Originally Posted by JackFrost
On the slopes..98% of the time no. When 2 skiers colide because they turn into each other at the end of a run when trying to stop maybe. When someone takes out another rider downhill from them no.
Sorry, I'd have to say that those 2 skiers are each 50% at fault.
Originally Posted by memosteve
I also find myself taking every oppurtunity, when it's safe, to look up hill as I ski...It's saved my bacon more times than I can count
Yea, whenever I change turn radius, especially short to medium or long, I look uphill. I also always look uphill befoe coming to a stop, or a traverse.
I had 2 interesting incidents in the last 2 weeks. The first was at 9am on an empty midweek day. I was fast overtaking a skier I recognized doing short radius turns along the left trailedge. I was ripping GS turns down the middle when he decided to traverse to the right, right in front of me. Since I saw him the entire way, it wasn't even close, but his face went pale and eyes went wide. I saw him later in the day and asked if he got scared. He said that wasn't a scared look, but was thinking, "How could I have made such a stupid move."
The second incident was also a wake-up call. I was again GSing down a fairly empty slope whe I saw 2 young snowboarders heading off-trail with the intent of jumping the berm back onto the trail. I saw the first kid jump without looking so I moved to that side of the trail, started doing short radius turns and timed it so I would be in his jump zone just as he was. Just as he was about to jump, I screamed in panic causing him to look up, see me, and fall on the berm. Of course I cold have totally avoided any move on his part, but he didn't know that. I stopped and asked if he was OK, he apologized profusely, and in a feigned shook up voice ( I wasn't in my patrol jacket since I was off duty), proceeded to give him my usual speech concerning blind jumps, spotters, and looking uphill. I can almost guarrantee those 2 kids will never take a blind jmp again.disclaimer
; I'm a professional and was in complete control. I don't recommend anyone try this maneuver at home.