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December 20, 2013

Caution: Serpents and monsters lurk on area ski slopes


It was hard to believe that so many of those evil serpents could inhabit one ski area, but they were always there. They seemed to be more abundant on the steeper parts of the mountain where we were riding that thin line of being in control and out of it. That’s when they seemed to attack the most.

But now a new creature lurks in the trees. It seems to be most prevalent in areas where the snow-making guns blast across the trails. The snow piles up against the trees and brush, and creates the evil creatures just waiting for the unsuspecting skier.

Actually, I find these snow monsters quite beneficial. The young kids who snowboard on the mountains go at blazing speeds. They go up on the banks of the trails and do all those fancy spins and turns. They seem to have it figured out. But there are boarders who cut you off and race by you like there is no tomorrow. Those are the ones who fall victim to the new monsters of the slopes.

These boarders head out into the glades, going around trees and over rocks and cliffs. But the snow monsters lie and wait. They watch these gangs of boarders and seem to gobble them up for hours on end.

I used to fear the snow snakes, but now I welcome the free-formed snow on weathered trees. The snow guns pile up new man-made snow sometimes faster than nature can bring it. If a few boarders are sacrificed to these monsters, so be it.

I watched a couple of kids Monday drop in behind a sculptured pile of snow and shoot out onto the trail as I got near the bottom. I thought maybe they don’t like the taste of these younger kids. After all, they’re probably a little tough because that’s the way they ski and board today.

I just wish I could keep up.

Rick Brockway writes an outdoors column for The Daily Star. Email him at

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