Making up, breaking up on the slopes |

Making up, breaking up on the slopes

Tamara Miller
Shane Macomber/Vail Daily"Robot" - as this man likes to call himself - said his ex-girlfriend is by far the worst person to hang out with on the slopes.

BEAVER CREEK – They call him “grandmother” even though he’s a little young for the moniker, not to mention the wrong gender.”He’s always wanting us to fix his gloves, pick up his poles,” said Carol Curtis, of Avon.”He’ll say ‘I need to go to the bathroom’ even though we just all went,” said Kim Morwood, also of Avon.”Grandmother” wasn’t skiing with the group Saturday, which made it all the easier for them to voice their complaints. “We like skiing with him,” Morwood added. “Really, we do.”Skiing and snowboarding are largely considered social sports – a way of spending quality time with a loved one, to seal a business deal, or as an excuse to get together with friends.And, sometimes your companions on the slope can make a good day better. But not always.Band of brothers

Brothers Mike and Joe Funero – the former from Colorado Springs and the latter from some place in Connecticut – admit they prefer packed powder conditions and fast groomers to the other stuff. They’ll ski with just about anyone, as long as they can keep up. “We wait for them at the bottom,” Joe said. “Then we drag them down stuff they shouldn’t be on.”It’s really all the two know how to do.”Because that’s what happened to us,” Joe said. “We were 3 and 4 years old.””That would have been our father,” Mike said. “He’s probably dragging someone else down stuff they shouldn’t be on as we speak.”Alone time

Jennifer Busch and Jon Buchli are longtime friends. Or lovers. Or enemies. We’re not sure. Busch – “spelled like the beer, not like the president” – is from Denver and Buchli is from North Dakota. Despite the distance, the two came together to ski Saturday at Beaver Creek. And then the fighting began.”I’m better than him,” Busch said. “I’m more of a risk taker.”And you, sir?”I’m more cautious,” Buchli said at first. Later, he added. “I like the halfpipe. I like to ski ghost town.”Recognizing their differences – particularly Buchli’s – the duo usually only ski in the same vicinity for the first two hours. Then they split up. “Absolutely, we’re married,” Buchli said. “No, we’re betrothed to each other. Or at least our parents want us to be.”Busch promptly skied away.

Let’s hear it for “Robot”Life is full of metaphors. The trees are like human personalities, some are hard, others are leafy. A ski resort is no different.A man who calls himself “Robot” told a somber tale of his on-again, off-again relationship with a woman. His ex-girlfriend is the worst person to snowboard with, he said. But it goes deeper than that.”Whenever we go out together we stay along Chair 2,” he said, referring to a beginners and intermediate area of Vail Mountain. “It’s so boring. She won’t go to the terrain park.”But she does rip it up, but she only does it with her friends,” Robot said. “She says I would laugh.”And you know what? “Hell, yes I would,” he said, with a chuckle.

Staff Writer Tamara Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 607, or Vail, Colorado

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