Giving snowboarding a bad name |

Giving snowboarding a bad name

Dear Editor:

Regarding the article on three punks (“Wanted: three punks,” Feb. 10):

I will start out by saying I have been a snowboarder for 22 years and enjoy the sport very much.

I have empathy for Carolyn because I have witnessed this abusive behavior to a hiker on Buttermilk by a snowboarder first hand.

The hiker happened to be my wife. We were skinning up Buttermilk a couple of years ago. I was learning to telemark and was skinning up about 25 feet in front of her. Out of nowhere a boarder came flying past me and blasted my unsuspecting wife in the face and body with a force of snow that inflicted pain and shock to her. After helping my wife calm down and stop crying, and being fairly close to the top, I too waited by the lift ready to wring some necks, but again no one showed.

I was a punk once and I still am at heart, but to pick on unsuspecting women trying to get fit or gearing up for the backcountry season is really weak.

If you young punks have that much negative energy maybe you should earn your turns once in awhile and maybe you would have some respect; and yes that kind of B.S. does give the sport a bad name, which I am sure some kids are proud of.

To Carolyn, I know how you feel. And to the snowboarders, you’ll get yours someday.

Mark Cesark

Missouri Heights

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