ok, i've been meaning to ask this question for a while now. Everyone on here states that the skier comming down a slope is always at fault if they colide with a skier who is already down hill...
I agree that in MOST situations this is the case, HOWEVER in certain situations I have to dissagree...
1) skier stops under a rollover, steep drop off, jump or after a sharp turn and no-one comming from obove can see him/her..
- this is the downhill skiers fault, they should not have stopped in that location, one should be aware of where they stop
2) skier is skiing at a slow pace with an "abnormal ski patern".
- If you are skiing slower than the average traffic you can at the very least ski a predictable line. More than once I've almost crashed due to someone skiing wayyy slower than they should have and making turns at random spots. If you are doing that how can the obove skiers avoid you, when you decide to turn into their path at the very last second ???
3) BORDERS (skiers don't usually do this) sit in the MIDDLE of a run, and then move while still on their butt.
- it's fine if you are just sitting there, technically you should NOT be sitting in the middle of the trail but whatever I can ski around you. BUT it's not ok when your just sitting there and all of the sudden you think it's proper to cart-wheel to one side by 4 feet.. (had this happen last weekend almost killed me..he got a good dumping of snow/ice down his back)
that's really the only times I see the downhill skier at fault...
AGREE ?? DISSAGREE ?
let the fireworks begin.. hehe
I know and respect the code and have the skills and common sense to avoid any DH skier no matter what. I account for what, MAYBE 50% of the people on any given slope. Bottom line: ski smart no matter what. Don't assume an UH skier won't hit you if you do something stupid below. They may not be able to avoid you.
Here's something that I as a DH skier to cover example #2: If I'm going to make a quick or drastic change in my line across the fall line, I always look (quickly) to the side and up to make sure I won't ski into the path of somebody coming down the montain (covers #2). I use my ears too.