Originally Posted by telerod15
What's up with skiers running into snowboarders? I was riding a snowboard yesterday at Whitetail when a skier ran into me from behind. I know it was a skier because when I glanced back, I saw a ski and pole flying up into the air. I did not stop to offer assistance.
The problem isn't just skiers, it's sliders of all disciplines overestimating what they can actually do and winding up on slopes that they cannot safely negotiate. Accidents are unfortunate, but they do happen, often for this very reason.
Just as an example, when I was at Whitetail three weeks ago, I saw a little girl, about 8 or 9 years old I think, heading straight down the middle of one of the blues trying to snowplow but not pointing her skis towards each other enough, with her arms out in front of her and to the side, and making little frantic "I'm in trouble" noises. This is a perfect example of someone trying to do something they really cannot do, and endangering themselves and others in the process. Someone could have been below her, staying in a predictable path, minding their own business, and suddenly been taken out by this out of control girl.
But once again, it's not just skiers, I see out of control snowboarders too.