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this excellent article about the tricks our eyes play on us that prevent us from avoiding collisions is directed at drivers and cyclists but it certainly applies to skiing as well. Turns out I'm not senile when I barely miss crashing into someone who seemingly appears out of nowhere. Turns out they did appear out of nowhere, visually speaking.

http://www.slobc.org/safety/documents/road-survival-guide.pdf

post #2 of 7
With 4 million miles I have certainly experienced alot of what was explained in the article. Plus a few more illusions. :-)
post #3 of 7
I've never come close to running into someone else in more than 70 years of skiing ( I did hit a tree once when I was a child), but I've been run down from behind repeatedly, including twice that resulted in really significant injuries.
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Really interesting article. Thanks for posing that. A lot of that stuff I already knew or did without knowing why, but pulling it all together like that makes it all make sense. I hope I can put that to work for me. I might also find myself a bit more tolerant of "that idiot".

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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post

I've never come close to running into someone else in more than 70 years of skiing ( I did hit a tree once when I was a child), but I've been run down from behind repeatedly, including twice that resulted in really significant injuries.

A faster skier overtaking a slower skier approaching them at an angle might not see the slower skier, due to the constant angle phenomenon and the saccade phenomenon. Or they might see them just fine and just not account for the possibility of the skier in front turning.

Watching from the lift I've seen people on a collision course and wondered why they persisted in heading for an inevitable crash--they just didn't see each other. 

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Originally Posted by oldgoat View Post
 

this excellent article about the tricks our eyes play on us that prevent us from avoiding collisions is directed at drivers and cyclists but it certainly applies to skiing as well. Turns out I'm not senile when I barely miss crashing into someone who seemingly appears out of nowhere. Turns out they did appear out of nowhere, visually speaking.

http://www.slobc.org/safety/documents/road-survival-guide.pdf


Great read.  I'm sending it to others.

post #7 of 7
Great article, & love the closing paragraph...smile.gif
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