Originally Posted by bowlmar
We were at a local ski place yesterday for a quick half day of skiing. I wanted to play golf later in the afternoon. We headed to the backside where the "black" runs were located, as we figured few people would be over there in the morning. The slopes are shaded in the morning, and generally icy. The day was low light and flat lighting conditions. We skied over to that area, and took the lift up to the top of the "expert" black diamond run. As we rose, we saw a college age kid coming down at a high rate of speed. He drifted over to the edge below the lift line.
Folks - what do you see below lift lines in many resorts? MOGULS.
So, the kid launched off the mogul area. Fortunately it was the end of the moguls. He flew about 25 or more feet in the air. Hard to know, because of the pitch for the black slope. Of course, he lost control. He fell backward and slammed his head against the icy snowpack, and bounced a few times. He was limp immediately.
We knew he wasn't immediately paralyzed - that's because his arms and legs flapped loosely as he slid face down, and unconscious below us. He slid for a few hundred feet, and we turned to watch. When a person is paralyzed, they go stiff.
A guy stopped to grab the skis AND poles above the injured college student. As he did this, ANOTHER college kid flew in the air, and hit, sliding past the man. He slid into a small island of trees a couple hundred yards below.
ANOTHER college student then flew by and landed on his back. He slid down head first, LAUGHING as he slid. He was stoned out of his mind.
Three other college kids quickly wrecked and slid down the slopes. Two were laughing and the third was hurt.
We decided to ski the catwalk back and go home... As it turned out the Colorado School of Mines had a "ski deal" and brought three bus loads of STONED college kids to the resort that day. The word quickly got out among locals and parents, and it was quickly passed on to parents and responsible skiers.
Flat light, icy conditions and stoned college kids. Head home.
The "legalization" of marijuana in Colorado will be an EPIC disaster for ski resorts. I'm not sure how many paralyzed college stoners it will take to make changes, but one thing's for sure - you WILL know who is skiing stoned, and you will be very lucky if you avoid them. The resorts are running on fumes with labor because of the lack of snow and skier visits. They DO NOT take away passes, and you will find very few ski patrol folks monitoring the slopes right now.
Good luck and God Bless.