Originally Posted by nest
"People who sue ski areas should be shot" Scot Schmidt
Actually, the line is "People shooting ski areas should be sued." and I believe that it was Bruce Benedict in "License to Thrill".
SkierXman, she was in Laramie Bowl, where it flattens outs, no where near Rendezvous Trail.
Anyway, there are probably 2 cases pending against the kid, the criminal and the civil. And there could be a civil case against the resort. I think that most commenting here need to go back and re-read the thread that contains the description of the accident. Most eyewitnesses have said that the run wasn't crowded, the kid straightlined the run, in control, and did not try to avoid the woman who was either stopped or skiing very slowly.
The thread contains information that there were numerous skiers/riders on the lift that state that they watched the kid and thought (and said something like this) "Wow that kid is going fast. Wow he's going to hit that girl. Sh*t! He just hit that girl! I can't believe he just hit that girl!" What do those statements indicate? That the kid had control, had the situational awareness, and had the choice to avoid the woman, but he chose not to.
Should the kid be punished? Of course. That's already been debated.
Also, that last thing any ski patroller wants to do is get called into court. A tremendous amount of paperwork and data gets generated from an incident such as this: Eyewitness reports, patroller supplimental reports, photos, Dr. reports, hospital reports, heli reports, snow and visibility reports, etc., etc., etc., And this is just by the resort. If it doesn't get written down, it didn't happen. Also, there's probably 200-300 (at least) digital images on several flash cards that are being saved, I'm sure. Everything that is written down, scribbled down, or doodled, will be questioned why it is there. Patrollers and eyewitnesses will be questioned why they did/didn't write something down. Patrollers will be questioned if they deleted any digital photos from the flash cards and if so, why and how many more did they delete. In my opinion, any and all actions at the scene will be questioned, trying to deflect the blame from the kid to the mountain (grooming caused him to go straight, or he caught an edge on kitty-litter).
Lastly, if anyone sees someone skiing/riding dangerously, they should contact the ski patrol. Make sure and be able to provide a description of the skier/rider (coat and pant color, male or female, age), a location of where the incident took place, and a description of what happened. You have to be be able to do this calmly, leaving emotions out of the conversation. I guarentee the ski patrol will act on the report, and the offendee will be caught (Remember, nobody skis faster than Motorola).
Realize that approximately 45% of the lift ticket price goes directly to pay for ski are insurance. The last thing mountain management wants is a liability on the hill.