Originally Posted by RatherPlayThanWork
Just curious, why do you go there? Every report you give seems to rip the place apart. I go there every couple of weeks and have never had the problems you seem to encounter.
That seems like an awfully stupid question, but then, stupid questions are the ones that need answering the most, aren't they?
I mean, people who ask stupid questions are the ones who have the greatest need to be informed, aren't they? So it becomes a moral obligation for an intelligent person like myself to put aside any annoyance I feel, and answer stupid questions.
I ski at Hunter because I like skiing on ice, and I'm capable of avoiding dangerous douchebag snowboarders who race down the mountain with no hope of stopping, and no concern for the safety of others.
I like skiing on ice so much, that I would ski Hunter from top to bottom in pure ice conditions, with no snow on any of the slopes, entirely by using my skills to turn, set my edges, and sometimes side slip, on ice. Hunter has never been open on a day when it was too icy for me to enjoy skiing.
My reports about bad conditions are intended to serve those people, like the man with his daughter, and the couple, who threw away their money on lift tickets on a day with conditions they can't handle.
I don't care if you like the place. I love the place, and always enjoy myself.
The purpose of a trip report is not to boast about my skills or criticize others, it is to inform other people of the conditions they can expect if they go. Conditions at Hunter are simply too harsh for many people, much of the time. I want them to know.
I told a number of people about epicski.com; and told them that I had predicted the conditions in an earlier report here. One man told me he wished he'd known about the trip reports here before he drove up and wasted his money.
I may print some cards with the link to this site, Alpinezone, and Realconditions.com and hand them out to people I meet, so they can go online and read independent reports on conditions.