I've been hit by both boarders and skiiers. One boarder hit put both of us on the ground. I was in front and he, a young teen, was overtaking me from my right. His heelside was towards me. Evidently, he didn't see or forgot about me. BAM!! He caught the rear of my skis and we both went down. No damage other than being a little shaken. I told him he needs to keep his head on a swivel and look where he is going. I really don't think the kid saw me and wasn't trying to cut close or anything. It was just an accident. Those things happen. Its part of the game.
I was over at Killington a few years ago during early opening. Only one run from the top and it was like a Los Angeles Freeway. A boarder hit my planted uphill pole snapping it into three, count them, three pieces. #$% Boarder didn't even stop. All I heard was "SORRY DUDE!" as he turned into the fall line and sped away. I picked up the pieces of my nice light graphite pole and headed down to the bottom to call it a day. Glad it was my pole and not my leg that was in more than one piece.
I learned one thing, never ski at Killington when there is only one run open at the beginning of the year.
One of my instructors over at Copper this year was stopped when he was hit by a skiier. He watched the guy come right at him. Blew him out of both bindings and about 10 feet down the hill. Skiier didn't turn, nothing, just looked at him with the "deer in the headlights" look until he hit. Duhh!
Last saturday I had a bi-ski lesson out. I was thumb tethering the bucket on a fairly wide cat track. (Shallow slope, wide open, very few people, easy green terrain.) I'm over at the extreme left of the slope starting to make a right turn. Now, with a 6'1" instructor in a flaming red helmet holding onto a fairly large piece of equipment with a skiier in it you'd think everyone behind us could see us and give us some room. Yeh, right! Bang, there's a ski against the outside of my LEFT ski. (There ain't no place to go to the left of me on the slope.
: ) I grabbed the bucket hard, braced myself, gave a bit of a left hip check, yelled "WATCH IT," and continued the right turn. We went across the slope turned left and then pulled up to a stop. I looked uphill and saw this lady laying on the ground where we had been. I called up, "You, ok?" She called back, "Yes, I'm sorry I hit you.
" I sort of shook my head and continued down. I was nice, I didn't chew her out about scaring the hell out my student and almost taking us all out in a pig pile.
I've come to the conclusion, large pieces of adaptive equipment and blind skiier bibs are nothing more than targets on the hill.
As far as the boarder vs skier thing, I don't believe it. Its more the responsible vs irresponsible individual on the hill. Ride/ski in control, follow the right of way rules, and remember respect earns respect.
We're all out there to have fun.