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Old 02-25-2014, 11:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hmmm... Inspired by the speed record thread I thougt, this might be a good illustration on how quickly things can change...

Last run of the day, legs tired, heading down to the aprés, cruising mode, not fast.

Second 11. Skiers on left n right standing doing nothing - check. Boarder on the right heelside slipping - check. Skier girl on the left going left - check. Center is free - check. All good.

Second 12. Skiers on left n right still standing doing nothing - check. Boarder on the right still heelside slipping - check. Skier girl still going left on the left - check. Center is free - check. All good.

Still second 12. Still the same left n right, still good.

Still second 12. uhmmm...

Second 13. Holy plow U-turn !

Second 13. Slamming the breaks...

Second 14. chhhhhhhh...

Second 14. Standstill, centimeters away from her skies. She's still unaware of me...

only now she has seen me - and smiled :=)


Phew!
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Old 02-25-2014, 11:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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just...presume going 60mph...equals 88 ft per second
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Old 02-25-2014, 11:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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They can turn on a dime can't they???????????
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Old 02-25-2014, 12:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The coolest skier-parent I have ever seen was a lady in Tremblant who told her kid (about 7-8 years old) to watch out and not get in people's way after my partner had a real close call when that kid did a U-turn in a situation similar to this. It was icy and manoeuvrability was quite limited. Most people will still blame the faster moving snowboarder instead of their kid .
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Turons and noobs seemingly have no idea how fast some folks go...its abit fun to see the look on their face when there is a close call...and seen parent yell at the kids to get out of the way when they realize their kid is in the middle of a blasting zone.
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The coolest skier-parent I have ever seen was a lady in Tremblant who told her kid (about 7-8 years old) to watch out and not get in people's way after my partner had a real close call when that kid did a U-turn in a situation similar to this. It was icy and manoeuvrability was quite limited. Most people will still blame the faster moving snowboarder instead of their kid .
Well, technically... whoever's higher up the hill has to yield to whoever's lower. But if you get ran into being right doesn't really help you much.
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Old 02-25-2014, 12:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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At the hill there are 4 definite cross traffic areas...literally 90 degrees traffic crossing...kind of the locals unwritten rule is the slower yields to the faster...just wondering what is the proper etiquette? Assuming that both parties are negotiating avoidance maneuvers.
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Well, technically... whoever's higher up the hill has to yield to whoever's lower. But if you get ran into being right doesn't really help you much.
That's exactly the point! Sure, it's the responsibility of the people uphill to look ahead and plan accordingly (and he did avoid the kid, after all), but there are many things people do every day when engaging in these "multi-player" activities (from riding down a mountain to driving around a city) where even if it will not be your fault from a legal perspective, you could totally predict that a particular action puts you at a greater risk. It's very much worth it to watch out for situations where someone has a high likelihood to make a mistake. Very often you can take simple concrete steps to not make yourself an easier target.
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Old 02-25-2014, 12:55 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Well, technically... whoever's higher up the hill has to yield to whoever's lower.
Skiers abuse and take this way too far.

If you were driving, can you:

1. Take the whole width of the road (ie taking both left/right lane)? NO
2. Make signifficant changes in speed or turn pattern (ie changing lanes, swerving, etc) without looking? NO
3. Stop in the middle of the road for no apparent reason? NO

Total begginer boarders would probably do the same as skiers, except they're too busy wiping snow from their goggles after that faceplant/scorpion.

And obviously, green begginer runs are not the place to set your speed record, everyone should be aware of that.
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loved seeing some of the photo finishes in the olympic races!... .01 seconds difference was the front 4 inches of the board or less! that was awesome to see, and a tragedy for the ones who lost by that much!

i am convinced i am the only one on this mountain who looks uphill! almost creamed a lady the other day who pulled from the edge just as i went by at a good clip, she yelled 'ahhh' and probably pooped her onepiece, LOL

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