Carroll Hinkle: Misguided anger on the ski hill |

Carroll Hinkle: Misguided anger on the ski hill

Carroll Hinkle
Lubbock, Texas

I was proud of Vail resorts’ action in the assault at Beaver Creek on the young skier. While it is sometimes difficult to control your exasperation at people who don’t ski with regard to other skiers, I have had my share of near misses – usually near the base where slow skiing is the norm – with parents who do not look uphill before either sending their child across the fall line or turning into the path of a skier who is doing everything they can to avoid the little skiers or unsteady skiers. And while I may have said a few cuss words to myself, physically attacking another skier is not tolerable, especially an adult attacking a child. While I can appreciate his panic at thinking his child might be injured, controlling panic is the essence of the edge of risk in skiing, and attention to the “injured” is primary. What if his child had been injured? He left to go attack another child. What good was that to his child? I hope this poor soul gets the counseling he needs to prevent him from displacing his emotions on to others in a violent way. Thanks to the management of Vail Resorts for their surgical and quick action.

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