Originally Posted by Skierish
Let's get down to brass tacks. If you were that boarder (either on skis or a board) from the start of the video on, would you have hit either one of those kids?
I don't think anyone will argue that point, from our armchairs we can all say that we would have avoided that collision. The discussion seems to have evolved from discussing a new rule to clear up the traversing or "sudden movements" of downhill skiers to debating which rule is more important and ultimately the best at preventing a collision. I say ALL THE RULES are important, it's like a multi-layered defense.
Here's how they are written and how I feel they should be applied (from NSP):
1. "Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects."
If you find that you cannot stop, refer to rule 2:
2. "People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them."
If you cannot stop, try to avoid people ahead.
3. "You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above."
If people cannot see you they cannot avoid you, stop in a safe place
4. "Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others."
If people cannot follow rule 1 and 2, and they cannot control themselves, you better protect yourself by looking up before you join the fray.
5. "Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment."
Self explanitory, don't want a lose ski or board picking up speed and hitting someone.
6. "Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas."
I would renumber this as number 2 or 4, it goes hand in hand with staying in control and stoping at a safe place.
7. "Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely."
I've seen some different ways to load and unload lifts, and then you get into the discussion of lowering the safety bar or not, just another can of worms (I lower the bar BTW).
Bottom line, I think they are all important for us skiers to look out for each other, respect each other (and have patience for beginners), and keep each other safe, not to point fingers and assign blame, that's what lawyers do.