Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Only weenies race greenies

    Sun Valley has created a great intermediate area on Seattle Ridge. Unfortunately, that didn’t help a friend of mine a few weeks ago.
    He’s mid-70s, been skiing longer than most have been alive and was enjoying himself on Seattle Ridge. When he finally woke up in a Boise hospital, he didn’t even know who or what hit him. He was lucky and tough: with a few cracked ribs, a “brain bleed” and severe concussion, he’s already back on Baldy. But, that is not true for a lot of people. Many have found “better” things to do, and that is too bad for everybody.
    So why doesn’t Sun Valley enforce their great “slow” area? I’ve heard it all! 1) Can’t catch them? Wait, there’s only two ways out of Seattle Ridge and a quick call to the lifts has the hot-shot waiting. 2) Can’t prove it? Those little sports radar guns are about $100. 3) Guys will get radar detectors. Love it! 4) It wouldn’t stick? Do like the cops: first time a warning, second time pull the pass. 5) It will kill business? Wrong, a lot of my friends will come back to Baldy. 6) Speed is Sun Valley culture? Love that too. But, let’s see it where it counts: Limelight and the Bowls come to mind. Only weenies race greenies.
Wayne Martin


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