Up until this year my entire skiing experience has been at Jay Peak. so it's always been FL to VT to see family and to take advantage of said family as one of them works on the mountain. (Thanks Dana!)
But anyways, some time back in 1782 they had a town meeting in nearby Montgomery and after discussing maple sugar, cows, and the British they decided it would be a good idea for everyone to PUT THE BAR DOWN on the chair lift as young Ezekiel had fallen off last year and couldn't get to the barn for a month to do his share of the milking. Ever since then the bar goes down when you ski at Jay Peak, it's just the way it is...
Imagine my surprise when I finally made it out to Whitefish MT, largely due to sibhusky's excellent guide btw, and discovered crazy risk taking libertarian skiers riding the chair lift with the bar up! I couldn't handle it, I had to have the bar down. I did notice a certain level of pity or disgust coming from my chair mates at times - they did not want to be shackled by a device conceived by a federal committee in Washington DC.
On day three I relented and bathed in the freedom of living dangerously and enjoyed it. I fit in finally!
On day 5 my feet started to hurt and I put the bar down anyways. I also yelled at a bunch of Texans stopped in the middle of an icy cat track - just like sibhusky taught me to!