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Everyone on the Slopes Needs to Share the Mountain

Fittingly Mad: Share the Mountain

I have written here before urging and maybe complaining about the need for both cyclists and drivers to share the road, since I have been on both sides of the situation. Now, I must tell you I feel the same way about the slopes – you've got to share the mountain, people. On busy weekends, snowy mountainsides are filled with skiers and boarders of all levels. It can feel crowded and scary. Both newbies and experienced skiers/riders need to be aware of each other. Seems simple, right?

I know that people who spend all their Winters going downhill fast (I mean that in a good way) feel really in control of their motions. But skiing quickly and closely to a downed newbie adds another layer of fear to the green skier who has lost a ski or a boarder giving his or her bum a break. So be mindful and use those skills to steer clear of those learning to love downhill sports.

On the other hand, if you are new to skiing or boarding, pay attention. Your job as a newbie is to get down the mountain in one piece, but that also involves being aware of your surroundings. Ski or board defensively. I do hope that experienced mountain folk will be on the lookout for you too.

Hopefully, we will have a long ski season so everyone will get his or her fair share of powder days — "getting some fresh-y," as I like to say.

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darceyy darceyy 8 years
I just got back from a ski trip in the Poconos and on my last run, I was blindsided by a snowboarder from behind as I was making a left turn! I am an experienced skier, but I didn't see this guy coming at all. I was so pissed! I was in so much pain that I had to ride down the mountain in a first-aid sled--so embarrassing! Anyway, the snowboarder was totally at fault. The park ranger kicked him off the mountain, voided his lift ticket and took down his information. He isn't allowed back on the mountain until he attends a safety seminar. That made me feel better. The guy hit me out of nowhere, left me severely bruised and didn't even apologize. Anyway, be careful out there and remember: you are responsible to avoid or signal to skiers/riders downhill of you!
njau njau 8 years
I totally agree with the last comment. When I was younger there were rules posted everywhere making sure that you stopped where you can be seen - and NO ONE seriously follows that anymore. I am an experienced boarder and I go fairly fast - but really stick to the blue and black runs - and with my speed and people sitting just below a jump is not good!!! I get angry because I am always on the look out and they really aren't courteous anymore.
Tari007 Tari007 8 years
I totally agree with Fit. I snowboard in New England and I understand the stress that new skiers and especially snowboarders can cause others trying to get down the trails. I was at OKEMO, VT two weekends ago and it was pretty bad. Unexperienced skiers and riders would go all the way up to the top and try to get down on blue and black trails... not knowing what the hell they are doing. Nerve-wracking! This past weekend I went to Killington, VT and it was 3/4 of the same. Lots of begginers, which is great because it's nice to see that people still like to hit the slopes regardless of the expensive lift-ticket price (almost $80.00 per day!), but they have zero courtesy and they stop whenever....wherever! The mountain ambassadors try their best to tell everyone what to do, but there are too many on the mountain who are quite unaware of their surroundings...it's stressful. I still love riding though! You just gotta do it with four eyes wide open!
Tari007 Tari007 8 years
I totally agree with Fit. I snowboard in New England and I understand the stress that new skiers and especially snowboarders can cause others trying to get down the trails.I was at OKEMO, VT two weekends ago and it was pretty bad. Unexperienced skiers and riders would go all the way up to the top and try to get down on blue and black trails... not knowing what the hell they are doing. Nerve-wracking!This past weekend I went to Killington, VT and it was 3/4 of the same. Lots of begginers, which is great because it's nice to see that people still like to hit the slopes regardless of the expensive lift-ticket price (almost $80.00 per day!), but they have zero courtesy and they stop whenever....wherever!The mountain ambassadors try their best to tell everyone what to do, but there are too many on the mountain who are quite unaware of their surroundings...it's stressful. I still love riding though! You just gotta do it with four eyes wide open!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
This is probably why I don't snowboard often. The first time I went snowboarding, I went with a guy that was a lot more experienced than me. He flew down the slope without me and I ended up trying to get down the slopes on my own. I flailed around and fell a lot and even though I TRIED to stay out of the way of everyone else, people still swore at me and pushed me into the fence on the side of the run. I got so fed up with it that I faked a knee injury so I could stop snowboarding for the day.
julieulie julieulie 8 years
Skiing/snowboarding out of control and not paying attention to your surroundings is one of my biggest pet peeves, ever. I'm an experience skiier; I raced throughout my entire childhood so I know what I'm doing out on the slopes. I'm not an inexperienced skiier sitting down in the middle of a hill where I'm likely to get run over. I was skiing with a less-experienced friend and waiting for her to make it down to where I was; I had stopped, on a flat section of the hill between two steep slopes, waiting along the very edge of the trail, when two snowboarders racing each other came flying down out of control, and one rammed right into me. I was knocked backwards off the trail (since I was waiting at the very edge out of the main path), rammed my head into a tree and had to get stitches, and wound up with the snowboard jammed in my side between ribs, breaking 4 ribs in total. I know there are plenty of snowboarders out there who are completely responsible but the whole experience just left me with a loathing of the sport in general. I hate that what used to be one of my favorite activities where I could be totally relaxed and just have fun now leaves me nervous and stressed and constantly turning around on the lookout for snowboarders because I don't want them ANYWHERE near me.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Same here. I've gone skiing one and only one time, and I remember falling down at one point, and as I was trying to get back up people were coming super close to me and going really fast. Never again.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
This brought back some bad memories from my day of Loon Mt in NH.
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