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The great­est gift Pow­der has pro­vided over the years is a sense of com­mu­nity. Be­yond all the phe­nom­e­nal pho­tos and im­mer­sive sto­ries, it’s the sense of a con­nected com­mu­nity that sets ski­ing apart from a mere group of in­di­vid­ual con­sumers on some stupid so­cial plat­form. This sense of com­mu­nity has al­ways been at the core of ski­ing cul­ture.

Now, con­trast this with vir­tu­ally ev­ery skier’s ex­pe­ri­ence on the few over­crowded runs in Sum­mit County due to 30-year drought con­di­tions, or those at Whistler, get­ting con­tin­u­ously blasted by the lo­cal broskimians fly­ing within inches of you and your 5-year-old daugh­ter to nail a small kicker on the cat track.

Ap­par­ently, we all need a re­minder to put down the so­cial app and not act like a jack­ass on the slopes. In­stead, act grown up, set an ex­am­ple by fol­low­ing the Re­spon­si­bil­ity Code, and show some re­spect to the rest of the com­mu­nity. The same ap­plies to driv­ing on I-70.

Chet Walker

Golden, Colorado

We agree that no one should ski reck­lessly around chil­dren, but act­ing too grown up on skis is a good way of ask­ing to get sprayed in the face. –Ed.

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