Originally Posted by caseybailey
As a parent, your kids are your responsibility...they are not the responsibility of the people who are going 200 mph on a cat track. Obviously, you see the danger and now, as a responsible parent, you should avoid taking your child into the dangerous situation or accept the risks.
To take to the buzz and think this will rectify the situation is unrealistic. Put your kids safety first and your job as unofficial ski patrol/policeman second.
Actually, the buzz (snowriders) is probably an ideal forum to discuss snow riding issues in our local society. The entire point of a forum is to discuss everything in and around the sports of skiing and snowboarding. If more people were aware that this is an issue, it might not be an issue. Just because you feel that everyone in Colorado already knows that people riding too fast is an issue doesn't mean that we should then tell the youth that, "hey, skiing is great, but since I have to let you risk your life to participate then you can't, because in order to be a responsible parent I have to keep you away from uncontrollable risks."
Plenty of us enjoy riding fast. As a knuckle dragger that hates getting stuck on cat tracks, I understand the need to maintain speed, and have pissed off or scared more than a few people over the years. When it comes to speed enforcement, most patrollers can tell the difference between someone hauling ass at the edge of their ability, and someone hauling ass that is in complete control and could stop quickly. As a parent, I get a bit nervous when people go hauling ass by my daughter, but just as concerning and problematic is when my daughter gets nervous and starts making wider turns than others. I've spent plenty of time riding behind her as a blocker from all of the crazies. In short, people that ride out of control are assholes that put others in risk. People that ride in control can and do occasionally get in the way, or haul ass by you, but they are taking the responsibility of being in control, and for that it's worth just chilling out and sharing. More parents could use some time in the hut.
The mountain resident vs front range is hilarious shit talking at times, and at other times people are complete assholes. Max was the man, and thus was thoroughly enjoying his job and time on the front range when he authored GoBackToTheFrontRange . com to make fun of gapers and yuppies and anyone else who thought they were cool. I'm more native and local to Colorado than the majority of you mountain folk (admittedly I spent a year of elementary school in Farmington, NM, so you might have me beat). I live in downtown Denver because its a great city to live in and I like some aspects of city life. I dig the outdoors and sports so much that I recreate in the mountains all of the time and clog up I-70 every weekend during the winter. This winter I plan on parking my POS ski van (yeah bitches) in front of your summit county condo like I own the place, and it will be even more obvious that I'm not as local as you, just sicker. And proud to represent from Colorado and Denver. See you in the lift line.