Originally Posted by ATskier
all you fellas ought to be trained for a year or two with a ball and chain. You can't stop or control your on-piste activities, can you? Aren't american teenagers with snowboards the real terrorists?
Uh. . . do you actually think anybody's going to agree with you in the snowboard
forum? Oh wait. I'm sure some snowboard-haters will drift on over, as snowboarder-bashing is so *fun and chic* these days. However, I'm not sure that this forum was intended as a place for the anti-snowboard contingent to remind everyone how much they dislike the conduct of some people who slide on one board instead of two.
I would argue anyway, after two days skiing at Vail, that a significant number of American teenagers (and some adults) on ALL kinds of snow sliding equipment are in need of some technique and etiquette lessons, and a reminder to pay attention
to the other folks out there on the hill.
At the end of the day, I would guess that many of us at epic have had a day when we slid down the hill just a little too fast and could have caught an edge or been startled and done some serious damage to ourselves or others. "There but for the grace of God. . ." We can control many things about our own conduct on the hill, but we can't control all of the variables of snow and light and other skiers, and there's always a slight chance that any of us could cause an accident. Heck, World Cup racers sometimes go off course and hit officials and course workers, and they're basically alone on the hill.
I feel terrible for this girl's family and I feel horrible for the snowboarder kid, who has ruined his life because he made a stupid, testosterone- & youth-fueled error. But it doesn't mean all snowboarders or all kids are bad, any more than it means that all your neighbors are bad because one old lady from down the street who shouldn't be driving anymore backed over your cat.