Again, your lack of reading skills and thought processes come into play. Let me quote again for you in big bold writing that you get it.
Watching some of the ski (and boarder) crash videos, clearly on 99.9999% of the cases one or both involved failed to follow the simple rules of the hill. Clearly Stupid. MORE CLEARLY PUT IF YOU FOLLOW THE RULES MOST OF THE COLLISIONS COULD BE AVOIDED!
As to the speed, I believe I note that this was done on a private club, on their race hill with few people around and those that were, skied at about the same speed, some fast, a lot faster and some a little slower. Again its about the right conditions, where you do these things.
Its about having the maturity to recognize when to do or not to do, which gets back to the point of protection of the intentionally stupid. If you are breaking the rules for every ones safety and you get hurt my heart does not bleed for you.
Now think about your statement "Now the point of my post was that parents who think they are protecting their kids when they ski right behind them are actually putting them in more danger. I think sometimes the rapidly approaching uphill skier may not even see the kid downhill from the parent. " By your own admission why are you skiing so fast that you can not stop and avoid the situation? Are you to self centered that you fail to see that you are the uphill skier and it your responsibility period.
Generally, if someone is skiing slow I automatically assume a few different things.
1. Not Experienced....will do unexpected things, slow down and avoid at all costs.
2. Hazard ahead.....don't want to hit it and get injured, slow down and avoid at all costs.
3. Parent/Guardian ahead....except smaller skiers, which do unexpected things, slow down and avoid at all costs.
Finally, I'll include even though no one is ahead,
4. Can't see ahead.....don't know what to expect, slow down to a safe speed (speed condition dependent).
Just to be sure you don't misunderstand slow down, does include stop if required until it clear to proceed.
Skiing slow, shows responsibility and that can never be faulted. Again I never said slow, I said stupid, so that you understand I'll quote it again in bold.
"Stupid" stepping well beyond the limit. Example, a beginner thinking that they can ski the same run and trying the same thing as Lindsey Von . No matter the outcome, this is just "Stupid" as the concept of risk vs ability did not come into question. Again, I'll add here, most cases it involves breaking the rules.
To further quote:
how slow do you ski to protect the youngster who by choice is being "Stupid" and putting you at risk again, a decision has been made to put themselves and others at risk, at some point the final consequence of risk must fall onto these skiers themselves. The question hypothetically is do you risk injury to prevent their injury? Though one and no clear cut answer.
Getting in over their heads, happens occasionally, the difference here is that it not "Stupid" as it is unfortunate, and in those case you see the difference in response and actions the skier is taking to get out of it if they can. In some cases it is about pushing the limit just a bit (calculated) and it failed. There is a difference Crazy...maybe....Stupid....NO.
Your comment about your kids skiing by themselves, bears examination. I'll quote again in bold and add in a few comments so that you can understand the meaning.
Think about it a 6 and 8 year old skiing by themselves without adult supervision. Those parents should be jailed. 11 year old...maybe, most that are, are already somewhat accomplished (intermediate or better) skiers and already know better for the most part otherwise the parents would not let them ski by themselves. I suspect that if you didn't believe that they were ready in terms of understanding the rules and judgement of risk (though some risk involved that they can not control) you would not let them have skied by themselves.
As a parent I do watch people coming down the hill some at high speeds and depending on what they do when they see things gives a good idea whether or not they are condition aware by adjusting their speed/course to avoid any potential hazards (ie others on the hill), these skiers I trust. Those that don't, I really worry. Again some skiers are watching out to protect others (these I trust), some don't (these I don't). I fail to understand how you missed this?
I have over 45 years of skiing and during that whole time I have yet to run into someone (knock on wood), yet I have been run into, run over, crashed into (intentionally at that on one occasion). Some by inexperience (no fault most of the time), most by failure to follow the rules.
The hills that I ski unfortunately have too many skiers (more to do with not enough hills) of which most have little ski ethics and understanding of the rules (and it has gotten worse in the last 10 to 15 years). While skiing out West and in Europe the skiers are more educated and further spaced, therefore some of what you are pointing out holds true, however, behave in this manner in the areas I ski, you will take a different opinion just out of survival. The private resort I mentioned, this is not the case and what you are suggesting holds very true, to the extent , when instructors go up lift they ask other adult skiers to ensure that none of the kids get "away and misbehave" . Key word is Supervision to ensure their safety and those of the other skiers. Once on the hill as a group they spread out and ski controlled.
Now fairly, I will give credit, safety is the first and foremost issue in this discussion, and as I have said previous I think that is the intention of both of our comments to other skiers and ourselves.
I'll add, how does it take to slow down at higher speed when you crash, a long.....long way (if you don't hit anything), been there, done that, in my younger (life before I was yet old enough to drive, yet knew everything) "Stupid" days. Most of us go through this stage at some point or other, hopefully we and others survive without a scratch.
BTW I hope your reading comprehension skills improve (point joke intended).
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