very wrong. It really is un-necessary. Turn em off and ski, and leave the little guy alone for a minute, he's groovin' without ya'! and quit worryin' about your wife, don't you trust her?
post #2 of 23
Come in Davluri......Come in Davluri....do you have your ears on good buddy????? ....... "where ya at Duuuude?????" "lets meet up at say 1200 hours outside the shack..." "Man, I must have skied 100,000 vert already!!!": most is bs.....

Where the heck you skiin' Davluri..everyone uses cell phones now adays....just as irritating....

I hate that noise pollution also.....does the jam box that always seem to have holes in the speakers, blaring full volume, next to the lifties bother you?
post #3 of 23
In the 60's Big Boulder in PA had speakers on each lift tower and light pole.

Piped in yodeling all day long ..... non stop .....

Yo... de .. ley ..he .. hoo, Yo da ley, Yo da ley he hoooooooooooooooo

You'd have been doing a Postal routine man .... :
post #4 of 23
Radio's do serve a purpose when they are used correctly. The problem comes from people who don't respect others.

We have been skiing with them for 10 years. We only talk on them when needed.

We have learned to turn them off (or change the station and not tell her) when my sister is around because she is one of those that feels the need to talk.

Yes I also agree the music at the lift is annoying I wish they would turn it off.
post #5 of 23
Just plug some headphones into your kid's Ipod & drown out the noise with some speed metal.
post #6 of 23
What Max said. My son and I keep them off to save batteries and use them to reconnect if we get seperated. I also find the constant chatter annoying, but I think the novelty is wearing off and people are gabbing less. Probably all listening to Ipods.
post #7 of 23
I just love knowing everything that’s going on with den mother and johnny on the other end. I feel like I’m part of the family getting all the gory detail including the code to the garage door.

"Yes for gods sake; the lunch pita you had sounds better than the frozen bar I’ve got in my coat." I think Frozen Caveman Layer had it right…those strange boxes they talk into are unfamiliar and scare me.:
post #8 of 23
Well, if you ski with kids, or even take someone else's kids skiing, you might feel differently.

Yeah, cell phones...but not all ski hills are in cell range.

Complaining about people using cell phones/radios on the lifts is like complaining about people using cell phones in parking lots. Would you rather they used them while skiing? (I know some people do.)

If I want total peace and serenity while skiing, I know I have to walk/skin for it. In-bounds skiing is social.
post #9 of 23
Watching moronic families trying to communicate with each other all day long instead of skiing makes me realize that my life is way better than most schmos. They even believe that they are relaxing! They have no idea that they are acting stupid... they seem to be over-stimulated and disconnected from the act of enjoying the sport of skiing!
post #10 of 23
Maybe they are relaxing, compared to their everyday life.
post #11 of 23
You need to ski the woods at Mt. Bachelor......a maze of gullies and runnels, full of powder, submerged trees, tree wells and melted out blow holes. If you try to stay together you can't enjoy the skiing. If you split up it is dangerous. Radios are a good tool there. Plus you can talk on the lift when the snob next to you is sitting sulking.
post #12 of 23
faber.....How did families ski in the old days without the tech?? It sounds like it's mandatory with you??

Take a break. Go ski and have fun. If you get lost.....phone home and get a busy signal.
post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by Sugaree View Post
faber.....How did families ski in the old days without the tech?? It sounds like it's mandatory with you??

Take a break. Go ski and have fun. If you get lost.....phone home and get a busy signal.
Yeah, the old days of skiing "without the tech"....do we really need to go down that road?

I'm an instructor who teaches a lot of young children. Parents like to be able to be contacted on the mountain if, well.....the unforeseen happens. Or maybe they want to join their kid for lunch to see how their day is going....lots of reasons for on-mountain communication.

And---leaving children for the moment---isn't it easier to call ski patrol if you are hurt rather than waiting for someone to come by, hoping they stop and get the details of your location right when waking up the liftie who then calls ski patrol?

