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Poll Results: Have You Ever Been Hit or Hit Someone Else While Riding?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 48% of voters (90)
    Yes, I have been hit but I have never hit anyone myself.
  • 2% of voters (4)
    Yes, I have hit someone but I have never been hit.
  • 31% of voters (58)
    Yes, I have been hit and I have also hit someone.
  • 18% of voters (35)
    No, I have never hit anyone nor has anyone hit me.
186 Total Votes  
post #61 of 80

I voted  "no hit, no get hit", but I did collide with somebody at the ESA (in the same group as me). Fortunately I was the only one that went down without any consequences. But considering the crowds we have here in Ontario on very small hills, it is a miracle that I survived without any incidents all these years (skiing about 40 days per year).

post #62 of 80
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Originally Posted by TomB View Post

I voted  "no hit, no get hit", but I did collide with somebody at the ESA (in the same group as me). ..

Again, stuff happens.

 

Part of the sport.

post #63 of 80

I went ahead and hit no, no. I'm sure at some point I have given and received, but nothing memorable.

post #64 of 80

I thought that meant "Follow me!"

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Originally Posted by nwjg View Post

  I used to tap my poles together when I was overtaking

post #65 of 80
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post

I thought that meant "Follow me!"

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Originally Posted by nwjg View Post

  I used to tap my poles together when I was overtaking



That won't work when someone has earphones playing Metaliica
post #66 of 80
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Originally Posted by Jimmypowder View Post


That won't work when someone has earphones playing Metaliica

lol, Metallica, is the guy 40?  In my mind, I'm imagining the young whippersnappers are listening to white noise, aka dubstep. :)

post #67 of 80

been hit a few times usually by someone out of control who then hits ice or blindly comes out of the trees, so far lucky no major damage, haven't hit anyone else (other than when it was intentional).

post #68 of 80
While I was on a catwalk in Vail I had a boarder take a blind jump out of the trees from a 5 foot level
above the catwalk. Him and his board were at about my head level just a few feet in front of me when he passed by me and
crashed on the other side of the catwalk .

If he had hit me ,it would have been a serious injury for sure . I've never been so pissed on the slopes .
He had no idea if there was anyone below on the catwalk .
post #69 of 80

There is a section here where Movieland (a treed area on the front) intersects with the cat track.  It doesn't LOOK like that would be a slope, but young hot shots are always coming down out of there in a pack.  So I always ski on the far side of the cat track focusing on those trees and breathe a sigh of relief when I'm passed them.  There is also a place on the back where little kids come out of the trees without looking.  INEVITABLY, DAD is standing there in the middle of the slope watching them come down and never says a word to them about the fact they almost hit someone.  I've sort of learned to swing wide there because of it.  Somehow the rule about if you are "entering" a trail you are supposed to look up hill doesn't seem to enter their minds.  

 

post #70 of 80

I was hit twice in the same day, within 10 minutes while I was participating in a epic ski academy at stowe, thankfully the instructor in charge  noticed I was placed in the wrong class and moved me up where people ski in control. we were told to ski down to a spot and stop, I stopped and moved to the edge of the trail and the next person down skied right into me. 5 minutes later I got hit from behind while doing a short turn drill by someone who didn't do short turns. thankfully the weekend went well after my move.

post #71 of 80
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

Here's another common stupidity scenario that happens fairly frequently.  Skier A heads down to spray skier B and washes out hitting skier B taking them out at boot level.  I've witnessed this more times than I can begin to count and been a part of it either A or B also more than a couple of times. 

I saw a guy get his calf muscle laid wide open by someone trying to spray him. Ski patrol had a heck of a time shoveling up all the bloody snow.
post #72 of 80

It's really hard to control a snowboard when you're almost but not quite stopped. It's sort of like balancing on a stopped bicycle. So there may have been a few awkward close encounters. Nothing at speed that was my fault and nothing at speed that resulted in injury thankfully, but I guess it can happen to anyone. I like Bob Peter's "No passing" rule. That makes a lot of sense.

 

Early in my ski instructor training we were taught to always stop below the group, preventing the "spray your friends with a big rooster tail then crash into them" scenario. 

post #73 of 80

Lots of near misses both ways but never an actual impact in 35 years. About 7 years ago my son (10 years old at the time) did get taken out by some kid that I think had more time in the bar than on the slopes at Killington. He apologized and I politely told him to smarten up especially around kids.

post #74 of 80

I've "hit" 2-3 skiers in my 30 years of skiing. Never, ever, ever, ever high speed. I think every one has been skiing crowded slopes, being about 15- 20 apart alongside somebody descending about the same speed, and we both decide to turn towards eachother at the same time and can't quite manage to abort the turn fast enough.

