Originally Posted by sibhusky
By and large it's not tourists in general that drive me nuts, it's LARGE NUMBERS of them. Like at Christmas and this weekend. I left today after four runs.
I'm used to skiing an empty mountain, after all. So, of course, when it's not empty, I start getting jumpy. When the extra people are skiing in large packs and zigzagging on cat tracks, standing around and blocking trails I really start to get wound up. There weren't even lines yet and already there was this milling around stuff going on. I can't imagine what the next two days will be like and don't plan to find out.
Obviously I am not "mountain ambassador" material.
As a long time Tahoe "local" I have come to the point that I accept tourists as a way of life. Many of my friends and the community in general rely on their money to live. My attitude over the years has switched from hating on them, to now ignoring them. I schedule my life to not be around when the mountain gets packed, I get it the rest of the year
. I schedule my trips to town to avoid them and I ski in the back country or take out the sled on weekends like this one or christmas week. I actually take pity on them. The only time most of them, get to be in the mountains is a few weekends a year and maybe a vacation week or two. I have a hard time wrapping my mind around that.
The only time I tend to lose it on them, is when they speed through my neighborhood, which I consider to be beyond rude, they won't speed through their neighborhood with kids and dogs around, don't do it my neighborhood. However being a local, I know the Highway Patrol guys by name and they love writing tickets to people that get smart with them.
Living in a tourist town has made me hyper sensitive when I'm in places like Hawaii, I'm always really cool to the locals and it usually plays out in my favor, by getting tips on the best places to eat and hidden beaches...etc.