True ConfessionsI actually hit someone at Taos about two years ago. Both he and I were in a slow skiing area and both of us were skiing slow (I was less than 20 mph). I was slightly uphill. But he was a beginner, skiing erratically, and took a line where he skied right into me (he did a zig zig instead of a zig zag).
So here is the best part. Rather than slam into him and potentially cause injury I opened by arms and gathered him in a big bear hug. The impact took him out of both bindings and me out of one but I stayed on my feet no problem, I was able to absorb the impact with my thighs.
As you may have already guessed, the kid was a beginner about eleven or twelve, I would guess that he was slightly over a hundred pounds. But even if he weighed more I am still pretty sure that I wouldn't have had a problem carrying him.
Needless to say, the kid was pretty scared and was screaming his head off, but was not hurt. Neither was I, and there was no gear breakage. I hung around for a while just in case anything was wrong, but everybody seemed ok. His mom was just a little farther down the hill and was there to make sure everything was all right.
The reason I tell this story is that no matter how careful you are, accidents do happen. This time both I and the kid were lucky, but you never know the next time. Also, I'm pretty sure that if I had popped into him, rather than carrying him, that something bad could have happened.