Wow--some strong opinions here! As always, everyone is entitled to his own opinion. But the law is really quite clear, and while it protects your right to HAVE an opinion, it will still lock you up if your opinion causes you to break the law!
ANY skier/rider/whatever who cannot avoid any other person in front of him is out of control. This is both the law and basic common sense. You can't expect someone to get out of your way--or not to do something, stupid as it may be, that gets them IN your way. Falling, stopping, sudden turns--these are all things that happen on the slopes, and all participants have a legal and moral obligation to allow those ahead of us to do these things without our running into them. Period.
And what about those families--or anyone else--who venture onto black diamond runs before they are "ready" (in someone else's opinion)? While we may question their judgement, is it not their right to decide for themselves what sort of "adventure" they want to experience? Did they not pay as much for their lift tickets as everyone else? They are no more "in the way" than any tree, rock, lift tower, or fallen-and-injured "expert" on the run! The person who cannot avoid them is the one out-of-control, the one who does not belong there!
If anyone missed it, you might be interested in the heated discussion we had last fall regardingNathan Hall
, the lift operator at Vail who took air over a blind roll and caused a fatal collision. Hall was found guilty of a felony.
Yes, it is stupid to stop below a blind roll. It is stupid to make sudden, unpredictable stops and turns on a crowded run. It is stupid (arguably) to venture knowingly onto a run way over your head. But there is no law against stupidity! And there are plenty of other reasons besides stupidity that someone could be lying on the snow around that next bend....
"You turned in front of me" I've been told, after being hit from behind. "Of course I turned in front of you," I say, "I WAS in front of you. Where the Hell ELSE could I have turned?"
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 22, 2001 07:49 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Bob Barnes/Colorado ]</font>