 

I've been hit probably 20 times. Most also low speed.

 

The worst one was a few year ago, 10-13 year old kid on a snowboard.  I stop in the same general area as another guy while waiting for my wife (in a completely and totally visible location). I hear a scraping noise behind me  moments before I am completely laid out. My best guess as to what happened is the kid was either trying to snow dad, screwed up horribly and hit me, or was focusing on dad and wasn't looking at where he was going. At any case he puts the board sideways to try to stop, then falls back and brings the board UP off the snow to hit me square on the back of the knees and thighs, doing about 20 mph.

 

I'm thrown forward, waist first, dragging skis, with this kid in between my heels and my back. I'm a decade past a serious knee injury, and the bad knee gets tweaked HARD, to the point where it feels like a ligament tear.  After this incident, I have nasty bruises and welts across both legs from where he brought the board up.

 

I completely lose it screaming at the kid. I restrain myself from punching out a kid, but in the moment I'm sure my knee is gone and thinking about not being able to ski again.

 

Dad is in my face about how I should "calm down" how it was "an accident" and if I have a weak knee, I shouldn't be out on the ski slope for his shitnose kid to blindside me.

 

I remember when I was a kid, had I hit somebody half that hard, they would have to stand in line behind my dad to whoop my ass.

 

After I calmed down a bit, I decided to be the bigger man and calm things down a bit by telling the kid I was sorry for screaming at him. I was expecting Dad to prompt the kid to apologize, so we could chill things down a bit. Dad's response was "gee, was that so hard?" with no acknowledgement whatsoever that his kid had just completely wrecked my ability to enjoy skiing for the rest of the weekend (every ski motion was in pain for the rest of the weekend) and could have ended my days on the slopes for life, at which point, especially after Dad's behavior, I would have been lawyering up and pressing charges.

 

Some people's kids.  And some kid's parents.

post #75 of 80
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post #76 of 80

In Jr. College I used to go to Kirkwood almost every week.  I'd hit the little park every time going down the front of the mountain.  Now, to get there I would just mach down Zachary below Cornice then cut over to Mokulleme.  There's a big dip and then little upslope that flattens out merging with Mokulleme.  Now, I would hit this pointing mostly downhill so I'm not cutting dead across a merging trail in the air.  It's a really fun air because you can fly about 30 ft, but just about 2 feet off the ground the whole time.  I still don't know how I hit this guy, but I was definitely at fault, but this old guy, about 65 was cutting across Mokulleme and I had no option but to give the guy a big bear hug and take him down as gently as I could.  He kept all his gear on, but I'm sure it was no fun for him.  The wife (obviously from the Jersey area) came down yelling and the older guy said, I'm fine, but I'd go if I were you.  Evidently he was pretty familiar with his wife's wrath.  

 

I've been hit by boarders, skiers, men, women, kids in Spyder gear... fortunately I've never gotten hurt.

post #77 of 80

When I was in that high speed colision, I had a meeting with the ski patrol at AM. We talked about what should be done (was I after money or what?) and when all was said and done (and the other party was in a meeting also), the man who hit me had his season pass revoked. Pretty strong, decisive action, he was gone in a couple hours,  never seen again at Squaw Alpine. So Patrol know what's what.

post #78 of 80

Because I ski with music going in ear buds most of the time, my head is on a constant swivel.  I try really hard never to be close or let anyone get close to me.  So far I have been lucky, except for the one time my buddy side swiped me and I wasn't listening to music back then.  I was ok, but he broke his thumb.  I am always happy to wait and let other go by, so I can get a little space to myself.

post #79 of 80
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Originally Posted by guroo270 View Post

...Now, I would hit this pointing mostly downhill so I'm not cutting dead across a merging trail in the air.  It's a really fun air because you can fly about 30 ft, but just about 2 feet off the ground the whole time.  I still don't know how I hit this guy...

 

It's really hard to change speed or direction when you're airborn.

 

Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.

post #80 of 80
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Originally Posted by darent View Post

I was hit twice in the same day, within 10 minutes while I was participating in a epic ski academy at stowe, thankfully the instructor in charge  noticed I was placed in the wrong class and moved me up where people ski in control. we were told to ski down to a spot and stop, I stopped and moved to the edge of the trail and the next person down skied right into me. 5 minutes later I got hit from behind while doing a short turn drill by someone who didn't do short turns. thankfully the weekend went well after my move.

 

I'm glad you were moved out of the dangerous gaper skill level group!

 

Instructors should keep skiers on appropriate terrain. If students are frequently crashing into each other, there is something missing in the instruction.

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