It's hard for me to believe sometimes, just how dumb kids can be when the strap a snowboard to their feet and pull their pants down around their knees. (Ok, maybe there were a few skiers involved too, just to be fair).
Yesterday we're taking a run through the terrain park at our local mountain. We'd been through once earlier to check out the features and hit the jumps and a few boxes to get the feel for things. My youngest daughter (8 yo) took a huge face plant on the biggest jump...for some reason she thought she'd just hit it full speed the first time.
Second time through, a couple hours later, and the place is crawling with kids -- majority of whom were boarders. We get to a jump where you kind of stop and set up, and there are kids all over the place off to the left, and some sitting on the left side of the jump watching others in the herd do some rails or something. I tell my wife -- it's ok, they're off to the left, just go. She's not sure, so she wastes her turn and skis down to the jump -- and what do you know -- there are kids sitting in the landing zone. Just sitting there, watching the action on the rails!!!
WTF???? Seriously, how can kids be that stupid. If I'd been there first I'd have assumed nobody was dumb enough to be sitting there, and I"d have either gone myself (in which case anyone sitting in the landing zone would have been in a serious world of hurt), or I'd have sent one of my kids -- and they likely would have gotten hurt.
I suppose I'll talk with a patroller about the situation -- maybe they need a park ranger, like the ranger on a golf course -- to keep thie little morons off of landing zones.
One of the things I try to teach my kids is situational awareness on the mountain, at all times. They understand the skier responsibility code, and they understand they also need to be mindful of where they are, where they stop, how they merge from one trail to another, what to do when they are stopped and then start again.
These kids obviously know the danger of sitting where they were, and that they are ruining others runs by having to be told to get the F off the landing zone -- I guess it's just the pack mentality, because they can't individually be that dumb.
Besides that...what an awesome bluebird day we had here in central NY yesterday. Soft packed powder, soft bumps, everything open and in great shape. The sun did finally bring out the crowds though, with 5 minute waits at times -- which is WAY longer than we've seen all year.