Originally Posted by TomF
I've run into more than one snowboarder who's gotten off a lift and suddenly plopped down right in the middle of of the only way off the lift. I've had to do a slalom through bunches of snowboarders who have decided that that they can sit right in the middle of beginning of a run. I've nearly been hit by snowboarders who are hucking themselves blindly onto a run. I've also talked to plenty of friendly snowboarders on lifts. But it's this experience that really did it for me:
A few years ago I was skiing at Park City. Last run, last day of eight days. I've had great weather, and a great time. I'm coming down PayDay on my way to the base. Surprisingly, nobody else on this part of the run, skiing in the middle of the run, nice perfectly predictable linked turns, no way someone couldn't determine my line. A snowboarder goes flying by on my right and actually clipped me, throwing me off balance. Did the one ski in the air thing, but didn't crash. Boarder turns around, laughing his ass off, slides down a ways and stops on the left with a bunch of friends. I'm completely pissed, I'm going to go over there and beat the sh*t out of him. As I ski up to the group I see that they're all probably early high school, possibly junior high. I resist my urge to push this little pissant right over the edge of the trail, call him a bunch of choice words and continue to the base. I've got my skis off and I turn around and see this guy maybe 20' away. I go storming up to him, yelling at him, intending to cause a scene and let everybody in hearing distance know what this piece of sh*t did. He suddenly clocks me with a left to my right ear, throws me off balance and I go down on top of him. Next thing I now I have two big guys picking me up and holding me back while little smart ass goes walking off. I'm suddenly the bad guy even though he drew blood and it's dripping down my ear, cheek and neck. This incident has forever colored my opinion of snowboarders. Instantly ruined the day and spoiled the trip. Yeah, he was an assh*le, but he was a snowboarding assh*le.
Finally someone knows.
In case you failed the third grade: the "s" at the end of snowboarders means plural, as in 2 or more. Not specifically every one in existence.
I am not saying all snowboarders are jerks, and I even said several times I have met many polite snowboarders.
So stop saying I am dissing all snowboarders. That's not what I mean or even said, so if you interpreted it that way or just chose to say it that way because it is easy to flame me about, just stop now.
Many snowboarders and skiers are jerks, but my main experience is with snowboarders because they generally have less control. That is not to say it is limited to only snowboarders.
If I had not played it cool with the guy in my story, it would probably turned out how it did for you. Reminds me of a certain bus incident recently.
If you say you would be pissed if you were sprayed, look at it in context. If I have to slow down to pass you (what could that mean?) and you happen to get snow on you, you are just being stupid. As far as I'm concerned, you lose the right of way as soon as you sit down.
Also, I was at Northstar at Tahoe, possibly the biggest tourist/poser resort in California.