Jibstyle Jenna; How do I address outdoor ski resort urine etiquette…when I really have to pee on a powder day?

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 25, 2010 2:20 pm

Dear Slopestyle Barbie,

I was up at Mammoth this weekend for the saturday after 5.5 feet of new snow. It was an obvious race for snow and I got up early to get there but needed some caffeinated help. As a result, I made it about one run in before I really had to go. I really hate running into the lodge and taking off equipment. Is it okay to go on the mountain?

Brian, CA

I am glad you asked this question, as dropping “trou” is a conversation that comes up a lot even if we aren’t talking skiing! As for on-the-mountain urine etiquette, it is a tough call. Personally, the natural snow toilet seems like a logical place to go. Although, I spoke to some mountain employees at Mammoth and they felt that in a busy resort treating the mountain as your bathroom isn’t the most respectful of sorts. 

If you are in the backcountry, the world is your bathroom. Although, when you are inbounds you must share the lands and leaving a lemon snowcone is not the problem so much as invading other’s comfort. I guess it is the same as public indecency, but you get my drift. If you happen to get busted with your pants down, your fellow skiers and their children are probably not going to appreciate it. If you are at a resort where your chances of being busted are slim, I must say go for it. If you are at a resort like Mammoth, chances are there is a fellow skier on every ridge, tree outcrop, and snow pile. Therefore, it might be hard to get away with.

On the other hand, if this situation so arises (in which it will), I never saw nothing. Tell who?