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Liftline solidarity

post #1 of 17
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A dump of snow followed by blue skies brought out enough to make some decent liftlines Friday.  I had almost made it to the ticket scanning turn-style when two young snowboarder dudes blasted in and slid under the ropes like they were coming into second base, cutting in front of me and 150 others.

 

My nomadic existence has kept me from patrolling this year, but I didn't want to let this one go.

 

I rapped on their boards and told them there is a line.  "Don't worry about it" they snarled.  "I am worrying about it" I replied raising my voice.  I put my poles over my head and started clanging them yelling "these two right here--- line cutters!"  Soon the whole mass of people were clanging poles and yelling, and a lifty had to come remove the ingrates.

 

Everyone cheered and returned to enjoying the day.

post #2 of 17

funny story, like the outcome. the tread kind of continues our thread from a ways back, cuttng the lift line, where every side of that kind of confrontation was weighed in on.

 

And I have pretty much given up being the proponent of orderly process. just too aggravating and an endless thorn if one lets it be. But thanks for carrying on.

post #3 of 17

Yes, well done, newfydog!

 

Many of the things that go on in our American lift lines would get hammered in Europe. Leave an empty seat on a chair? You'll get razzed, at least. Skip a whole chair, and you can expect severe reprimand, or worse, from the crowd. Lift operators rarely need to get involved!

 

I was in the Lift 5 line for the chair from Vail's back bowls a couple weeks ago. It was a gorgeous spring-like day, with great snow conditions, so the maze was full. There was a guy in the line, apparently single but not in the singles line, yakking constantly on his cell phone and completely obivious to everyone else around him, and to the needs of the line. He would bump into people, step on their skis, forget to move forward when there was a gap, ignore alternating lines, and so on. It's a triple lift, and several times he'd appear to find a couple to ride with, and then he'd be somewhere else. People started politely speaking to him, gently nudging him or tapping his skis with their poles to remind him to step off their skis, or to move ahead. He ignored everything. Finally people started yelling at him, berating him for "screwing up the line," and pushing him into his place. He never took his phone off his ear, or acknowledged any of the increasingly irate comments and "suggestions" directed at him. I'm not sure how it all ended up, but I wouldn't be surprised if they find his body somewhere when the snow melts in the spring!

 

Best regards,

Bob

post #4 of 17

Those 2 kids were driving an Audi, they passed me doing 75 on the way up. Apparently a few drivers never made it to the P-lot and ended up in the Snowbank. The new snow brought the beast out yesterday. Instigator!

post #5 of 17

 

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Those 2 kids were driving an Audi

 

Don't dog on the Audi man. They sell to idiots, too (like me).

 

I'm going to employ your lift line technique next time, although I don't see that too often in Tahoe -- maybe that happens on the green & blue lifts more.

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 There was a guy in the line, apparently single but not in the singles line, yakking constantly on his cell phone and completely obivious to everyone else around him, and to the needs of the line.


I've seen this sort of thing too and don't get it...how can a person ignore the beauty of a special experience they traveled a long way and paid big bucks to get, and instead yak incessantly and insipidly by cell with someone mired in the muck they just escaped?  Loneliness?  Stupidity?  Electronic device addiction?

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I've seen this sort of thing too and don't get it...how can a person ignore the beauty of a special experience they traveled a long way and paid big bucks to get, and instead yak incessantly and insipidly by cell with someone mired in the muck they just escaped?  Loneliness?  Stupidity?  Electronic device addiction?

 

Let me guess err...work?

post #8 of 17

My wife doesn't ski and my kids haven;t graduated ski wee yet so I spend most of my time skiing alone in the singles line pairing up with others.  What gripes me is the trick where folks will pretend to be a full chair then split at the last minute say on a six pack 6 people go through the line  corrals together then when the chair comes around only three go. Whenever I see that happen I "invite" myself and scoot up and sit on the chair that suddenly isn't full

post #9 of 17

I can't tell you how many times this year that the tip of my ski edged out the tip of another ski that was trying to butt ahead.

 

Too much of that crap going on out there.

post #10 of 17

This hapened to me two weeks ago..only I did not have the balls to say anything because I did not want to start a scene. So I only ended up annoying myself more. Next time I will think and act differently.

 

Props to you newfydog!

post #11 of 17

Good on ya mate.

post #12 of 17

 

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Let me guess err...work?

Naw, work doesn't cut it, nor emergencies over where to meet for drinks. We humans have the mental capacity to a) ignore or cut calls short until we can deal with them gracefully, or if not, then b) get out of line and talk, then return to line. This is just about self-absorption. 

post #13 of 17

Good yob mon!

 

If more people called these adz-wipes out .....

 

We is a nation of wimps for the most part and the numb-nutz walk all over everyone.

 

Way to freakin go! 

post #14 of 17

 

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Many of the things that go on in our American lift lines would get hammered in Europe. Leave an empty seat on a chair? You'll get razzed, at least. Skip a whole chair, and you can expect severe reprimand, or worse, from the crowd. Lift operators rarely need to get involved!

 

Huh???

post #15 of 17

On a powder day when there was an actual line at loveland...

 

I'm about to load the lift when the guy next to me starts yelling "WERE RIDING UP DOUBLE" over and over then tries to push me out of the loading area. I managed to pop his ski off with my pole as they left.

 

 

A snowboarder cut the line right infront of me, I just bump into him rather violently and say "oh sorry I'm new at this, when you cut the line I didn't have enough room to slow down." He fell getting off the lift.

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 I managed to pop his ski off with my pole as they left.

 

post #17 of 17

Like I said ^^^ it can mess with your mind to get into a negative discussion if it doesn't turn out as you might plan (Newfy's outcome).

 

Sometimes I am planning to ski a difficult line in the coming run and I can't afford to f-up my state of mind over some jerk, lose focus and positive energy. (so I have to leave it to someone else to deal with).

 

The same applies to any form of criticizing or correcting another skier, it probably affects me more negatively than them.
 

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snip........ 

Everyone cheered and returned to enjoying the day.


 

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