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Anyone from Okemo out at Loveland, CO right now?

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Okemo Ski Racing WTF
Every year we deal with the race crews coming through Loveland. They scare us with their disregard for personal space on the mountain, sometimes culminating in collisions, which is against Colorado law I believe. But we hunker down and deal with it. I dump speed and change my course because they surely won't and I just wait for the day they all go home to the ice sheets they love so much.

But yesterday reached a different level of obnoxiousness. Brett and I are going through the maze, not bothering anybody and three 50-60ish men come in behind us. The look around with a sneer on their face and then looking down at Brett's skis one says in a rude and aggressive tone, "What are those for?" Brett just doesn't respond. I almost said "Skiing", but before I could, another one says, "Can you even turn those?" in the same condescending voice." You really had to be there to understand their snobby tone.

Then they turn to me and say, "I guess you couldn't pick a color", talking about my clothes. Again, it was a rude tone of voice, not even a joking or teasing one. Just rude.

At that point I said, "Hi, how are you guys doing. Super day out today, isn't it?" with my best ski school smile plastered on my face. We loaded up and when we got off at the top, I saw the Okemo emblem on their back. I don't know if they were coaches or alumni or what, but their behavior was just shameful. And then I think this is the example they are setting for the racing kids. Doubly shameful.
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I haven't been to slokemo in years, but it's nice to read the place still attracts top-level douchebags. Some things never change.
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Wait, some skiers are elitist pricks? Wow, that's odd... Never heard of that before!
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I had the whole family at loveland on Sunday...
The racers were everywhere...
My kids asked me why do they think they own the mountain...?
My youngest happened to be riding with a Loveland patroler, they were about to get in the line for chair #6...now mind you the line was never more than a few people.....several racers buzzed right on in the line and cut right in front of them...after this happened again the patroler promptly put a stop to that..very politely of course...
Lovelands patroler's are some of the nicest i have ever met...

The lifties were telling us it was much worse last weekend...that's too bad...as i am sure not all racers have crappy attitudes...

Again just a few ruin it for the rest...

I wonder since chair #3 is closed to the public, why don't they enforce the racers to stay on those runs...

I was buzzed more than a few times, it was a PITA, granted i am no racer but i am not a slow beginner getting in their way...
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What a bunch of asshats, making all racers look bad (I'm guessing they are not all that bad) and more importantly making everyone from the East look like that. I bet a bunch of Jay/MRG/pick a non southern VT mountain skiers would've left a much better impression.

There is no place on a mountain for that type of behavior.
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There is no place on a mountain for that type of behavior.
Agreed 100%. The person who acts like they're God's gift to anything is always making up for their own inferiority, and I hate elitist douches more than just about anything. Kudos to the Loveland pros who acted as such- Their integrity has surely shined through in this situation!
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I will say this.....When I skied Stowe for a week last February I bumped into some of the rudest people (I refuse to call them skiers) I have ever encountered on a mountain.

OTOH, the core skiers at Stowe were a blast to hang with.
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I had the whole family at loveland on Sunday...
The racers were everywhere...
My kids asked me why do they think they own the mountain...?
They invade Colorado this time every year. The Loveland Valley race course is only so big so they move up to the Basin. Many do act like they own the mountain while at Loveland. Not all, but the majority.

The battle every season is keeping the racers from blasting through your lesson after they practice and then want to come into the lodge down at Loveland Valley. They don't want to take the slightly longer route to the lodge, they'd rather blast through the teaching hill at the valley. I can't count the number of times they'd block off and cut off guests I had in classes there. The racers at Winter Park don't seem to have this problem.

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My youngest happened to be riding with a Loveland patroler, they were about to get in the line for chair #6...now mind you the line was never more than a few people.....several racers buzzed right on in the line and cut right in front of them...after this happened again the patroler promptly put a stop to that..very politely of course...
Lovelands patroler's are some of the nicest i have ever met...
Pip and the gang are great guys. They are even nice to people who deliberately duck lines and go into areas where patrol was getting ready to shoot for avy control. Expect to lose your season pass if you do this. They do track you as you come down.


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The lifties were telling us it was much worse last weekend...that's too bad...as i am sure not all racers have crappy attitudes...

Again just a few ruin it for the rest...

I wonder since chair #3 is closed to the public, why don't they enforce the racers to stay on those runs...

I was buzzed more than a few times, it was a PITA, granted i am no racer but i am not a slow beginner getting in their way...
They are not all bad. When the Austrian and French ski teams are there it's fine. It wasn't too hard to rub shoulders with Hermann Maier or eat some breakfast next to them.


There's lots of racing practice going on at Winter Park right now. It was a crowded day Sunday with lots of recreational skiers, ski race practice, Ski School training, and National Sports Center for The Disabled training. There were a few yahoo's but most were courteous. I may have shared a few beverages with a US Ski Team member Sunday night. Nothing but nice and polite.
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I was buzzed more than a few times, it was a PITA, granted i am no racer but i am not a slow beginner getting in their way...
Just start buzzing them, can hardly even get up enough speed to turn on whats open so far.
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Thanks for responding...
We really like going to Loveland early in the season...
Hopefully we will get some more snow, and more runs will open up...
Again I have to give Kudos to the Loveland patrollers...really a bunch of great guys...
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