I ski with a phone because I like to call my wife when I'm not taking an afternoon lesson so that we can meet up, have lunch together or whatever.

Nothing wrong with communicating. If I don't want to be contacted, I go BC. But going in-bounds skiing to get away from it all...c'mon, man

Or we could go back to birch sticks, leather thongs, woolens, hides, alpenhorns, yodeling, semaphore.....
post #14 of 23
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leather thongs...
kinky
post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by faber View Post
...if you ski with kids, or even take someone else's kids skiing, you might feel differently...
Yes, been there done both…with radio and/or cell. A great tool to herd the cats. Bringing two-way from BC extreme safety use to the front side was natural progression albeit that of convenience on piste.

Certainly cells/radios are useful tools and it-is-what-it-is. That said, unfortunately it appears to me that a large portion of front side folks are well past obnoxious with their conversation volume and apparent lack of respect for others. I would think that a reasoned use would include recognizing conversations should be conducted in a more private manner with respect for those you are talking with as well as those around you. With some simularity in my mind, I view it as second hand smoke. That is; why must I be forced to plug my ears :

Of course, excessive chatter on a ski hill is nothing compared to ground examples such as a chance moment standing next to a State Senator in a Dulles Airport people mover as he bellows his important directives into his phone so loudly that I felt compelled to act upon his commands .

[Side note. The other day skiing I spotted a cell phone on the side of a run and made sure it was returned to lost and found rather than further digging its grave. See, I do have a softer, reasonable side. ]
post #16 of 23
faber......

I feel for you if you can't "get away from it all" skiing inbounds. Bummer.

You make valid points. I'm just saying.......we all did just fine without the tech.
post #17 of 23
This says it all...

post #18 of 23
^^^
Yes…Yes…the directly way! I see. Very efficient and has little room for misunderstanding.

I’m practicing the hand gestures as they seem to add a degree of panache
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by Sugaree View Post
faber......

I feel for you if you can't "get away from it all" skiing inbounds. Bummer.
We prolly have different attitudes towards skiing frontside. For me it's usually my job, and my job is very social. I work with people and help them stay safe, improve, and have fun. I ski resorts to ski with people. I like that they're there and enjoy meeting all kinds of folks. Even when I "take the logo off" I still enjoy chatting with those who come to vacation in my backyard. I live in Montana, so if I'm not already "away from it all," I'm away from most Skiing in-bounds isn't what I do to escape. We've got plenty of backcountry here for that.

There is one way to get away from it all frontside: iPod. more tech

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You make valid points. I'm just saying.......we all did just fine without the tech.
Agree 100%.

I guess I'm saying let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater. Plenty of good reasons to have it out there. Just cuz a few don't use that stuff the way we'd like.....
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by Max Capacity View Post

Yes I also agree the music at the lift is annoying I wish they would turn it off.
Radio, I can do without. Music at the lifts, however, I like - life should have a soundtrack!
post #21 of 23
My radio saved my butt yesterday. I entered a thick tree run that I had never skied, with a friend who was familiar with it. We got separated and I got into a place where I should not have been. It was a life saver to have the radio to contact my ski partner and have him help me figure a way out. Without it I might still be somewhere in the trees on Blackcomb Mountain.
post #22 of 23
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Radio, I can do without. Music at the lifts, however, I like - life should have a soundtrack!

Go ski Lost Valley, Maine. A little area with speakers all over the hill which subject you to non-stop Country Western.

Actually, I prefer that to the Hip Hop Fernie can lapse into from time to time.
post #23 of 23
Thread Starter 

tech is what you make it

The tech is good, even life saving. The use of that tech can be shallow and selfish. Use it sparingly and wisely.

Walk without leaving a trace.

I violently disagree that frontside (big, awesome main runs in the ski area) is a carnival anyway,

and that people can pollute the frontside with any manner of noise and crap because that's what it is anyway,

and that other skiers should seek spaces farther away, OB even, to find good mountain vibes.

Every skier sets the tone of the mountain in every thing they do.
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