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To queue or not to queue

 Poster: A snowHead
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Queuing seems to work perfectly well in theme parks across Europe, such as Disneyland Paris and Universal Mediterranea. It all comes down to the willingness of the resort operator to set up proper queuing areas and enforce the rules.

But I find the European approach suits me quite well. If you spend a few moments of your life observing queue dynamics, you can work out exactly where to join the throng if you want to minimise your wait time. Much better than joining the end of the queue with other people.

I think that crowded pistes are more of a problem than crowded lifts. Every empty seat on a chair lift means one less idiot who's about to stop without warning on the fastest part of the slope.
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Jonny Jones wrote:
Every empty seat on a chair lift means one less idiot who's about to stop without warning on the fastest part of the slope.
This is a common misconception and one of the principle reasons for accidents on piste. Although users should not intentionally stop in the middle of a piste, especially in narrow passages or where they cannot be seen such as under a rise (FIS rule 6), this does happen unintentionally at times as well (a fall, etc).
The responsibility is therefore ENTIRELY on the skier coming from above/behind to allow for this eventuality (FIS rules 2, 3 & 4). The "idiot" is the skier/boarder that thinks everyone should get out of his way!
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
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This is a common misconception and one of the principle reasons for accidents on piste


I've got no misconceptions about the rule, I've never hit anyone from behind and I don't think everyone should get out of my way. I was describing the heart-sinking feeling that I get when I arrive at the part of a run where I'm desperate to let rip and I see a huge crocodile of beginners hesitantly picking their way across. I'm miserable because I have to go slowly and responsibly, assume they're all idiots and give them space, not because I've just hit one of them.

Crowded pistes take the fun out of skiing. When resorts replace old, slow lifts with modern, high capacity equipment, they need to make sure that they have sufficient downhill capacity too. This doesn't always happen.
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Jonny Jones, That's fine Jenny, but you did describe someone stopping without warning in front of you as an idiot, and it's a fact that this can happen unintentionally. Hence the onus being on the uphill skier to take care. And beginners are usually on the lower slopes, the resort approaches - there are plenty of places to ski where beginners are nowhere to be seen. The fact remains that collisions are mostly caused by agressive skiers, frequently skiing beyond their ability and ignoring the rules, close to resort. Why "assume they're all idiots", these poor beginners? You were one once!
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 Anyway, snowHeads is much more fun if you do.
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I assume they're all idiots because it makes me feel better. It's nothing personal - I ski with three young kids and they get in everyone's way when they're ploughing down the slopes.

You'd probably assume I was an idiot, too, if you saw me skiing - I don't have the good fortune to live near the slopes like you do snowHead
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