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has anyone out there ever had a negative encounter with them that resulted in any serious repercussions beyond losing your pass?
what if they tell you to stop and you run? me and my friend were going kinda fast at copper last year and a ski patrol told us to stop, but i knew he was gonna clip our pas or something so we just ran. can you get in any serious trouble or what?
Fact: They have zero legal authority
They are enforcing the mountain/resort's laws, not legal law. It's sort of like a casino, they can kick you out of their establishment but that's about it. Unless of course you refuse to leave, then they can bring in the cops.
this reminds me of this time where some gaper wanted to fight me because of a stupid reason and a patroler came up the lift with a stick all ready to fight haha
Ski Patolers are generally pretty nice people. One time I dropped one of my Sick Stickz off of the lift at Keystone and I had to duck a rope to ski down a beautiful powdery tree run to rescue my pole and when I found it under the lift a patroll woman was on the lift and started screaming at me and telling me to stay there so she could take my pass. We were only like 3 towers up from the bottom so I told her I would be right there waiting 10 minute for her and then I skied away chuckling. I think it all depends on the resort and how chill the people are there.
if you have a pass and you have used the lift at anytime that day they CAN kick you off the mountain. Its national forest until you use the lifts or anything, even the restrooms. you cant go inbounds then out of bounds. they lease the land for 99 years at a time from the natonal forest. During the time that the resort is open its theres and they are responsable for you. So yes they can kick you off the mountain and if youdont leave they call the cops for trusspassing.
I think its different in each state. theres not a speed limit, but they can get you for skiing out of control.