Originally Posted by Mr. Crab
What I was taught was your "bail out lane "is a hocky stop, period. Anything else is out of control skiing. If you can't stop on a dime, anytime, anywhere, then you're out of control. Sure, there are runouts when you're hucking stuff or whatever, but these are usually very well defined. And, I usually never ski next to a bluff on a groomer because of wall hits coming down behind and keep an eye peeled for boarders flying out of woods- but this is in no way my responsibility, just self-preservation.
I once nearly took a kid's head off when hucking a cornice. He was standing under the lip and I never saw him- in fact, I never saw him at all, I kept right on going down the bowl and through the trees. My friend told me at the bottom. But if I had hit him, it would have been 100% my fault with all the consequences that go with that. It was a dumb place to stand, but he was not required to provide me with a "bailout lane" or any other kind of lane. Downhill skier/boarder has the right of way always. Period.
So, this is purely self defense against kooks, right? Most of what you're saying makes sense as situational awareness, but...you don't really expect us to provide you a bail out lane? Cheeze, it started dumping again after a slight lull. This here's a three day storm.
not your fault if you hit someone stopped below a blind off trail situtation still not something you want to do. but noone should stop in blind spot.
you stop dead on a traverse and dont get out of way, in or out of uniform I am going to let you know about it.
If you stop on a uphill runout like the supreme access. I have the right of way, I am the downhill
skier. You best get out of the way.
Downhill skier doesnt allways have the right of wall. I give everyone as much room as I can possiable can while skiing. but lets face it people who do random turns in the middles of what seems to be the same turn over again and sudden traverse the hill at 30mph with out looking over thier shoulder are bound to be hit at sometime.
Also I would contend being the fastest skier on the hill and staying in the fallline is the best way not to get hit on groomers. You dont have to worry about anything behind you and as long as you keep looking ahead and go the fastest you can appropriate speed for terrain, conditions, and crowds you should be fine.