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If people fail to merge in a lift line, is it cool to cut?

Ask Dr. Flake
posted: 11/01/1998

Affirmative. Should an empty chair escape a maze full of skiers, everyone in line ought to be ashamed. A maze is not some kindergarten exercise; we don't have to play nice and wait for the dimwits to catch up. Dr. Flake likes to dash in front, shouting, "You snooze, you lose! over his shoulder. Or sometimes, to mix things up, "Law of the jungle! Flake prefers such aggressive tactics, but courtesy can prove equally effective. If you're caught behind distracted Texans, for example, gently tap them on the shoulder and remind them that the goal of the lift is to efficiently move skiers up the mountain. And then scream in their ears, "Are you skiers or idiots?

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