Patrollers Suspended at Red

From the days of Olaus Jeldness and his Tea Parties culminating in a drunken Chinese downhill, to creek jumping on mushrooms, good times and community at Red Mountain have always been celebrated with a devil may care bacchinalian spirit.

Unfortunately a puritanical and risk averse mindset seems to dominate amongst current management, and they’re stamping out uncontrolled revelry wherever they find it. In the most recent incident, ski patrollers were suspended for 2 weeks, for the heinous crime (sic) of drinking beer after work (not on licensed premises).

This action can be seen as part of a continuum, in which so many of the traditional and unique skier community celebrations: Turkey Roast, Lifty’s Challenge, Creek Jump, beers at Cirrhosis Point, Terminal Day snowballs, and nude skiing, have been eliminated.

It’s not as though the latest crew in charge have anything personal against indulging in the pleasures of vice, I’m sure they enjoy a beer after work as much as anyone, but their record betrays a over-reaching need for control. As though by forcing people to conform to their sterile vision, they can somehow compensate for the vagaries of the weather, the economy, and of life itself.

Can you love people and lead them without imposing your will?

Can you deal with the most vital matters by letting events take their course?

Can you step back from your own mind and thus understand all things?”

-Lao Tzu.

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