I have lurked off and on for a while but felt I needed to add to this thread.
I am a 50 day per year skier and I have skied 40-50 days per year since 1989. That's like close to 1000 days!!
I have never hit anyone!!!! I would lay it down, re-direct my fall and get hurt myself before I ever hit anyone.
I was hit by an out of control snowboarder at Killington on January 1st. I have missed the entire month of January with a sprained knee as a result. I had my MRI Friday and I have no tear but my MCL is severely sprained. I have permanent cartilige damage. I was supposed to go to Utah on 2/10 but had to cancel. I don't know when i can ski again. My husband and i have $1700 invested in lift tickets that are going to waste (he does not want to ski without me- I have tried to get him to go)
At the time of the incident I did not realize how badly i was hurt and I continued to ski for a while. So don't be so sure that people are not seriously injured just because they look OK.
What that snowboarder did was nothing short of assault and he should have been arrested. The downhill skier/boarder ALWAYS has the right of way. NO EXCUSES!!
If you are in a car and you rearend someone, YOU always get the ticket! It's that same on the slopes.
I do not hate snowboarders. My husband is an accomplished snowboarder as well as a skier and telemarker. He said that if he had been on his skis he would have chased the guy down.
We have a strategy for next time. Anyone EVER hits one of us again and we are going to remove their lift ticket. I don't care if it's a season pass or a day ticket. You hit someone, you are done for the day. If you want to complain feel free to give ski patrol your name. I'll have you arrested for assault. i believe that case law exists to support that. If not I will sue you for damages.
This situation has got to stop. I repeat....THE DOWNHILL SKIER/BOARDER ALWAYS HAS THE RIGHT OF WAY!!!!!!!