I received a post from Squawlified this morning that accuses me of being Little Miss Sally Sunshine, so in an effort to better balance my image as a man of neutrality, I am dedicating this post to The Dark Side of Rose in the hopes of appeasing his need in my continued tradition of trying to meet the needs of ALL my readers…
His comment: “THIS POST WAS WAY TOO POSITIVE! People want more negativity! If you don’t have anything mean to say, don’t say anything at all.”
To the rest of you I say: “Please don’t kill the messenger on this one… I am merely the conduit through which this negativity flows and there is no particular order.”
…has become way too crowded
…built the Slide Lodge WAAAAAAAAY too small and there is no place to sit on crowded days
…should open the lifts when they are ready… not wait for the clock
…thinks of its most loyal customers as “pass abusers” instead of loyal customers
…should enroll some of its patrollers in hospitality training so that EVERYONE feels welcome as they do by the lift operators
…should require Hunter to wear normal underwear instead of a thong under his holy work pants
..should quit grooming the trail down to Upper Ramsey’s when the run itself is not groomed (read: Japtrap)
…should bring back the Downhill Dummy and Pond Skim, traditions that bring our local skiing community together to enjoy some tomfoolery and explore our creative side
Oh man oh man… sorry Squawlified… I just can’t go on… even I am getting depressed while writing…
The fact is, Rose does a pretty good job in running a ski area that makes most of us pretty damn happy a majority of the time which is why we keep coming back. Although there are differences in the way each of us would run the ski area had we the option, and certainly there is a lot more the area could do in terms of validating and celebrating the local ski community at Rose, compared to every other local ski area, they are stellar at providing an amazing ski experience. Which is why we keep coming back.
Thanks to everyone in every department, from Rosebuds to Maintenance, from parking to patrol in making this mountain one which we all love. Maybe not perfect… but perfectly enjoyable.