Before and after schools and colleges start, our illuminated and computerized speed signs in school zones change to limit car speeds to 40kph. (I am not advocating speed sign on slopes).
That changeable signage got me thinking as I was reading a case where a newbie slid under a safety fence off a cliff near the lift loading station. (The same has happened at the same hill since the 1960s on a hill that suffers freeze thaw and violently fluctuating snowfalls which can be 1 metre deep uptop and literally nothing at the bottom
He accessed blue runs which are very gentle, and were once 'green'. At lunch at a hutte, he could see the pinnacle of boastfulness: a blue run that tends to be 'dust on crust' and used by race clubs to 'effortlessly' carve turns on during practice runs.
He tried the more challenging blue run which ends in a t-bar, but boarders and newbies tend to fall off and the lift line grews and grows. Newbies are then directed to go to a blue-black run which has a chairlift.
But the 'nice ice area' on that run ends in a steep 'icy' pitch with medium sized moguls, rocks and protuding twigs.
Over the course of a day the ice and moguls on that section can soften and be quite manageable, ...unless something goes wrong.
So I was thinking: Why not have solar powered 'traffic lights' that can say the run is, right now, black, blue or green. As the snow softens, the solar powered lights change to blue.
(I'll put to one side the question:
1. how on earth can lifties direct newbies to a 'black chair' ;
2. why on earth isn't there an easy 'escape route' where the newbie can access gentle terrain between that tbar to that chair) and
3. how can you encourage low intermediates to access an area used by racers and experts)
Edited by veteran - 8/27/12 at 4:37pm