Friday, December 30, 2016

Shoulder Check Please

I did a quick stop twice today on the hill. First time, a skier was below and to my right. There was a fair distance between us, and her turns and directions were consistent. She made a sudden change of course to cross in front of me, and I did a high speed stop to avoid her. Being the downhill skier, she had the right of way. I should have called out that I was passing on her left. With a big change in direction, it would have been prudent for her to shoulder check before altering course. I knew who it was, and was watching to see if she would go left into the little jumps.

Second stop, I was coming down Baldy Trail, a skier came off Burn Baby Burn in front of me without looking up the trail.

I know them both - all three of us have skied Baldy for years...........we all have to be more vigilant with the increase in skier traffic. Here is the Alpine Responsibility Code for a reminder.

Alpine Responsibility Code

There are elements of risk that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Regardless of how you decide to use the slopes, always show courtesy to others. Please adhere to the code listed below and share with others the responsibility for a safe outdoor experience.
  1. Always stay in control. You must be able to stop, or avoid other people or objects.
  2. People ahead of you have the right-of-way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  3. Do not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
  4. Before starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  5. If you are involved in or witness a collision/accident you must remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol.
  6. Always use proper devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  7. Observe and obey all posted signs and warnings.
  8. Keep off closed trails and obey area closures.
  9. You must not use lifts or terrain if your ability is impaired through the use of alcohol or drugs.
  10. You must have sufficient physical dexterity, ability, and knowledge to safely load, ride, and unload lifts. If in doubt, ask the lift attendant.

Know the Code – Be Safety Conscious!
It is your responsibility.

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