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Old 03-27-2012, 09:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How often do skiers/snowboarders colide into each other?

As I said in another thread, I'm new to the world of snowboarding. One thing that kept me off the big mountain run and on the bunny slopes was fear of getting slammed in to from another skier or snowboarder. Esecially one who might be hauling ass behind me.

Are collisions like this common? Or do most skiers/boarders generally have good control and able to avoid one another? I also feel intimidated. I dont want to fall (which I'll be doing all day long cause I'm still learning) and get in someone's way.

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Old 03-27-2012, 09:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Don't worry about it too much. Yes it does happen by both types of riders and very little kids are the worst. They bomb, no control, don't know how to turn yet and can take you out from behind. This can also happen with boarders.

I wouldn't say they are common but they do happen and usually everyone gets up and walks away just fine.

Don't avoid runs for fear of getting slammed, avoid them do to your ability. You will progress and have more fun trying more advanced runs, again, within your ability. If your mainly a Green rider and you find a mellow blue, give it a shot. I wouldn't try an aggressive blue till you feel comfortable. Small progressions and you'll keep enjoying the sport.
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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In 19 years of snowboarding I've had one collision with another person, that was my best friend and we were flying beside each other. I'm goofy and he's regular, and he was on my back side facing away from me. To make things worse the right side of my goggle was fogged.

Needless to say it's quite rare!

Actually generally the bigger the mountain the less crowded the actual runs are.
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Old 03-27-2012, 09:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I don't think it matters how good you are, people fall and collisions happen. Your best bet is to make sure you are always riding in control, even if that means going slow(er) until you have the skills to control yourself. Yes, people ride/ski the mountain who don't ride in control, but people also drive cars who don't have control or the skills to control their car all the time. Be aware of your surroundings & know that it's the responsibility of the person behind you to avoid colliding with you. And if you do fall, or decide you need a break while riding down a run, try to move to the side so you're not a hazard to yourself and others coming down behind you.

In the end, have fun & enjoy your time on the mountain. If you feel like you don't yet have adequate control of your board, consider a lesson or 2. It will help build your skill & confidence on the mountain.
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Ok good answers. Now I wont feel as intimidated to try snowboarding down the big mountain. I was picturing snowboarding being brutally competitive like roller derby.
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Ok good answers. Now I wont feel as intimidated to try snowboarding down the big mountain. I was picturing snowboarding being brutally competitive like roller derby.
Here's a pic I took this year of one of the bowls in Fernie. If you look real close you might be able to make out a person or two. Generally it's a very peaceful, private experience, which is why you'll find a good portion of us actually like riding alone.

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Old 03-27-2012, 11:07 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The gotdamn gapers are the worst. I often go riding with my daughter (11 years old, her second full season). She's just linking turns and gotten enough confidence to ride the "big lift" to the top of the mountain. I've taken to just heel-sliding about 10 feet uphill of her just to keep the gapers at bay. I don't mind that people are n00bs, everyone has been a n00b before. But if you're a gotdamn n00b have the common courtesy to stick to the bunny hill until you can at least turn (i'm not even talking about linking turns, just a basic fucking turn to get out of the way). I myself am Asian and I hate to stereotype, but it's the gotdamn weekend Asian gapers that drive in from LA that are the worst. They get decked out in rental ski gear, have absolutely no idea what they are doing, and figure to get their money's worth they should ride to the top of the mountain and just bomb down the hill. You can tell that they're the LA Asian gaper crowd because they usually don't start showing up on the runs until late afternoon.

That being said, we've never actually gotten into a collision with a gaper mostly due to our vigilance and sheer good luck (we've had some close calls). THe only actual collision we've had was with a teenager snowboarder who was bombing down the hill with very little awareness of people around him. He sideswiped my daughter at full speed and seriously knocked the wind out of her. It was a big scare for us but luckily nothing bad happened.

tl;dr: don't be an asshole on the slopes, and watch your own six.
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This being my second season I have had my share of people running into me. My husband is usually like you are - behind me running interference and blocking people from me. However, as hard as he has tried I have had four 20 year old guys running into me as they are bombing down the hill out of control. I just was missed by a guy last weekend who was going the fastest I have seen out of control and missed me by about a foot - I swear, if he hit me full on as fast as he was going I'm not sure I would still be here today. Major trauma if he would have hit me. I've read this year about people dying from being hit by an out of control snowboarder and I was skeptical - but not now.

My husband has been boarding for 5 years and has not been hit yet - I think there is a target on my back that I don't see!!!!
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Here's a video of 2 of my small crashes from last year.

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