|Originally posted by Stan from Pa:
Sorry FunkyBob- you punched my angry button with your comments.
If you are skiing or boarding behind someone, it is your responsibility to stay clear of them, because they cannot see you. The only possible excuses for failing to do so is if you fall and thereby lose the ability to control where you go, or if someone who was stopped on the trail suddenly starts into your track without warning or first looking. Otherwise, if you hit someone, it is your fault, and if there are injuries, you are liable. It doesn't matter whether the person you hit was skiing on a slope that was over his head or not.
I have been skiing for 45 years, including racing when in HS, and have somehow managed to avoid hitting anyone. I have been hit by a snowboarder, and watched some jerk who was talking to his buddy, not even watching where he was going, slam into my then 8 year old daughter and try to say it was her fault. I have no sympathy for anyone who claims that they have the right to ski as fast as they want, regardless of the danger to others. If you want to take personal risks, that is fine, skiing involves taking risks. However, I draw the line when you put others at risk.
No one has the right to pretend that they are the only person in the world, or that the rules which keep this a civil society do not apply to them. People who act that way are called criminals.