Originally Posted by oldgoat
Meh, I'll lay it down rather than run some kid over. Sometimes two or three things happen in sequence and you simply can't account for every variable.
You need to learn a hockey stop. Now. If you can't make a hockey stop you have no business skiing anywhere or at a speed at which you can't stop suddenly. As soon as you fall you lose control and will slide further than anyone making a hockey stop, and those couple of feet might make the difference between scaring someone half to death and defending yourself in court for reckless endangerment or even manslaughter. Fall on ice while you're heading toward someone and you're bound to hit them.
A downhill skier does not "cut me off," because I am responsible for yielding to all downhill skiers
. I plan
my line so that I'll pass him as far from where the downhill skier appears to be about to go, [/B] I expect
him to be unpredictable, and I slow down
before I reach him to the point where I can easily change my path if he goes somewhere else.
I never ever assume that a little kid is going to stay out of my way. Never. You seem to believe that we're all a bunch of fussbudgets when you say something that we know from personal experience could easily lead to disaster.