Originally Posted by rmmaster
I did not intend to dis the event of skier cross. I think its an up and coming venue that requires great skills and even larger cajones. And a great deal of respect and trust between competitors (you don't want wanna-be hacks out there) its far too demanding and dangerous. And the events I've watched have been exceptionally well managed and run. The respect I have for those competitors is immense. In fact the competitors at the Copper event (Gravity games) had a great deal to say about the safety and creation of the course. I guess my consternation comes from not knowing where to go to get info on the program and its schedule of events.
Again, you're referring to skiercross as a program as if there were one umbrella organization like USSA running skiercrosses. There's nothing like that, but as far as established circuits go I think every major one has been posted here.
It's interesting that you noted that at Copper the competitors had great input into course design, as this is vital for safety. The U.S. Freeskiing Open event in VT was run this way, and resulted in a turn being added and a jump being removed, whereas at a local event I raced in, despite warnings that a small, poorly placed, overly abrupt roller would result in injuries, competitor concerns were ignored resulting in several injuries (including my destroyed ACL).
I strongly advise competitors to withdraw from events with what they believe to be dangerous courses, if the organizers will not respond to skier input.