Originally Posted by memosteve
I actually hit a tree at Skibowl this last saturday and ended up in a treewell.
Fortunetely, I had two friends behind me that saw me and were able to get me out right away. They both said that if nobody was around, I'd still be there because you couldn't see me.
What happened was the ski school kids (mogul busters, they're called) were fallowing the instructor and crossing the entire trail in wedge turns. I crested over a steep roller, at speed, and there they were...About 8 of the kids taking up the entire trail in the middle of the steep and I was totally cut off. I had to slam on the breaks and go all the way to the outside of the trail to avoid slamming the instructor and kids.
I caught an edge in the deep crust on the side of the trail and got tossed in the air backwards right into the forest. At least I scrubbed off most of my speed before going in. This was a fairly narrow trail that's labled as a black diamond, although closer to a blue run w/some steep rollers. It's probably a black due to the narrowness of the trail.
I'm going to talk to the school director because kids who are still wedge turning shouldn't be on that trail and I don't understand their practice of teaching kids the bad habit of taking an entire trail to make turns.
The instructor didn't even stop to see if I was o.k..
This situation couldn've easily been another story about good skier dies hitting tree.
I do take responsibility for my actions, but for the conditions, I was skiing in control and should be able to reasonably expect to ski the way I was skiing given the trail's rating.
At Skibowl, I see this method of teaching incorporated all over the hill, not just this particular trail.
I hit the tree backwards w/my head and back. I didn't break anything, but did suffer a mild concussion which basically gave me a constant mild headache that lasted until yesterday.
This insipid post boggles my mind. I was there training SuperG with Brett, WHAT THE HELL DOES YOUR POST HAVE TO DO WITH MY FRIENDS DEATH, the topic of this post.
BTW, YOU CLEARLY WERE NOT SKIING IN CONTROL FOR THE CONDITIONS OR YOU WOULD NOT HAVE ENDED UP IN A FREAKING TREE WELL. BY THE WAY, SKIERS CAN USE AS MUCH OF THE SLOPE AS THEY WANT AND SKIERS THAT CAN ACTUALLY MAKE TURNS TEND TO FINISH THEIR TURNS BRINGING THEM ACROSS THE HILL.
Here, this may help you in the future
- Ski under control and in such a manner so that you can stop at any time or avoid other skiers or objects.
- When passing or overtaking another skier you must avoid the skier below you.
- You should not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
- When entering a trail or starting a descent yield to other skiers.
- Check your equipment daily - particularly your release bindings. All skiers must use devices while skiing to help prevent runaway skis. Runaway skis can be lethal whether on the trial of from falling from an aerial list. You have a responsibility to your fellow skiers to prevent injury to them.
- You shall keep off posted trails and posted areas and observe all posted signs.
- Follow instructions carefully when using ski lifts.
- Please observe all posted "slow skiing areas".
- Do not ski slopes too difficult for your ability.
- Do not jump or perform "aerial" maneuvers.
This is called the "Skier's Responsibility Code" and if you knew this you'd understand that people that DO MAKE TURNS and ARE BELOW YOU HAVE THE RIGHT AWAY.
Past that, this statement is past idiocy;
|I don't understand their practice of teaching kids the bad habit of taking an entire trail to make turns.
Rather they should be skiing straight down the hill (in your mind probably "Switch") at 50 MPH so any poor adept skier making round turns is in danger for their lives from getting hit from behind - as you almost did to the poor kids and their instructor?
Lastly, a man died here and from circumstance you do not understand and probably could never understand (as I highly doubt you are a extremely skilled Master Racer, right?). Show some respect and post your own pathetic whiny story in your post, not here.
This sickens me