My impression - the boarder is the uphill rider and is at fault. There was clearly a cluster ahead of him that he could see and he should have slowed his speed BEFORE he reached the girl or cluster of people. His thinking that the girl 'cut him off' happened because he did not slow down for the conditions and chose not to slow his speed and to go too close to her. By keeping his speed into that situation, with his apparent limited skills, caused him to hit the boy. The other reason that he should have slowed down earlier is because (it seems from the video) that the run becomes narrower in that section and people were clustered together.
Personally, I have a rule to either slow way down or ski way wide when I see kids. I always assume that kids are unpredictable.
Another thought is that accidents like this happen to less experienced riders because that are unskilled at scanning the situation and do not take action early, which is one reason that new motor vehicle drivers are more likely to get into a collision. The ski patrol should make him do a run with them to go over defensive riding protocol.
The dad had no reason to hit the kid - stupid impulsive behavior that does no good and probably interfered with the boarder learning anything.
I am always extra careful and give kids a wide berth. It makes me feel really good about myself and it's a small sacrifice to make so that the kids can have a great day instead of being scared by skiers zooming by.
he had doubts.
Several posts seem to be making an illogical argument: The snowboarding was riding safely and then a crash “happened.” You can’t be riding safely and at the same time crash into someone.
The crash happened because the snowboarder made decisions that increased the risk of injury for others. His bad decisions were a combination of what he did (too fast, too close to others, etc.) and what he was capable of (limited stopping/avoiding skills, limits of icy snow conditions, etc.)
The little boy in the video could have been seriously hurt or even killed. I hope the epic community will be vocal that dangerous skiing in unacceptable and that skiing slower and with wider gaps is the right way.
You forgot slow reflexes; there was a boarder sized gap between the kid and the dad that the kid didn't even try to make.
@skierish, it's a instinctual survival of species reflex thing. The dad being upset has his brain flooded with hormones that cause his thinking brain to falter and his reptilian brain to take over and fight to eliminate the threat before thinking of anything else. I hope I could react better in the circumstances; thankfully my kids are adults now and can look after themselves.