I know this has been talked to death, but this one situation has bothered me for a while. I was skiing fast (40+) down a groomed blue. There was aother expert skier ahead of me on the trail who was also skiing fast. He was sticking to the left side of the trail and I was over on the right. I am sure he was not aware that I was trailing as I had begun overtaking him as we headed down the trail. I had not yelled out to let him know I was there as we both seemed to be sticking to our respective sides of the trail. Near the bottom he suddenly arced a sweeping turn to cut over onto another trail. He did not look up and I narrowly avoided him as we both were carrying quite a bit of speed and the move was somewhat unexpected (somewhat as I had kept my eye on him and I knew there was a trail cut). I imagine he thought there would not be anyone keeping up with him and so gave no thought to an uphill skier overtaking. Still I was miffed that after keeping to one side of the trail and then making a hard arced turn cuting the trail he did not look up. I was the over taking skier and I did avoid him, but I felt he was lucky that I had managed to do so since physics would indicate he would have born the worst of the hit. I also feel there was a burden on him to take a peak back when he cut the trail after skiing on one side-I always do. Is the skiers responsibility code the same in all cases? As an overtaking driver on the highway I feel I bear the respoonsibility most of the time, but if someone were to swerve unexpectedly in front of me I would think the responsibility was theirs. According to the survey on skiing skills it seems this might not be an unusual situation for members of this board.
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11/20/04 at 7:40am