Actually, when grey started his turn to the left, red was starting a turn to the right. Grey could have anticipated he was going to be clear on the left if all he took was a brief "over the shoulder glance" as is being suggested. That is the obvious flaw with placing the burden of responsibility on the down hill skier.
Yes, and Red is the uphill skier and saw grey/gray and failed to do anything thereby breaking 2 rules not just one by failing to yield to the down hill skier.
Remember that uphill check is intended when merging or starting on to a slope to make sure that you do ski into someone's path see rule 4. Read my earlier post http://www.epicski.com/t/123048/time-for-the-code-of-conduct-to-be-updated/540#post_1645621 but for ease here are the rules posted at a local resort.
1. Always Stay in control. You must be able to stop of avoid other people or objects.
2. People ahead of you have right-of-way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
3. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
4. Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
Both Failed rule 1. Red failed Rule 2, Rule 4 does not apply as Grey/Gray was in motion on the trail and doing what skiers are meant to do....ski.
Could it have been avoided maybe, especially if RED followed rule 2.
The RACE collisions, well the one on course has right of way as it is about speed and clear running, everyone else is at fault here as the RACER has been given the go for a clear run.
These rules are so simple if followed 99.9% of the collisions should not occure. (Sorry Canadian spelling).
Edited by oldschoolskier - 11/26/13 at 9:40am