A part from the occasional young snowboarder chilling in the landing waiting to get decapitated (where i get all pissed for a while and then tell him it's cool, whatever, thank god no one got hurt), i witnessed a pretty saddening and shocking fight at my mountain:
A crew of say 4 g looking snowboarders and 1 skier (who i didn't know, but he was steezy af and had a butter game i've rarely seen matched in person) were cruising near the park on the last sunday of big french winter holidays (when typically locals would go up because there's barely anyone on the piste). These 2 kids around 13-16 max (who both had twin tips, non baggy clothes) were filming with a go pro and getting some 3s and alright tricks on boxes. They were following the line of the park. The crew was jibbing around, kinda cutting in-between features and happen to overtake the 2 kids and ended up jumping a lip to the side of a small landing. the kids take the jump at that time and land pretty close to the skier and one snowboarder. Wasn't the kids fault at all, maybe they could have seen the crew cutting in, but not their fault. Crew really should of checked before cutting. They get scared, fall, apologise and ski off. the crew gets all pissed (btw crew was composed only of 20 yr old or older) chases them and stop them at a flat zone. I got pretty close at that point so heard everything: a quite drunk or high enough to be aggressive af snowboarder takes his board off and rants at the kids and insults them for cutting them off and following them from the start with their stupid ass go pro. Kids respond that they didn't do shit, and that they'l just be on their way, not even insulting back. Then boarder is all like don't you fucking ski away when i'm talking to you, you think you can show me this little respect, you wanna fight bitch and all. I'm about to go talk some sense into the skier, who happens to be of a very similar style of clothing (baggy inspired :D, I'm thinking he'd listen up) when he gets to the kids, tells them that they better never come back to the park for cutting him up and almost injuring him. older kid tells him he wasn't in the wrong, but still apologises for it, and starts to ski away. Skier then whacks the shit out of the kid with his pole, snowboarder comes in and start punching the other kid who's probably 14 max. they manage to ski away pretty quick but the older guy must have taken at least 5 or 6 pole hits (and he was hitting fucking hard). I tried to chase the 2 kids and ask if they were alright but they beat me to the next gondola and probably took off as far as they could. I regret not going to the crew to at least get some names, but tbh i was alone and got pretty scared by the violence of the skier. One thing's sure though, if I ever see him again i'll round up some friends and take a shit in his helmet or destroy his skis (i don't think physical violence for physical violence is ever the best solution).
TL;DR: crew of boarders and a steezy freeskier end up pole whacking 2 kids who did nothing wrong and even apologised to them.
Gotta say the whole thing made me feel so sick, couldn't believe someone who loves the same shit as me and is even dam good doing it could do something like this, especially to 2 defenceless kids who strive to become as good as people like him. So wrong on so many levels
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