As long as skiers and snowboarders have to share the same mountains, they will beef with each other. It’s an ageless feud, like the Grangerfords vs. Shepherdsons or baseball players vs. lacrosse players.
Two plankers can be pretentious about the overall superior of gliding across the snow on skis, while snowboarders shred with the hip smugness of freebasing Monster Energy drinks into your vein. Both are full of loathsome white people stereotypes.
The great skier vs. snowboarder war escalated to new frontiers on a chairlift in Aspen this past Sunday. According to the Aspen Times, the incident happened around 9:30 a.m, after a couple rides in fresh pow from a dumping the night before. A skier described as “a white man in his late 20s or early 30s” got mad when a snowboarder sitting next to him made a “seemingly innocuous comment.” The two were making small-talk (as one does when skiing/snowboarding alone) on the lift about the fresh powder. The boarder told the skier, presumably in jest, that it was easily to get “face shots” on skis than on a snowboarder.
“To get tits-deep pow shots you just need to be on your edges.”
After that comment, the angry skier threw the man off the Lodge Peak chairlift mid-ride. Fortunely, the boarder landed face-first in fluffy pile of powder. The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office is now investigating the incident. Via the Aspen Times:
“I think the guy was maybe on drugs,” Beckton said. “Maybe he was partying the night before and maybe he was tweaking out on something and he did that.”
Still, he said he’s happy to be in one piece.
“I’m completely fine,” Beckton said. “Fortunately, I was really lucky.”
Here’s how he describes the incident on Facebook: