Fond memories from several years back up at Chicopee in Canada- gorgeous blue bird day, got to the top of the lift, young liftie was sitting with his feet up, soaking in the sun, listening to... Edith Piaf, La Vie en Rose.I rode a lift with a young guy playing Sinatra and other crooners. That was unexpected.
I used to imagine that with age came wisdom. Experience has taught me that this is not so. Young clueless arseholes merely become old clueless arseholes!Had an interesting scenario this past Sunday at Keystone's opening bell. Got to the mountain way too early, so I lined up at the 4-chair Summit Express with two people who were there prior. One guy, maybe in his mid sixties and obviously in it to win it judging by all of the stretching, posturing, and walking around he was doing, seemed like he'd be an interesting person to chat with on the 8.5 minute trip up the hill, so I was looking forward to sharing the chair.
So, as opening time nears, a crowd of maybe 250+ people accumulates behind all of us and everyone starts jostling anxiously, as expected. The liftie eventually moves the barrier and, to my surprise, the guy literally full on power skates to get to a chair that's already turned and snag a single on the first chair. Not that the six second head start mattered much on the first tracks of the day, but I found it a little off-putting given the huge crowd of people behind us.
Him and I eventually shared the first chair on the next lift, Santiago, where he promptly lowered the bar strongly and without announcement and bashed the back of my helmet.
I tend to agree. However, I did this to three teenage boys who were sitting across a steeper section of a blue run, out of sight from above. I skied up and very nicely told them that they were sitting in a bad spot and were not visible from above. They skied off, with the last one cussing me out as he left.When you witness somebody doing something crappy on a ski slope that is the time to turn on your most gracious and thoughtful behavior. We are the elders and zen masters of the skiing tribe and that's when it's most important for us to show the others the right way to do things. I'm sort of half joking and half serious when I say this.