This past week i was smashed into badly on the slope.
I was skiing along full/moderate speed on a blue wide cruiser when out of nowhere I was slammed into and sent smashing hard into the slope head first (thank god I had a helmet on) and slammed my head very hard. [fwiw: I have never hit the slope this hard and my head was extremely sore for next 2-3 days and for the rest of that day it felt like the worst hangover-headache Ive pretty much ever had.]
I genuinely didnt know what hit me and I was kind of in shock as this had never happened to me before and I believed this kind of thing was very rare(?), so I wasnt expecting it at all. I jumped up with the intention of ripping the face off of whoever had just done this only to see it was my friends Dad who I had set down the slope with. And his daughter (my friend) was right there when I was getting up, so all my adrenaline had to be squelched as much as possible, but I still read him a mini version of the riot act and told her to shut the f up when she tried to act like it was no big deal, "just an accident" etc. (I guess if I had been seriously injured, then she wouldve kept her opinion to herself, and based on my amateur assessment of the incident, any injury couldve occurred from the level of this impact had I been hit at the wrong angle or fallen/slammed wrong etc)
He said I was making an 'irregular turn' and didnt expect me to go the way I did and she said I turned too wide. As far as I know, no matter the shape of my turn or whether I had decided to turn at a time he didnt expect, or whatever, that any skier behind you has to give themselves enough space for the skiier ahead to do anything (including stopping up short on a slope, as long as they are in view, not hidden by a fall-off etc) and that there is zero excuse for running into anyone ahead of you on any slope. for the record, i didnt stop and didnt make some 90 degree turn, i was making s-shaped turns, small and big, with speed.
I genuinely believe that if he had done this to a stranger or if ski patrol had witnessed him doing it to me (and even if I didnt want to 'press charges' so to speak), that he wouldve at the least had his pass pulled and possibly even been banned from the resort and its sister resorts. I know that if I hadnt known who it was that slammed me, that that is what I wouldve expected and wanted from the resort and wouldve quickly enlisted witnesses to get the person thrown out and hopefully banned for life from the resort.
Am I overreacting...? My head was sore for a few days and my nerves were definitely rattled, so if this is some normal part of skiing that my less than epic number of days lifelong has kept me sheltered from, then so be it, tell me off or to stfu, whatever. I have also never been assaulted like this on a slope, and dont know how common it is, and am curious about your stories to either help me stop hating this guy and resenting him for basically 'getting away with' what I consider to be completely unacceptable behavior, no matter his explanation for why he hit me; or to make me feel less guilty for thinking its a very serious offense that he shouldve been profusely apologizing for.
Do resorts consider this a 'no harm (injury)' thus 'no foul' type of occurrence? I consider what he did basically a physical assault and arguably criminal, regardless of the extent of my injury or (luckily) non-injury. I was steamrolled and I know my jaw wouldve dropped if I had witnessed something like this and I wouldve gotten involved and happily witnessed for the person hit, no matter if the person was lucky enough to get up mostly ok with no serious injury (which imo is just luck in a hit that hard). I wonder if this is actually something he (or someone like him who crashes into and/or injurs someone or not) couldve been arrested for, or merely just kicked out..? We were in CO at a well managed resort who I imagine takes these kinds of incidents very seriously.
Any opinions are appreciated as it is hard for me to be objective as Im admittedly the kind of person who will hit you back twice as hard if you hit me first [for no good reason etc].