After four pages, this has turned into a safety bar debate (again) and it was just one of the issues in the OP. Most of this stuff doesn't bother me at all because I'm not hanging around the parking lot and lodge long enough to be impacted by it. I'm much more offended by someone traversing a powder line, than skiing across a parking lot.
I have seen CADS used by T-Square. Its an adaptive device that allows some people to do things they otherwise couldn't, like outriggers or sit skis. As a performance enhancement for otherwise healthy skiers, I haven't really seen that.
Unless you belong to an internet forum the term "gaper" will just get you a blank stare at a ski area. It immediately puts you at the same level as the person you are calling a gaper because you're such an internet geek to think that word has any meaning. Same goes for Jong. I guess that puts me in agreement with Powdr.
Downhill poles? Never saw the point unless you wear Spandex and ski between gates. Haven't seen this problem lately.
The only team jackets I see are related to NFL. I rarely see anyone wear a a foreign ski school jacket, and instructors don't wear it when off-duty where I ski. I'm becoming concerned that my jacket isn't a camoflage pattern. I may not fit in.
Powder leashes have their place, and its not dragging around the lift line.
Safety bars are something I have come to expect. Half the chairlifts at Kirkwood don't have them, and if they are equipped like Chairs 6 and 4, I've learned to expect them to come down. How many times do you have to be hit in the head before you learn after all? Don't get mad, get smart. BTW, I kind of appreciate the bar to rest on if I'm carrying a pack, but it can push you into the line of fire when it comes down.
I'm guilty of fleece/neoprene masks on storm days. If you prefer frostbite, that's your problem. My face ain't much to look at anyway.
I appreciate your indulgence while I post in this important thread.
Originally Posted by Powdr
*Warning* If you are easily offended or do some of the things described below and take exception, well I forewarned you. DO NOT READ ON.
Every year around this time, ski towns get mobbed by the very lifeblood that pays the bills; skiers from other regions. I'm not talking about your one-time a year type of tourist here [I'm fine with them], I'm talking about the somewhat seasoned skier that comes in from afar. We have to endure this breed for nearly the rest of the season. A partial list of shake-your-head behavior:
- Skiing across a [partially] snow covered parking lot to get to the car. Come on folks, don't be so frickin' lazy, not to mention the wonderful asphalt base grind you will receive.
- CADS or any other 'ski improvement device'. Look up cads.com if you haven't heard of it. Lame.
- Using the term 'Gaper'. You're one yourself if you use it.
- Bent [racing] poles when freeskiing. Get ahold of yourself. You're not here to win the Olympic gold medal. Not even a NASTAR medal warrants these.
- [Insert ski resort here] Ski Team jackets. We're not impressed. We have plenty of own racer-chasers to deal with.
- [Insert ski resort here] Ski School jackets. Not impressed either. Shouldn't you be working at your home hill?
- Flags on poles. We can see you a mile away with your neon jacket anyway.
- Powder leashes. Even worse: when they hang out in the lift line.
- Powder Boards on a hard pack day or anything less than 6" of new. Lame.
- Calling it 'Pow Pow'. Finish the word, please.
- Safety Bar slammers. I still have a lump on my head from last week. At least wait until the freakin' chair leaves the terminal, then ask. Don't be amazed when someone says 'No'. Not everyone wants/needs to use them.
- All Carvers, all the time. You've seen them, the gorilla lookin' turns that these skiers so obsessively practice all day long. Fer Christ's sake - learn some diversity in your turns. You look incredibly boring and one dimensional.
- Whooping and hollering in powder. Save your energy. You will need it because you are leaning back so far that your thighs are burning as it is.
- Stickers of [insert ski area or snowboard/ski brand here] on lift towers. Graffiti up yer own neighborhood.
- Neoprene face masks. Leave those beauties for your home arctic ski hill.
Yes, I'm a grizzled curmudgeon. I fully admit it. Oh yeah....enjoy your vacation while here. We really do need your money
TeleProphet - the seer.