Always stop....if your berated....let the parent know how you feel....if you wish and can back it up, if necessary. I usually have a smile on my face.
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1/5/09 at 8:42pm
It's not "protocol"...it's "law".
One of the skier's (in the broadest of terms) code of conduct rules specifically says so (the FIS code of conduct has varying points, usually from 10 to 12)
In an old publication I read :
"At accidents, every skier or snowboarder is duty bound to assist"
The fact that people reacts rudely if one comply to it, "just" because its' "their" children and that because "they can do it alone" show how widespread it's the ignorance of the Skier's code of conduct (and of the basics of "how-to-behave" )
Oooooh, really good point. I'd almost forgotten about that. Here's a copy of it. It used to be printed on the back of every lift ticket I bought, but I notice it's not there from any of the 5 resorts I've skied at this year.
FIS CODE OF CONDUCT
The International Ski Federation (FIS) has developed a set of rules governing the conduct of skiers (note that all potentially dangerous skiers are assumed by FIS to be male!)
1. Respect for others. A skier must behave in such a way that he does not endanger or prejudice others.
2. Control of speed and skiing. A skier must ski in control. He must adapt his speed and manner of skiing to his personal ability and to the prevailing conditions of terrain, snow and weather as well as to the density of traffic.
3. Choice of route. A skier coming from behind must choose his route in such a way that he does not endanger skiers ahead. In other words, the skier in front/below always has priority.
4. Overtaking. A skier may overtake another skier above or below and to the right or the left, provided that he leaves enough space for the overtaken skier to make any voluntary or involuntary movement.
5. Entering and starting. A skier entering a marked run or starting again after stopping must look up and down the run to make sure that he can do so without endangering himself or others.
6. Stopping on the piste. Unless absolutely necessary, a skier must avoid stopping on the piste in narrow places or where visibility is restricted. After a fall in such a place, a skier must move clear of the piste as soon as possible.
7. Climbing and descending on foot. Whether climbing or descending on foot, the skier must keep to the side of the piste.
8. Respect for signs and markings. A skier must respect all signs and markings.
9. Assistance. At accidents every skier is duty-bound to assist.
10.Identification. Every skier and witness, whether a responsible party or not, must exchange names and addresses following an accident.
I'm in full agreement with this. I have and will continue to slow down or stop and check on anyone who might be hurt, and it doesn't matter what their age is. If someone yells at me for checking on their kid, it will not stop me from doing it again for someone else. It's the right thing to do in any situation.