A travel article about weekend getaways pitched a location in Colorado for its great skiing and beer festival. “Hans Blinker won a silver medal in the Inebriated Downhill.” While I understand the allure of both events, I’m not sure anyone should attempt both in the same weekend or, depending on how much they drink, month. Most people aren’t terrifically stable on skis even when they haven’t had a beer. I’ve seen perfectly sober skiers steer themselves into a large tree. You could be a successful member of AA and still have the kind of wipe-out where you end up in an ambulance with two other skiers and a stunned moose.
Drinking beer in between runs is not going to improve your balance and agility. Its only benefit could be numbing you to the point where you really don’t feel it when the snowboard enters your colon. There is also the challenge of drinking and then trying to board a chairlift, which could be classified as either an extreme sport or assisted suicide. Drunk people have enough problems with inanimate objects let alone mobile furniture. “Just the site of the chair lurching forward caused Dave to throw up.”