INside the OUTside: Ski dumping grounds at area ski resorts

Skis and poles spread out all over the snow while the owners take a hot chocolate break. Photo by Dan Cassidy

by Dan Cassidy

This has been an up and down year for skiers and riders so far. It began with great snow and weather conditions, then rain and freezing temps made conditions challenging for snowmakers and groomers.

All in all, Maine ski resorts have found ways to make the best snow and the grooming has been about as good as it gets.

I’ve noticed in my travels this season how many skiers and riders seem to just plop their skis, poles and snowboards down on the snow as they head into a lodge for a hot chocolate or a bite to eat.

Skis and snowboards don’t come cheap these days and I’m amazed at just how people seem oblivious as they just walk over and around equipment just abandoned on the snow.

I especially wonder how people who rent skis and poles find them if they’re mixed in with other skier’s and rider’s equipment.

Skiing recently with two colleagues from New York State, they were amazed at seeing the yard-sale appearance of all the equipment just lying around. They told me that equipment is not left around at their ski areas.

I noticed that some skier’s and riders coming in for a break have skied right over skis and poles left on the snow. That not only damages the abandoned skis, but the ones that are skiing over them.

As for the ski racks that are placed nearby, in most cases were more than half empty.

Ski and ride safely. Use your head and don’t forget to wear a helmet.

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