Thanks for all the comments over the weekend. Glad to hear about the good skiing at Elk Pass. The photos from Steve Riggs were the first we’ve seen since it was trackset.
Tom Jones was skiing on Moraine Lake road on Saturday and sends this email:
“…great to see hundreds of skiers out on the trails.
Skiers from 8 to 80!! It would be nice if the training/lesson groups would be a little more courteous and aware of other skiers on the trail. This should be related from the coaches/instructors to their athletes/students. In many places the uphill classic track was wiped out completely in less than an hour and groups were standing on the classic track with pretty much total disregard of those of us who were classic skiing uphill. Hey, I always step into the middle (skate lane) and pass slower skiers – I don’t have a problem with that but the groups need to be more courteous. There’s every kind of skier from hard core racers to general fitness skiers to very slow tourers and we all need to get along. BTW, in many places the classic track had been needlessly wiped out by people skating as well. Heads up people!
Trolls and Spam
If you see comments on here which seem idiotic, irrelevant to this blog, or just downright nonsensical, it’s because we have a troll. I delete them as soon as I see them, but sometimes I’m on the ski trail!
I also get about 30-40 spam comments per day, and the spam filter does a good job of stopping them, but occasionally one sneaks through. I’ve been fine-tuning the spam filter but if it is too sensitive, it will hold the intelligent comments too.
I will not go to the extreme measure of screening all comments, as that will defeat the reason for this blog, whose purpose is to give timely information to its readers.
As for the troll, he’s just another anonymous(he thinks he’s anonymous, but anyone on the internet can ultimately be traced) jerk who needs attention. This is all the attention I am going to give this creep, but I wanted my readers to be aware of the situation and ignore any comments which don’t seem like they belong here.
Here’s an example of a spam comment which came in yesterday, sent by Gucci Backpack Outlet:
Make the most of the merchandise sometimes. I prefer to gucci baby bag monogram.
The troll posts under different names. From what I can decipher, he gets drunk and posts three or four nonsensical comments in the space of 30 minutes. For example, he posted this comment a few days ago under the name Mike(it was one of four similar comments):
X-Country skiing rocks, but not if your one of the thousands of squirrels killed by them yearly.