A few season ago I was skiing with my nephew, who was a novice snow boarder at the time, it was late afternoon and on a major, high traffic run that funneled into an icy choke point where there was a group of safety patrollers, not ski patrollers, standing by some slow skiing signs waving everybody to slow down. FIrst, I felt they should have been above the narrow, icy part of the run and not in the middle of the choke point. Second, my nephew fell on his butt right next to a safety patroller and she asked him if he was OK.
"Nooo" he said. I knew he was just kidding because he was sore from landing on that part of his anatomy all day but the patroller was all over it and said don't try to get up while immediately getting on her radio and calling ski patrol. The patrol came along very quickly and sledded him down the the base where he was examined and x-rayed and was fine.
I guess my question is twofold, maybe threefold: first, am I right that the safety patrollers should have been above the choke point and not in the middle of it? Second, do the ski patrollers consider the safety patroller help or nuisance? Third, was I right to just keep my mouth shut and let them take care of the situation or should I have interjected and saved the ski patrol the effort that, who knows, may even have delayed someone else's rescue? I guess I figured once the wheels were set in motion there wasn't anything I could do about it but argue and that wasn't going to help the situation at all.