*conversation.* How I've missed thee. . .
FWIW I am with the folks who don't think this is going to start a mad influx into Taos. It'll be a novelty for a short bit, and then things will mostly return to the old status quo. Just the nature of the place and what I know of the mountain.
But come on. . . Bad manners and poor snow sport skills are primarily
in the province of the snowboarders? And
selfsame boarders are generally socioeconomically, educationally, and morally inferior to their skiing peers? That's about as accurate as me saying that 99% of all skiers are old, rich, white, prejudiced men with no hair and Napoleon complexes. . . . Which could be somewhat true, based on this thread. . . except I throw off the numbers.
Do I snowboard? No. Simply because I don't want to waste a few ski days falling down while learning something new. With a couple of little kids it's hard enough achieving maximum ski days that I choose not to spend a few of them falling tookus over teakettle. So I have never learned.
But I am
married to a snowboarder who has been riding (and riding well) for 16 years, when he gave up his skis for good. I am envious of his ability to attack the goods in the tight trees, with a better-adapted stance and superior flotation. I've never seen him scrape snow from the hill either. I mean, come on. . . he likes good snow just like *us* skiers. Why would he destroy it?
Interestingly, my snowboarder friends are:
1. my husband, who's highly educated, an executive, honest to a fault, and a dad.
2. one of my oldest female friends, who owns a start-up marketing company, is a mom to two girls, and who has been riding since 1990, when she was a bit of a chick skate punk.
3. one of our oldest male friends, an Ivy Leaguer in his 30s with an upper-crusty NYC pedigree, his own successful business, and a hot wife (ex-ski racer) and a son
4. One semi-employed hippie who has made outdoor pursuits his priority of choice. Nothing wrong with that, in my book.
Be careful with the generalizations. Snowboarding attracts a whole lot of people, not all of them easily labeled. The lumping and labeling 'round here never ceases to annoy. . . or get old.