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Old 07-27-2009, 06:49 PM   #51 (permalink)
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QFT! i had a bad fall, broke some bones, and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't unstrap or stand up, I was just stuck in the middle of a run. several people rode past without even looking my way. finally someone helped me unstrap and I was able to stand up barely and flag down a patrol on ski mobile. Now I always pay extra attention to others that have fallen, and have helped out a few.
Yea i had the same problem at chesnut in the midwest... I broke my ankle and couldnt stand up and people just kept riding by like nothing was wrong, i finally used my board as a sled and got within 20 ft of the lift, and STILL no help. I finally made it to the lift with people just staring at me... thankfully one of the dumb lift op's called a snow mobile to take me up. What ever happened to the friendly midwest people?? When I was learning at mammoth, id get swarms of people asking if I was OK when I fell... I too always ask people if their good that fall and don't get out of the way right away.
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:25 AM   #52 (permalink)
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When i was last in the park some kid would have been about 6? absolutely fucked himself off a jump, and was just lying there, so i quickly put my board right in the middle for everyone to see and stood there until people uphill knew not to jump it, I was just about to go and check on the kid when some fuck wit of a skier decides he wants to jump it, im on the lip pointing and yelling to go around as the kid was right in the landing zone, but no he still does the jump. I felt like grabbing his legs as he went past me
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Old 07-28-2009, 02:15 AM   #53 (permalink)
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"If it isn't epic fail your not trying hard enough" mates motto lol get quite bashed up from one day. That's why the back country is so beautiful . I now despise trails and parks now too many people
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Old 08-03-2009, 09:12 AM   #54 (permalink)
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never snake. but if you have to, call it out. Ex: gaper kid is going way too slow to the lip and you're coming in hot, wait til u get right next to him and scream "SNAKES!" right in his face. This will detour him and give you the right-of-way to the feature.
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Old 09-05-2009, 05:45 PM   #55 (permalink)
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i think as long as you respect other riders and keep a watchful eye of your surroundings you'll be okay
the worst thing ive experienced was last year. me and a buddy stashed a couple beers off the main trail up on a hill, and both of us crashed pretty hard on the upper part of the mountain so we hit up the run that took us to the beer and sat down. as soon as we crack the cans open, some dude comes flying off the trail and he's headed straight for us. the dude must have been a newb cause he had 50 feet to make a decision but he decided to go straight and try and stop( we are direcly downhill from him). he ends up slamming into my buddies back board first and it pretty much ruined the whole trip for him.nothing pisses me off more than disrespectful riders! he didnt even say sorry
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Old 09-16-2009, 03:39 PM   #57 (permalink)
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DO NOT go through the park unless you're gonna actually hit the jumps. You're just taking up space if you're just ridin' through.
I see what you're saying, but I feel that I should point out that this is a pretty irresponsible statement. I think it is pretty standard for people to cruise through a park that they have never been through once to just check out all the features. Riding through over and over with no intention of hitting anything is stupid and you will be in the way, but there's nothing wrong with a quick once-over to scope out the features and landings, so long as you stay moving, call your drops, put a safe distance between you and everyone else, and generally be safe and respect everyone else there. This is standard procedure for every safety tip list I've ever read, and I know that a lot of instructors specifically tell people to cruise through the park once before trying anything big.

I don't like it when kids just hang out in the way any more than anyone else, but if you're mowing down kids just to be an asshole then you're not helping either.
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I see what you're saying, but I feel that I should point out that this is a pretty irresponsible statement. I think it is pretty standard for people to cruise through a park that they have never been through once to just check out all the features. Riding through over and over with no intention of hitting anything is stupid and you will be in the way, but there's nothing wrong with a quick once-over to scope out the features and landings, so long as you stay moving, call your drops, put a safe distance between you and everyone else, and generally be safe and respect everyone else there. This is standard procedure for every safety tip list I've ever read, and I know that a lot of instructors specifically tell people to cruise through the park once before trying anything big.

I don't like it when kids just hang out in the way any more than anyone else, but if you're mowing down kids just to be an asshole then you're not helping either.
Agreed, in fact we usually take a recon lap through the park every morning just to see whats up, you never know what the groomers have managed to fuck up overnight.
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:34 PM   #59 (permalink)
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My big pet peeve is when parents taking their kids through the park and have no idea how it works. The kids end up dropping as I do and theirs like 3 or 4 of them. Basically I lose all my speed for jumps and end up having to go around them. This happened a few times in one day.
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Hopefully I can add something here. I know I'm new to this site. But I used to help design and maintain parks (Winter Park) and worked very closely with ski patrol (along with doing their end of day sweeps).

If you have friends who are just learning have them watch from the side, DO NOT LET THEM go into the park if they do not have the ability to manuveur around the jumps, rails, etc. Worst injury I've every seen (well aside from someone dieing; was this situation).

If a jump or obstacle is blocked off (board or poles crossing off the front) go around. Don't test the park crews, nothing pisses them off more and they CAN get your passes pulled or do it themselves. You never know why the item is blocked.

If you're gonna duck a rope into the park (which you shouldn't) stop before going under and wait til the it's clear.

If someone is hurt or potentially hurt...GET PATROL. Do not try to tell them they're ok or move them. Getting patrol and guiding the riders above out of the way is the best thing you can do for them.

On jumps with multiple angles do not be afraid to be the one to back off if someone doesn't see you. The jump will still be there on your next run through the park. It's not worth risking the collision.

And as said above always, always take a recon lap. You never know what's changed.
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