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A video of a skier at Bridger Bowl near Bozeman angrily demanding a refund because he wasn’t allowed to ski in avalanche terrain without the proper safety equipment went viral over the weekend, garnering more than 120,000 views on Facebook and YouTube.
In the video, which was originally posted by Marli Stroup-Trusty on Facebook on Jan. 3, shows a man cussing and yelling at a cashier behind a ticket window. The man is upset because he wasn’t allowed to ski Schlasman’s Lift, a part of the mountain where skiers are required to have a transceiver, a device for finding people or equipment buried under snow.
The man screams:
“Show me where that lift line says when I pay 52 bucks I can’t ski it. It doesn’t! Nowhere does it say that lift line is the only one I won’t have access to when I bought the ticket. When you sold me my F%$^*&# ticket you didn’t say, ‘Hey guess what, you can’t ski that lift.”
An onlooker comes up to the man and asks him to watch his language because he has a 4-year-old child next to him, and the angry skier brushes him off and continues ranting at the poor cashier.
The man also confronts two people standing nearby: “You want to get in a fight? You guys want to pick a fight? Mind your own F^&&^% business, give me my money back!”
Bridger Bowl officials have said that the requirement to have a transceiver is noted on maps and signs above the ticket window.
Bridger Bowl marketing director Douglas Wales told KTVQ.com that he had never seen such an outburst from a customer.
We work very hard to put out information we feel is necessary to understand, and also requires them to read the literature and pay attention to the signs,” Wales told the Bozeman news station.
The map of Bridger Bowl clearly shows areas in purple where skiers are required to have a beacon.
In the comments section of the Facebook and YouTube posts, many people are clearly angry at the skiers behavior. He has not been identified. Someone even offered to buy the woman behind the window lunch.