In the interest of not muddling up the tragic accident thread and trying to get some clarity for myself, I would honestly like to know for those of you who are bombing the run and not scouting out the rollers, and trying to get the best snow on the edges, and .......
If/when someone needs to stop on a trail, whether its to catch a breath, get some coaching or recovering from a minor mishap, or (fill in the blank)...... where is a good stopping place?
My general sense of courtesy says to stop near the edge and not over a blind roller, but if I had a minor mishap over the roller, I have no choice.
I've skied in clinics where we've stopped in a good spot on the side to get further coaching (not on a blind roller, or just past a bend).
Skiers/snowboarders trying to get the good snow on the edge (or just not paying attention) skied between us and the tree line, which was marginal space at best.
Seriously, I'm wondering if general courtesy and common sense goes out the window sometimes.
There are some basic rules I use to show courtesy to others while I ski, like:
- If I'm the uphill skier, I have the responsibility to ski in control so as to not hit a down hill skier/snowboarder
- When I stop to rest(or get coaching) I stop on the side
- when I merge into another run, I slow down and observe others who are merging
- when I start out after stopping, I always look up hill to make sure the run is clear
- When I come out of the trees, I always slow down to make sure I'm not cutting someone off.
It just seems that there is no safe place to stop anymore and I wonder if some other bears are experiencing the same thing.