More unspoken rules of the mountain:

Back in October I posted a blog called 10 Cultural Faux Pas of Skiing and Snowboarding, a collection of unspoken rules about riding, or what you should and should not do as compiled from the office.

The list included skiers and snowboarders pet peeves or general social norms of riding, and we got such an overwhelming response from our readers on more cultural faux pas. So, iI figured it was time for another 10, and here they are:

1. Running over the front or back of someone’s skis or boarding while in the lift line. Watch your gear.

2. Walking on rental skis on anything but snow, aka the sidewalk, pavement ect.

3. Skiing terrain way above your skill set. This mostly applies to newbies sliding in trees/powder and advanced trails and ruining the snow.

4. Not saying thank you to the lifties. These guys are out in the cold all day watching you shred the gnar they want to be on. At least say thanks.

5. If someone is new or learning how to snowboard, give them the chairlift seat on the end. It’s easier to get on and off the lift from the ends.

6. Hanging around at a cafeteria table long after your done when other people are desperately looking for a seat with their tray in hand.

7. Barreling into the lift line at full speed.

8. The gaper gap. For those of you who don’t know, the gaper gap is any space between your helmet and goggles. The acceptable amount of space between these two items is none.

9. Stopping on the hill under a roller or lip. That’s straight dangerous.

10. Ski pants tucked into boots. It just looks ridiculous.

As always, we are open to disagreements or additions in the comments below. Maybe yours will be featured in the next installment of skiing and snowboarding’s cultural faux pas!

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4 Comments on 10 More Cultural Faux Pas of Skiing and Snowboarding

  1. Thom
    February 20, 2015 at 8:52 am (8 years ago)

    After working in a resort rental shop I appreciate #2 a bit too much. People tended to treat the “rental ski insurance” as a license to destroy there equipment. Numerous times people walked, across a sizable plaza, into the shop in their skis…

  2. Jessica
    February 22, 2015 at 9:09 pm (8 years ago)

    I disagree with the skiing above your skill set. How are you to improve if you don’t challenge yourself? But yes ruining the snow I can see how that’s frustrating for others.

  3. LeBeau
    February 23, 2015 at 6:13 pm (8 years ago)

    Go for it and ski above your skill set. Either you’ll get better, or you’ll have a horrible time and won’t make the same mistake again. Nobody owns the snow.

    Really, why a fashion statement?? Sometimes a helmet fits and the goggles don’t, especially if one has a really small head. Ski equipment is expensive. If you get a bargain and it works, don’t worry about the little gap. While it’s cold to have that gap between one’s goggles and helmet, it can be fixed with a balaclava. Who truly cares about the gap anyway?


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