Originally Posted by NorthernFlicker
That someone bombing down the mountain out of control is going to take out my son. I've had enough close calls that thinking about this makes me sweat bullets sometimes. I try to think about his being young and rubbery, but given out of control skiing speeds, there really isn't rubbery enough.
Originally Posted by sibhusky
Being slammed into by someone. I've had three friends who were all seriously injured by other skiers. All in their sixties or seventies, all out for the season. After a while, you don't heal so fast as you used to. I'll pull to the side and let people go buy.
Yes, yes yes yes to both of these. My daughter is the tiniest 8 year old who has been skiing since she was 3. She's still very cautious and slow (she has a significant gross motor delay.) My husband and I watched from the chairlift at Mammoth two years ago as she was in a group lesson, following the instructor like ducklings down a green, super wide run that does funnel in from other runs, and in particular, from one of the main terrain parks, as a snowboarder bombed down at about 30 mph and literally went BETWEEN my daughter and the skier in front of her. If I could have safely jumped off the chairlift and gone and cleaned his clock, I would have.
I have also been double ejected from my bindings on a green run when I was hit by a snowboarder.
I wish these young IDIOTS (yes, they are idiots) would understand how easily they can seriously injure or kill a small child in particular. It makes me want to keep my daughter off the hill until she's older and bigger, to be honest with you.