Originally Posted by Chaos
Ok, issue time. A snowboarder goes down the hill sideways so that their peripheral vision of the fall line is limited. What's a safer view, full peripherals or partial peripherals? I can appreciate how this snowboard patroller got you down safely, but there's no way that his mode of sliding is the ideal one for safely transporting individuals down steeps hills.
OK, real world experience time. A patroller on a board trailing a loaded sled on a steep slope NEVER gets on the toe side, NEVER got sideways, at least on my ride. He stayed face downhill the whole time, heel side controlling a very slow decent, except after stopping to check on me. On the runout I guess your point has some merit, but I didn't feel at risk. I would think a patroller with a loaded sled would keep very situationally aware, that goes for what ever is on his feet.