Boards are better on the slopes


When it comes to having fun on the mountain, skiers have the wrong idea and consistently bully snowboarders.

Sometimes even the staff gets in on the harassment. At Snowbasin Resort in Utah, one patroller became so disrespectful that the staff released a statement condemning their own behavior and apologized for the patroller’s actions, according to Unofficial Networks.

I’m sick of carving down the slopes and being stopped in my tracks by some skier blowing by me at breakneck speeds. I don’t need the full mountain, but I need a little space; unfortunately, somebody on skis will always be there to remind me that I’m not welcome.

In fact, those who ski are often so elitist and unwelcoming that it should come as no surprise that they would discriminate against snowboarders, barring them from fun at resorts like Alta in Utah, who proudly proclaim “Alta is for Skiers” at the bottom of their webpage and refuse to allow snowboarding.

Those stuffy, pompous jerks are the same everywhere: no respect for the powder, close calls down the slopes to discourage boarders from hitting the trail again, and an overall aggressive demeanor.

Furthermore, skiers are involved in 86 percent of collisions between multiple persons on the mountain, according to a report hosted by the National Institute of Health. This is seven percent less than snowboarders, who are involved in 79 percent of collisions between multiple persons. The unsafe behavior really does come back to bite those skiers.

It seems as though the only place I’m safe to hit jumps and enjoy fresh, untouched pow is within the tree lines. Every other area on the mountain seems to have been claimed by those who live for speed and nothing else.

I remember learning to board on the bunny hill and becoming annoyed as skier moms and dads continually led their children in front of me when I tried to get going. Maybe I would not have been such a butt dragger if I didn’t have to stop for some skier Neanderthals every twenty feet.

One frustrating experience that sticks out in my mind happened recently when I picked up speed to nail a jump, hit a nice landing, and then got immediately cut off by a skier who either didn’t look or didn’t care as he roared into and out of my path, causing me to fall as I tried to avoid hitting him.

If he hadn’t sabotaged my fun, I would have continued down on one of the most bodacious runs of my life. Instead, I was on my butt and upset that somebody could be so crass.

During my trip to the mountain on Saturday, one of my roommates and I wanted to take our favorite trails from the top, but one of the two chairs to get there was closed.

Like any reasonable persons would do, we rode the catwalk down to the other chair, where we were told that we wouldn’t be allowed on past the first ride as only skiers would be allowed to use it for the day.

That’s essentially the same as telling riders they are forbidden from the summit. The other chair became available later in the day, but we still had to wait several hours to shred and the skiers didn’t.

I would like to be friends with skiers, but I also want to carve in peace and enjoy the powder to its full extent. Until those on skis can change their image and start acting like decent people, they will continue to be at odds with riders.