As someone who's known to get emotional from time to time, here's what I see.
1) It starts when they get out of their car and walk up to the lift.
They throw their skis on their shoulders just like in the movies. But, they never do figure out that there's people behind them. Boink! Someone gets whapped in the chin with ski tips.
2) Then, you have a zillion people who can't balance in street shoes walking around with ski boots on.
Put ski boots on them and look out. All kinds of opportunity to bump into people. Bump into someone with the wrong attitude and look out.
3) The lift line. It never ceases to amaze me, that so many; 1) can't figure out how to alternate, 2) can't figure out how to get on the chair, 3) get really nervous when they ride up with a stranger - "Oh my god. Someone new. I may have to say hello to them"! So because all they know in life is their little box, they let the stranger ride up by themselves. Never mind that there's 20 minute lift line.
4) The bar.
How many times have you been whapped in the back of the head with the bar? Now, as soon as I get on the chair I'm watching for it - and I still get whapped! Now imagine someone with an anger management problem in this situation. Yikes!
5) Now we're on the slopes.
Let's face it folks, the slopes are dominated by lousy skiers who simply don't have a clue. It's all they can do to keep their skis going the same direction - never mind the skiers responsibility code. Never mind being responsible for what's in front of you, in these days and times you have to be responsible for those behind you too, watching for that out of control skier with a Nebraska jacket on ("Yahoo, I'm skiing"!).
6) The snowboarder factor. If you're skiing blue groomers and you told your insurance agent, he/she/it would probably charge you more. Because, you're in snowboarder neighborhood. Snowboarders love blue groomers and you're now their fodder.
7) Now it's time for lunch. "What do you mean, $24.95 for a burger"?
8) Next time you're eating lunch, look around at the people who are drinking theirs - lots of 'em. Those same skiers, who stumble around in their ski boots, who can't get on the lift right, and can't ski to save their lives - are now drunk. Swell.
9) Skiing is a sport where interaction with others is a necessity. No matter what someone tells you, you just can't go up there with a "just me, the mountain, and my back pack" attitude.
- Good manners are needed; "Hello". "Good morning". "Are these your gloves"? "Do you mind if I sit here"?
- Talking to others is required. "Hi, how are you today".
- Being polite. "Do you mind if we cut in front of you"?
- Watching out for others. "On your left".
Yet, we live in a world where most have a hard time establishing eye contact with their fellow man.
And you wonder why there's problems?
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ March 01, 2002 05:48 PM: Message edited 2 times, by SCSA ]</font>