Originally Posted by samurai
*edit because I can't let it rest. You should be heartbroken. I would be. We all would be. Now, sack up and admit fault and let's all move on. Until then, you're just feeding the forum with hypotheticals. Hey, rules exist because people fark up. If you didn't fark up, then there would be no rules. Acknowledge your contribution to the system and don't do it again. Period. Then... preach why it's important to know what the fricking-hell is going on around you.
Its called an accident when two skiers are skiing in control and responsibly collide. Warren Miller has this same scenario on film--two pro skiers side by side who arced into each other and took each other down. I'm pretty sure they didn't get up and start carping to each other about the skiers responsibility code or pointing fingers.
To put it another way, if the code is so perfect, then there should be a lesson here. You say "don't do it again". Don't do what again? Ski? Can you explain to SMJ *exactly* what he could have done differently that would have resulted in this collision being avoided. Or more importantly how any other skier would have acted differently? If you can't do that (and its even harder if you weren't there), perhaps you might want to cool your anger a bit.
I guarantee that if you ride long enough, you will one day find yourself in this same situation. Maybe it will take 20 years, but eventually it will happen. Maybe your collision won't result in an injury, or maybe you will just have a near miss and scare somebody silly, but it *will* happen.
Will you be willing to "sack up" and take responsibility when somebody comes out of the trees right in front of you? Will you consider yourself fully responsible when you come around a blind corner or rollover and plow into a somebody who chose to stop and sit down there? How about on that cattrack when somebody comes over on you to avoid the rider that fell in front of them? If they are injured are you going to be willing to let them take everything you own because some piece of paper tells you that you are "responsible" by virtue of being the uphill rider?
Conversely, are you going to cling to the code if you suddenly change your line and crank a wide turn across the slope without looking up and close the door on somebody trying to pass? Or are you going to tell me you are perfect and you have never once forgotten to look uphill?
It doesn't matter how good you are--nobody is immune from this scenario. If you can't see that or aren't willing to accept it, you may want to consider a different sport.
SMJ I'm glad to hear you friend doesn't blame you. As I said, anybody with a modicum of experience knows how the game is played. Your friend clearly understands his role in this. If he wouldn't have ended up in the hospital, I bet he would have apologized to you for cutting you off. You would have been rightly annoyed at him.