Recently at Kirkwood I was skiing down towards a section of rocks, cliffs, & small airs. Above the exposure, it's a relatively gentle slope and towards the cliffs there are numerous orange 'caution cliff' signs and to the left and right of the signs are much more mellow alternative routes.
As I'm approaching the cliffs and lining up my, er, line, I notice a helmet below a slight blind rollover that's just above the cliff lines. As I get closer, I see a skier very cautiously side stepping down towards the rocks...my first impression was this guy got in over his head and is cliffed out, but why is he moving closer to the exposure? so as I get closer and the rest of the scene comes into view, I see that he is trying to rescue his son who is sitting down above some rocks with one foot out of his snowboard slowly sliding towards the cliffs. a few feet before the rocks was a steep icy pitch and it didn't look like his dad would be albe to stop him and if he did, I really didn't think he'd be able to hold his edges on the steep icy part above the cliffs. Holy ****...
So as soon as the dad looked up at me coming down it was obvious they needed help.... I edged/skied down above the kid (prolly 7 or 8 years old) and yelled for him to grab my ski pole.....so he turned around, grabbed it, and I sidestepped back up about 30 feet with the kid hanging onto my pole. once at the top I dragged him over to a safe, mellow spot where he could easily strap back in to his board. His dad, then needed the pole assist to sidestep over an icy part, and then he was able to traverse out as well.
Phew! so that felt good to be able to help. And then once they were safe, and out of the way, I pointed it from the top and aired the section they were stuck above. That felt even better