I went skiing at Blue Mountain yesterday. Arrived to find a lot more people on the slopes than usual for the day of the week. With considerable dismay, discovered this was a university “reading” week crowd. It spoiled the evening for me. The reasons, in increasing level of significance, were:
3) Lineups of snowboarders.
Snowboarders are different than you and me. While riding the lift, I do occasionally admiringly observe a solo boarder carving sinuous, artistic lines down the slopes. But these solo guys are rare, probably some kind of mutants of the breed that typically:
1) Skis in packs;
2) Congregates at and clogs access points;
3) Races in and out of each other’s (and everybody else’s) lines; and
4) Exhibits obliviousness to any inconvenience it causes.
I’ve been skiing a long time. I ski carefully. The ONLY collisions I’ve ever had were two boarders running into the back of me. Yesterday, one rode over my ski tails; another forced me to take evasive action into the woods. That’s in less than two hours.
I grudgingly packed up and left. Reading week will end. The crowds with thin out. And for a while yet, I’ll be able to just enjoy the slopes in curmudgeonly solitude. Like I said, I’m spoiled.