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    Not another run-in with ski patrol...Blue 3/8...hero snow..empty

    Hey All,



    I'll let others cover the ski conditions..but it definitely turned into hero snow this afternoon and I skied at Blue mountain for a total of 30 runs and 5+ hours..after the snow softened to buttery corn..I had some of my best non powder turns of the season...I freaking love hero snow and today was awesome..I skied with NazarethSkier, Root, Toast, and some jibhonks were in the house.

    Due to early morning showers and the time change..the mountain was dead..no liftlines at all and often times there were alot of completely empty chairs going up. Around Noon..Root went down Paradise and I went down Challenge..Halfway down there was a ski patroller skiing on the right side and I skied by on the left side..a full 20+ feet away..I checked my speed before the falls as I always do and waited at the bottom for Root. Well about 15 seconds later the patroller I passed looked at me like I was an alien..all funny and with a tilted head. The conversation went like this..

    SP: Do you know how fast you were going down Challenge
    GSS: Probably about 60
    SP: That's insane if you hit a tree you could die
    GSS: Isn't Challenge a Double Diamond..extremely difficult run for experts only
    SP: Yes but you shouldn't ski that fast
    GSS: Mark Miller and Johann Buckley said I can ski as fast as I want as long as it's not on Burma or Paradise
    SP: Well I'm only saying it for your safety
    GSS: If you are so safety conscience than why aren't you wearing a helmet
    SP: It's my choice what I put on my head.
    GSS: But you should set an example

    Then I got on the lift with the patroller..Root was on the chair behind but may have got some audio on his camera..Anyway we argued back and forth the entire lift ride..and I kept bluntly saying...Joel, I have been skiing for 20 years....Joel is there a slow skiing sign on Challenge..Joel I am aware of other skiers and riders..and he was bringing kids into it...By the top he was pretty tense..but then he got on the lift with me and Root again and he sort of apoligized and shook my hand..then I went back into it again...but there was no sense reasoning with him. I wasn't even going to post his name until the following event occured about an hour later.

    Root and I decided to ski a final run down Paradise..it turned out that Joel and another Patroller were doing speed control on a empty and I mean empty..like crickets chirping and shit..almost eerie Paradise..maybe 5 people top to bottom..so I went really slow by the patrollers and on the bottom section I opened it up a bit..not hauling but I would say cruising speed appropriate for a 80 yard wide run...I didn't even know we were being chased...So me and Root took off our boots and then the two ski patrollers said to stop and we both said..."We're leaving"..Joel..asked..you got my name earlier, I forgot your..and I said my name was Juan..that got him a little steamed and Root told the patroller inches away not to touch him. So I walked to my car..I was followed by the other patroller who threatened to call the State Trooper..for what??? But anyway I ended up driving home in my ski boots but I still think the patroller got me and Roots plate #'s. I did nothing wrong today...nothing at all. It was a great day..the liftees were friendly, security/ski check were friendly, the patrons were happy and 95% of the ski patrollers were lapping up the wonderful spring snow..but seriously...fast skiing on Challenge..and threatening to call the cops for skiing Paradise at way less than cruising speed.

    I really enjoy skiing at Blue..it's close to where I live, the lifts are fast, snowmaking is good and I happily fork over $500 to ski there each season. When relatives visit I take them to Blue, I help organize www.paskiandride.com days at Blue...and people on www.alpinezone.com have tried out Blue for the first time because I like the mountain so much...but..I'm embarrassed for the management to allow the ski patrollers to rule with an iron fist..it's rediculous. I have skied all over North America and never had issues with the ski patrollers.

    Just one more thing that I will add...over on the TruTV message boards a Firefighter and Paramedic wrote the following..

    http://boards.trutv.com/showthread.php?t=1613

    As a FireMedic (Firefighter and Paramedic), avid skier, and past ski patroller, I was excited about the show when I first heard about it. I watched the first few episodes at Crystal Mountain and was impressed with the show. When the switched over to Blue Mountain, the differences were obvious. The lack of professionalism of the Blue Mountain Patrol is glaring. Even ignoring their overzealous medical care, their whole attitude incredibly elitist and self-serving. It's clear that they get off on enforcement and have some need to feel special. The tickets are just ridiculous, if you have someone causing trouble, punch their pass, or pull it, but a ticket, what egomania. The whistle really throws it over the edge, I've seen it used to escort a toboggan down, but playing cops & robbers with a whistle as a siren. Why don't they get some flashing lights for their helmets? Ski Patrol, is about helping people, keeping the mountain safe, and enjoying your free season pass. Don't get me wrong, some of the patrollers seem like really good-hearted people, but the guy in charge is obviously setting a negative tone. You wouldn't find me skiing at Blue Mountain.

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    Thanks GSS, i do enjoy reading your TRs.
    shit happens, wear a helmet.

    2018/19
    Breck - 12/2 12/22 12/23 1/5 1/6 2/9 3/10
    Taos - 1/26
    Keystone - 2/24
    Crested Butte - 3/25 3/26 3/27

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcunni View Post
    Thanks GSS, i do enjoy reading your TRs.
    Do you think my pass will scan tomorrow???

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrilledSteezeSandwich View Post
    Do you think my pass will scan tomorrow???
    yeah, i bet it works. I'll be waiting for the TR to confirm
    shit happens, wear a helmet.

    2018/19
    Breck - 12/2 12/22 12/23 1/5 1/6 2/9 3/10
    Taos - 1/26
    Keystone - 2/24
    Crested Butte - 3/25 3/26 3/27

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcunni View Post
    yeah, i bet it works. I'll be waiting for the TR to confirm
    It's not funny to me...I'm upset..skiing today was awesome but the ski patrollers really shit on my day..

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    Well I got into a far less intense altercation with a patroller on Thursday at Blue. The patroller said I bombed the top of paradise, but he was skiing Razors, so he straight up lying. When he asked to see my pass at the bottom, I showed him it, but covered my name. He kept saying let me see your pass. Until he shows me his PA State police ID card, and his PSP badge, he's not going to ID me with his attitude. The next day, my pass didn't scan! The incident happened on Thursday afternoon. I finally get my pass back on monday.

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    I've not skied in PA but I did watch every episode of that crappy Ski Patrol show; it was about ski resorts, I couldn't help myself.

    Blue Mountain seems insanely crowded but I will say I've skied resorts in Maine, NH, VT, Washington, California, Utah, and British Columbia and I have never, ever seen a patroller blowing a whistle at speeding skiers, or giving tickets. No patroller has ever hassled me.

    You might be right on this one.

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    Reading your trail reports made me want to ski at Blue. Then I saw that T.V. show and I could not agree more with that post from the fire-medic guy. They seem a little over the top. Maybe you can talk to managment about the culture that the patrol is operating under.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Sullivan View Post
    Reading your trail reports made me want to ski at Blue. Then I saw that T.V. show and I could not agree more with that post from the fire-medic guy. They seem a little over the top. Maybe you can talk to managment about the culture that the patrol is operating under.
    I will be...the thing is that I had Root as my witness. I am embarrassed for Blue at the way a few ski patrollers treat some of their most loyal skiers and riders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Sullivan View Post
    Reading your trail reports made me want to ski at Blue. Then I saw that T.V. show and I could not agree more with that post from the fire-medic guy. They seem a little over the top. Maybe you can talk to managment about the culture that the patrol is operating under.
    I was wondering the converse. Perhaps management is imposing the culture upon patrol? The fact that it's fairly pervasive suggests there's not just one or two Barneys.

    It's possible management wants them to crack down specifically for congestion reasons, but perhaps they are not given discretion to let it slide when conditions permit.
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