Originally Posted by imataxman
"Self," I said, "Is there some magical law in the state of colorado or the municipality of vail that would allow a cop to display the legal authority to stop you on the mountain and give you a ticket for skiing too fast, or jumping to high, or destruction of property for sliding a picnic table, or stabbing someone with my pole for running into me ... (okay, maybe that last one would garner an assault charge) ... and if it did happen, would you do?"
Now i'm sure they would try and garner up some "actual" law like public intoxication, or wreckless endangerment, or maybe even disturbing the peace if, as noted above, my ipod was too loud, but a speeding ticket, that would be ridiculous and after thinking long and hard, i came to the following conclusion ...
It IS against the law to ski unsafely, even if you don't hurt someone. And it CAN lead to a fine.
That being said, I think that having deputies on the mountain is a good thing, more for preventative measures (as folks mention above) - punks are less likely to ski/ride like out of control morons if they know that 1. it's against the law to do so and 2. there are deputies around. They are also less likely to steal equipment too...