Vail skiers talk about sharing the slopes |

Vail skiers talk about sharing the slopes

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Skier Justin Wise hates it when other skiers walk around with their skis over their shoulders, completely unaware of the tens of people they’re nearly decapitating along the way.

Skiers and snowboarders have more than a love for snow in common – they also share many pet peeves about each other. While some snowboarders seem to hate the things only skiers do and vice versa, some have complaints about their own kind, too.

“(My pet peeve is) people standing and stopping in blind spots,” said snowboarder Paul Killino, of Edwards.

Rob Brown, a skier from Denver, hates it when people pass too closely – he wants a little space when he’s skiing. His friend, Robert Vaught, of Vail, said he doesn’t like getting “skimmed” by people skiing or riding too close to him.

People of all ability levels try to share space and get down without hurting themselves or others. Many of the people interviewed for this story were generally accepting of the alternate discipline because of a common love for the mountain, though. They just want people – skiers and riders alike – to be respectful of everyone on the mountain.

“I get along with everyone,” said skier-turned-snowboarder Bill Buhmann, of Chicago. “Some of the young kids are still a little reckless, though.”

Robert Blair Crew III said younger snowboarders get a bad rap – a few bad seeds shouldn’t ruin it for the rest of them.

“I think the older generation has a negative connotation of who we are and just because we have a different kind of sled,”Crew said.

It’s the snowboarders who ride really fast that scare other riders and skiers like Andy Krosnowski, of Falls Church, Va. He enjoys skiing without constantly looking over his shoulder, he said.

“Some of the more adventurous snowboarders will come up behind you and you’re just hoping your number is not up,” Krosnowski said.

Beginners like Steve Preissig and his girlfriend Holly Payne, both of Atlanta, also get a little freaked out by those buzzing by them, too. They say they have to traverse a lot more when they’re on steeper hills because they’re still learning how to ski.

“People don’t keep their distance,” Preissig said.

But skier Nick Hayes, of Chicago, just wishes people wouldn’t do exactly that – he likes to head down the mountain, not across it. He has to turn a lot more than he’d like to when people ski across the mountain and take wide turns, he said.

All in all, skiers and riders said they just want people to pay attention, stay aware of their surroundings and enjoy the mountain.

“We just love making turns,” said Tom Fontana, of St. Paul, Minn.

Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or

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