Friday, January 13, 2006

Forget smoking, what about getting piste?

You may have read in the Gazette about how Eagle County, home to Vail and Beaver Creek ski resorts, has decided to ban smoking on ski lifts. Of course, the Gazette's opinion page editorialized against it (this could be predicted purely on ideological grounds) and others wrote in to defend it.

But all is quiet on the skiing drunk front. Every resort in Colorado serves beer. Many serve wine. And this isn't just a end-of-the-day apres-ski. This is during-ski. This is on the mountain. Crested Butte has a mid-mountain bar made out of ice where attractive young women will serve you vodka shooters. You don't have to work hard to get wasted in a spot where you still have to ski down.

American ski resorts don't track how many "Ski U. I.'s" they have, or how many injuries they lead to. But a British study showed a third of all accident victims on U.K. slopes had been drinking.
O.K. sure, gentle British slopes might demand a little booze to make them more challenging, and the country has no shortage of drunken yobs. But this all begs the question: what are we thinking serving alcohol on the mountain?

Seems like a very bad idea. Almost akin to drive-thru daquari joints. We blogged on this a week or so ago and it was a snoozer. No one else seemed to care. We got exactly zero responses.

So, does anyone care? Am I just being a big baby about all of this?


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