"Still, the difference between reckless behavior and skiing fast boils down to picking your spots, experts say. All alone on a double black-diamond, skiers can let their skis run. When others are around, steer clear and slow down. "Skiing is all about being free," Rust says, "but it’s also about knowing when to let it rip and when to use caution." "
Exactly. And yet they must blast through the slow signs, clipping learners, the young and the old.
"Coles received a six-month suspended sentence and was fined $1,100. "It is necessary to punish fools who think they can do anything (on the slopes)," said a prosecutor involved in the case. "
And this from a person in France! Says it all, really. Skiing is NOT a contact sport. We do not sign up to be injured by others when we go out to enjoy a day in the mountains. A scary number of snow users thing they CAN do anything they like, and are very surprised when told that if they harm another, it can be a police matter, just like on the roads. It worries me that they find that surprising.