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Dr. William Spady: Dangerous situation at Keystone

Dr. William Spady
Dillon

There’s a tragedy waiting to happen at Keystone that can easily be prevented. I routinely stop at the top of the River Run slope at Keystone to assess the often problematic situation below before starting down. Twice in the past couple of weeks, I have looked behind me before proceeding to see very inexperienced skiers slowly coming toward me across the deceptively flat area that leads to the very steep descent. On both occasions I have waited for them to come to the brink (of disaster?) and motioned for them to come over to me so we could talk. In both cases they were lost, didn’t know what awaited them, and completely lacked the skills to get down that long, steep and usually icy slope on their own. Happily I was able to coach each of these terrified people down safely with a minimum of falls and tears.

What’s the remedy? Keystone needs to post very large warning signs across the entrance to the flat area above river Run which clearly guide beginners/green skiers over to the gondola mid-station so they can go to the bottom that way. It’s both the safe and smart PR thing to do. What novice skier wants to finish her/his day in a hopeless, dangerous, demoralizing situation like River Run?

And, yes, there might also be a sign up there warning snowboarders that straight-line runs at 60 m.p.h. will assure them of having their passes pulled by the army of yellow jackets and law enforcement personnel waiting for them at the base of the run.

Hello, Keystone management, are you listening?


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