Originally Posted by MarkXS
That's awful. Somehow I'm not surprised though.
I've been hearing so many people who after taking a half-day never-ever lesson, ask me if they can ski down a blue-green run from the top. Some people are dead-set "doing" a run from the top as soon as they've learned how to put on their skis. Also lots of family/friend groups put peer pressure on them to join them.
Put somebody on a long crowded green groomer who doesn't have the skills and/or endurance to ski in control, add several hundred spring-breakers ripping past them, and you have a sad mixture of bad outcome possibilities.
Being a beginner I'd like to comment on this
. I don't believe a lot of very bad accidents happen with beginners. The simple reason for this is that 99% of the beginners don't move at any speed. Last vacation I made one normal fall (and another one in gruesome snowconditions
) and yes, that was on a piste that was too hard for me and for most people in that spot (about a third of the people there were falling; it was supposed to be a french red, but steeper than any black I saw). Including my own fall I saw maybe 10 people falling before I went. You can safely conclude this bit was dangerous. However, no falls I saw were anywhere near dangerous (unless you count sliding down 50 or 100 mete), simply because everyone was too slow.
So I don't think there is a great amount of danger in beginners trying out their possibilities. Actually we have to to be able to improve some of the time. The real danger in my opinion is in people just beyond beginners. In France I see a lot of people (for some reason a lot of snowboarders among them, probably an age thing) going really fast down an easy run which they are capable of. The only thing they cannot do is avoid that one beginner making an unexpected turn. I believe if you want to go down a mountain fast you just have to go where it is more quiet or so hard there are no beginners. In a perfect world all of us would have runs to ourselves (skiing in early december came close), but since this is not always the case we just have to adjust.
To get back on the subject: an accident like this is always terrible and unwanted, regardless of the level of the skier. While it is good to analyse and see the dangers to prevent them in the future we should watch out with pointing fingers.