Originally Posted by klkaye
I was skiing with UL yesterday discussing the people on the trails ... we had just navigated through a minefield (typical run out where four trails merge in 'green trail heaven' toward a base chair lift) of skiers and snowboarders ...
This is where the ugly stuff happens - in green trail heaven
. You get inexperienced, small children who are prone to making sudden and unpredictable turns across the hill on the same roads/trails as skiers and boarders who are trying to get off the hill at the end of the day and it is a recipe for tragedy.
As a father of two newish skiers (8 and 11) I am always stressing to them to stay on one side of the trail and to not make any sudden turns or stops. Then I ski behind them. And I am still stressed.
I don't think it is enough for the resorts to say that it is in the skier's code and printed on your lift ticket that skiers who are overtaking must use caution etc. etc. This just doesn't happen. There needs to be a more proactive strategy to dealing with these trail bottlenecks.
I have seen it coming off of Blackcomb, Sunshine, Nakiska and Lake Louise and it scares me how often and close people are coming to getting really hurt. I can't imagine how bad it could be if you mixed in Eastern glare ice into the equation. Doubly special are skiers who cut through beginner areas at warp speed and then act all righteous. I saw this at Blackcomb where someone went and talked to a skier who was straight lining it through a roped off beginner's area. He got all pissed as he thought he was in control. He may have been but the beginers in the roped off beginner's area were not.
I am all for going fast but do it in a responsible manner and then no one gets badly hurt.
These traverses and ski outs become shooting galleries for new skiers and boarders and they are starting to get hurt really bad. And it is totally not their fault. Worst is when you get an inexperienced instructor taking a class down a cat run...if I paid money for my kid to be in the class I would expect a fair degree of common sense to come into play!
Anyways - don't know what are potential solutions...
-more signage (I ignored all slow signs when I was a teenager)
-fences across the hills to force turns and lower speeds (might make situation worse)
-post skier educational info on towers/inside gondolas
-public floggings for repeat offenders ((I would volunteer (to flog) if my kid got hit)
-maybe narrow entrance way at the top of runs to reduce volume onto trails - at that point have patrollers telling everyone to chill and stay left except to pass and to keep speed checked
It seems everyone agrees this is a problem - what are workable solutions?