IsitWinterYet17Not to mention the Jerries who can't get off the lifts and make your ride take twice as long. That's the best part about lifts that only service mostly black terrain; they run so efficiently because people stay away (e.g. The Jet lift at Jay Peak almost never stops). I thought my brother was gonna lose his shit at Snowbird this year when one lift ride stopped no joke 10 separate times on the way up.
As much as I hate to see people riding outside their ability level, it is entertaining to see some Jerry snowplowing it or just being obviously bad on advanced terrain and having a good ole yardsale (not getting hurt obv).
Does that really happen at western resorts? People riding double blacks who shouldn't? That's like a death wish.
My biggest gripe is people riding outside their ability level and sliding down the mountain on their butt while their snowboard effectively pushes all the powder down the slope, and eventually creating a sheet of ice a couple days or hours later. Same thing with skiers who side slide the whole thing.
It depends on the place, how much advance terrain, and how accessible. Some of the places where there's a ton of it, even the people that do aren't really noticeable. Especially on the gnar stuff.
I was just riding northstar though with my friends. Nothing that steep really, but there's a ton of mellower stuff, slow zones etc. There are 2 lifts that service all the steepest stuff. For some reason the one lift, and area the Backside. is like some weird right of passage. Probably 3/4 of the people at least had no business being off blues, and maybe 10 percent in the line were even decent skiers. I didn't even wait because another lift next to it has similar if not better terrain and had no line.
But the one fucking trail everyone was on is called burnout. It sounds like a fast groomer ripper. Not let me ski 0 miles an hour with my family. I was hauling around though. Getting my high speed surfy turns on, and just ripping around. I won't hit people, but Im sure as fuck not going to slow down so you feel safe. There are a million slow zone trails on the mountain, go hit that shit ya fucks.
I haven't ridden groomers that much recently, but if that's what I'm hitting, I want to rip. It was a super busy day though, wouldn't have ridden but friends came up from south lake and it's fun to ski with freinds you haven't seen in a few weeks.
Yeah for sure, things get skied off regardless, but the noobs on steep shit is just bad. Also on any traverses people going slow as shit or stopped. My on a board, I'm generally cruising and pumping any rollers for speed. When I lose a bunch of speed because I have to go off and around some stupid jerry squad it's annoying.
But yeah, on the steeper gnar terrain at western resorts it's not so bad. People either know not to fuck with it, or they have a bad experience that sends them right back to the green runs haha.