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Two scary stories

post #1 of 7
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I went Skiing at Mt. Sunapee in Southern New Hampshire yesterday. Very good conditions and not too crowded. Had a great time. But I witnessed 2 very disturbing incidents:

1. We were riding up the Sunbowl chair, and we saw a snowboard careening down the slope all by itself! It hit a ridge between the trail and the woods, and another boarder who’d been chasing it was able to stop it. Then it hit us: Snowboards don’t have release bindings, do they? And where the heck was the guy who ‘lost’ his board? About 200 yards further up, we saw the boardless guy walking out of the bottom of a section of glades – assumed his board hit a tree and came off his feet. Shouldn’t they have retention straps or something?

2. This next one’s even scarier. We were going up the summit quad over an intermediate cruiser. It was wide and smooth but had a fairly decent pitch to it. Then we heard a high-pitched little voice screaming, “Ahhhh!” in utter panic. We looked up the hill, and saw a little girl – maybe 6 or 7 years old going straight down the hill in a very narrow wedge at surprisingly high speed. There was a man behind her to one side (her Dad we assumed), and he was able to catch up to her and grab her left arm. Then he did a swooping turn/stop to the right. She fell over his skis and did a soft face plant. She was OK, thank goodness! I don’t want to pass judgement, because I don’t know the circumstances, and the guy did make a very nice move to save her, but I’m not so sure she’ll want to go skiing again anytime soon.
post #2 of 7
In Michigan, state law requires a leash on boarders (between boarder and his/her board, not around the boarder's neck) and brakes or safety straps on skis.
post #3 of 7

We enforce a tether rule at my area as well.

Boards don't "just come off" although now that I think about it, I did retrieve one that fell from the lift a few years ago.

What most likely happened is the rider took it off for some reason---to build a jump, check out someone elses board etc and the board got away. You see boards lying all over the snow around pipes and parks.

Was there a terrain park or pipe anywhere near?

It could happen, but it is very unlikely the board came off due to a fall.
post #4 of 7
Parents who take small, and not so small, children onto "blue cruisers" to teach them have long been a pet peeve of mine.
Today at Okemo I saw a small girl who had fallen down just below a large "roller". A posse of screaming snowboarders just missed hiting her (I swear, one of them went over her). I skied to the top of the roller to act as a "traffic cone". She was in tears, and couldn't get up. I'd say she was about six or seven. Her father was about 40 feet below yelling about how NOT to go about it. Once it was safe, I skied around to help her up, but by then she had gotten up by herself.
I skied past the father, thinking he might say "Thanks" and I might say "No problem", and all I got was an icy glare.
As for the boarders and runaway boards, nothing they do surprises me.
post #5 of 7
Last week I watched a real "dad" trying to give a six year old his first lesson.

No preliminary stuff... right on the chair to the top of our instructional hill. Now "dad" is demoing "how to turn", by jumping up in the air with the skis locked and parallel... :

I did get to boot him outa there for the safety of our classes below.

Harb ..... was that really you??
post #6 of 7
Retention straps or devices are required on snowboards in N.Y. also and is enforced. Lift attendands are supposed to check for them. I've seen runnaway boards before. Most end up harmless but some cause serious injuries. Most runnaway boards are from people carrying their boards back up the hill in half pipes and terrain parks. This is so hard to inforce. I've suggested nets below these areas but they probably won't get used.

As far as the runnaway child goes. I've seen that too many times also. Some parents find ski school lessons too expensive for their children so expert skiers that they are, they try to teach their kids to ski. Most kids won't listen to their parents at home, why do they think their kids will listen to them on the slopes. Second of all, you have to know something before you can teach something, which is a bigger joke. But hey, it provides for some good laughs on the lift.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 18, 2002 07:55 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Lars ]</font>
post #7 of 7
at my home hill, they are enforcing a "no leash, no load" law. Leashes are required by my state.

as for scary stories, how about head injuried and no helmets? An acquaintance of mine is in ICU curled up in the fetal psosition (very bad sign) because he was too macho to wear he helmet he does own.

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