WE DON’T MEAN TO BE ANNOYING!
So Sunday, for a half-hour I was the guy designated to stand at the bottom of High Campbell and warn people of trecherous conditions up top. It was about 1pm, so at least I was able to greet people with "have you been down this yet today?" and wave-on those who were doing laps. Still, I could tell I was irritating some people by even asking just THAT!
This robust, athletic looking guy skis up and says, "It’s dangerous up there! This lift shouldn’t even be open!, and some other angry stuff" before skiing off down Queen’s Run.
A few minutes later a couple old guys on old gear roll up with a big bunch of little kids. They were all hootin’ and hollerin’ about how great Powder Bowl was and how they were luvin’ going ’round & ’round. CMAC (I think) and the Snow Performance program had the same thing going on with a bunch of kids on the Campbell Basin side.
So THIS occurrs to me: When we (Ski Patrol or Safety Patrol) are down there "talking to people", as you roll up to the lift line let us know if you’ve been cycling ’round & ’round and enjoying it. Tell us where you went and how it was. We can pass-on your "trip report" so others can decide if they want to go up, and we won’t take your time up with yet another "talk". Just a thought.
And please, bear with our questions. The number of lift-downloaders who are in over their heads at the top of the lift indicates they’re not paying attention or reading our signs. The consequences if they get by us and start down the mountain could be even worse!