Originally Posted by mcdave69
worst example of ski hill negligence i've seen: a hill employee driving a snowmobile up a run (not on the side or a normal place for doing such during biz hours and certainly not an emergency patrol situation); up the steepest headwall on what is an awfully wide groomed run; nonetheless, a skiier cresting that headwall would never ever have had a chance to avoid collision with it! Fortunately, no skiier materialized, thus, no lawsuit and i still get to ski there.
Reminds me of one incident that was a close call, but not negligent imho. I recall coming over a rise on a narrow trail doing mach schnell (sorry no gps back in the day, so for you old timers it was at the speed where you need to tape over the vent holes in your goggles so your eyes don't tear up), and coming face to face with the grooming cat. Apparently the run was closed, but when you're bombing down through the trees off (actually somewhere below) Top of the World Chutes instead of on a designated run so as not annoy patrons on the runs too much, on Mt. Washington BC, it's easy to come out of them and not be too sure where you are. It's all just white with white snow covered tree tops up there.
It was not negligent, imho, because it's on me to avoid objects (including grooming equipment) ahead of me, which I did. It got my adrenaline going though, and probably gave the guy driving the cat a bigger scare, since he had no way of knowing if I was able to avoid him until I did.
They really should keep those big machines off all slopes that aren't somehow fenced off or otherwise inaccessible until the lifts close.