Oh totally, It gets really annoying and it's a crappy part of the job to have to constantly tell tourists to please leave a park, that they are putting their kid in danger and everyone else in danger only to get yelled at and told to bugger off, but in different words. Which in turn, and i'm sure people have seen me towards the ends of weekends, makes the park staff very irritable and not in a good mood. But, it's part of the job. and until we close off the run and include a pass system for that run, we can't really do too much about it other than telling them a hundred times. But it's just as frustrating to have people cutting ropes to closed parks. We had a bunch of people duck into joneseys last season, closed, with patrol standing at the top. I'm going to make a blog about this subject too, it's completely different here than it was at meadows. the atmosphere there was complete non anger, no one bagged on anyone else everyone was stoked to see everyone else (skier, snowboarder and yes, snowblader too....) ride. Here it's the opposite where there is alot of hostility and anger and people not playing the team game. So I would like that to end this year but that's going to go over as well as vodka at a church dance.
Lets see. what else. oh ya. There are a few things to remember about the runs we have for the parks. Joneseys is the only non black way other than muckers and the cat track to get to the bottom of bonanza. and it was a good powder run for people. So by us taking it away, people are bitter about that or still like to ski that run. the same goes for Kings Crown, it used to be a good cruiser because of it's pitch the entire run. So there are still people that come down there to cruise. Until we park pass those runs we can't do a whole lot about it because by entering that park you consent to have read the sign and everything that comes with it. which I doubt anyone does.
ummm, your welcome, I enjoy this side of the job. My whole goal is to inform people. they seem to be alot less hostile if they know what is going on on-hill. So that's why i'm on here. If I didn't enjoy it, I would have left newschoolers a while ago because the bickering on here is ridiculous these days:) There are also a few new ways of getting mountain information we are working on. I am going to sit down with the web dude Eric this week and try to get those things up and running soon. I'll let you know more about those later.
About the insurance. I get discouraged easily, a bad trait to have. The talks we've had with the insurance cover alot of our internal workings that I can't go into. We are pretty much saying bye to the normal way everyone is used to running a park and it's flipped 180 degrees on us. But saying that, it's still fun to be on the hill every day and it's just more paperwork and meetings. As far as on hill things go, we haven't had that meeting yet and it's looking like sometime in december when it will happen. Whether or not it's a good news bad news meeting I don't know but when i'm not freaking out about the industry being ruined by people that have no right to be in that park anyway, I think things won't change a whole lot. We'll see and when we do have that meeting i'll give a summary of what I can. It's hard trying to blog and such, because of the fine line of things that can be said that I may or may not be allowed to say, or may or may not get fired for. So if i seem like i'm not answering something fully, it's not because i'm trying to be an ass, it's because i'm trying not to cross that boundary.
Aaaaand I think that did it for questions this round...
I'll have a new blog up tonight, or because it's already 9 and I still have 10 loads of laundry left, it might be tomorrow night. either way, check it out sometime this week. It will have alot of information about the freestyle initiative we use, the NSAA smart style program as well as some information about safety patrol and those runs that are designated slow zones. There will also be some videos, if I can find them, that the NSAA puts out. If you guys can watch them and make it through the corny safety videos that would just educate everyone on what the industry uses for their safety programs.
Also, the new pcride site has an area that you can post your own pictures, as well the main site has an area that you can submit to have it as the photo of the day. no more waiting around for me to take your photo or me calling frantically at 330 saying i need to get a photo of the day. Which actually worked out well most of the time last year. Also, if you sign up on the I Ride Park City page, it will show you the teaser to the new movie coming out next year. And before any of the questions, yes there will be a ski movie too along with the snowboard and Jim is pushing for the ski teaser hopefully early on this season.