I observed an upsetting altercation at Nakiska today. Apparently, a boarder and a skier, who is an acquaintance, had a near miss while going down an overly crowded run. They had some words and the boarder was obviously irate and used all sorts of profanity. The boarder seemed to be about 20 and the skier about 60. I didn't pay much attention to the on hill altercation. The skier skied down to a lift line to join me and some others in a very crowded line. The boarder, still irate followed the skied to the lift lines, took off his board, sought out the skier and demanded an apology from the skier. Immediately and without warning, the boarder hit the skier in the face, and started pummeling him with both hitting and kicking. A friend tried to intervene by stepping between the two (dumb thing to do), was pushed over and kicked in the face by the boarder. He was obviously unconscious for a period of about a minute and has a concussion. For a moment or two, I feared that he was more seriously injured because of the force of the blow. We notified the lifty, who then notified ski patrol and the boarder was later escorted to the bottom. The RCMP became involved, but did not charge anyone at the time.
The whole thing bothers me, partly because of the ferocity of the assault. The other part that is really annoying is when the RCMP officer interviewed me later in front of the boarder, the officer made the statement to the effect of "well, these things happen in sports". What a wonderful message to give, if your skiing you can hit someone because these things "just happen."
I will be writing a letter to the RCMP.
Edited by canadianskier - 11/10/13 at 8:29pm