The shape crew are some of the most unloved, under-appreciated and underpaid people on the mountain. Get the park right and you might get some props from a few locals – get it wrong, though, and the entire resort will be baying for blood while those in neighbouring areas will laugh, point and call you a bunch of people with German heritage, and the family name of Kunz.
Don’t get us wrong, it’s a rad job, but it’s not all plain sailing. But just in case your local crew are getting a bit cocky, here’s how to make their blood boil…
Drop through the park when it’s closed
If the lifts are open, the park must be, right? It’s not like there could be snowcats on the landing, shapers on the features, ice blocks in the in-run, rails that haven’t been dug in properly or a million other reasons to not come through the park.
Next time a friend invites you for dinner, turn up early then kick down the door to the kitchen and start tasting the food before it’s cooked. Proceed to then bitch about how the food isn’t ready. Extra points if you call him out on Facebook for being a lazy bastard.
Make sure you completely remove the fence preventing entry thereby becoming the new warden of the park. You’ll save a shaper the hike up to open it up anyway.