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Purchase of ski pass means accepting inherent risks of using it

Matt Scheer, avid outdoor enthusiast, Dillon

Thank you, Summit Daily for the opportunity to voice my opinion on the skier-snowboarder segregation proposal.

Dr. Donald Chisholm, your March 7 letter calling for segregation of the two sports was entertaining, however, errant. On Jan. 28, when you were hit from behind, the snowboarder was far from “in reasonable control.”

Secondly, when you bought your pass, you accepted more than just the inherent risks of skiing. Please read the back of your pass in its entirety. I do hope you’re on your way to a full recovery.



My credibility? Other than skydiving, hang gliding and street luging, I’ve enjoyed all gravity-induced momentum sports at one time or another.

My skis go the same place my board does, and that’s wherever I point them. As a beginner, my skis and snowboard crept sideways across the hill in the same, conservative, traversing motion, too. If anything, runs should be separated in terms of skier ability – oh wait, they already are.



My suggestion is for advanced folks to avoid green and easy blue runs because you’ll go slower, it won’t be as fun, and there’s a higher risk of injuring yourself and others.

Rookies should avoid hard blue and black runs because you’ll go slower, it won’t be as fun, and there’s a higher risk of injuring yourself and others.

It’s not wrong to feel prejudice about differences. It is wrong to act upon those feelings in ignorance. Skier-rider segregation is not as serious as discrimination, but it’s as childish as hating people because they’re playing with a different toy than you.

If runs do get segregated, you can bet I’ll be taking the first two “Rosa-runs.” I’m riding my skis to the bottom via the boarder runs, and if I’m still not in handcuffs, I’ll strap in and ride down the skier runs in protest.

Just out of curiosity, what crime would I have committed? You’re in more danger traveling to the county than skiing or riding in the county, and if you came on a bus, did you notice you could sit anywhere you chose? Pass with care.


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