I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to read Kim’s previous entries CLOSURE POACHING on March 30th and RESPONSE TO COMMENTS ABOUT CLOSURES on April 1st, but if you haven’t, this will make more sense if you take a moment to do so now. (dum-dee-dum-dee-dum)
After repeated unfortunate encounters with guests not exercising common sense, we’ve come to the conclusion we need to amp-up our enforcement of terrain closures and penalties for violators. This isn’t anybody’s favorite part of the job, but after this past week or so, we all want to make sure we’re sending a clear message to people whose actions put us, and others, in danger!
Line-duckers we catch will lose the privilege of entering Boyne USA resorts like Alpental, Brighton, and Big Sky, as well as Crystal, for the rest of this season for sure, and possibly some of next season. That’s for a 1st offense. People we’ve caught before should plan on getting trespassed, and dealing with a Sheriff anytime they return. And the way we’re feeling now, there’s very little to discourage us from sharing names and photos with our buddies at White Pass, Steven’s Pass, Whistler/Blackcomb, Mt. Baker, Mount Hood, etc.
What I’m trying to convey here, is that we’re serious! From my own selfish point of view, I need to be able to come to work each day with some measure of confidence that I won’t be blamed for blowing up or burying someone who skis/boards in under an explosive charge I’ve deployed. Poachers always claim "I’d never sue for anything like that", but I know from experience that the kinds of people who don’t respect ski area closures come from the kinds of families that certainly WILL find someone else to blame for the bonehead decisions of their injured or perished loved-one.
We LIKE to get terrain open quickly. We enjoy seeing our hard work result in our customers having fun, and skiers and boarders tracks help mitigate future avalanche hazard. Yesterday, we "cut it close" when we opened Northway. The sun was coming out and we wanted to get track compaction into the avalanche starting zones before the warmth of radiation caused post-control releases.
So the 4 poachers who ducked into Paradise only a couple minutes ahead of the ropes being dropped were lucky they didn’t head slightly to the left into the path of our lit shots. The scary thing was that the dumb girl (with the 3 dumb guys) didn’t even really understand that it was a close call.
OK, sorry to be a downer! Back to happy skiing and riding stuff!