Joyce: At Breckenridge Ski Resort, two crashes and two very different reactions
January 31, 2015
What are the chances that a husband and wife would be crashed into on the same slope on the same run? My wife and I started out on Centennial run on Peak 10 at Breckenridge.
I was about 50 yards downhill from the starting area when I heard a strange noise and looked at my skis and saw a snowboard about 12 inches from my skies and closing fast. The next thing I knew I was on my back on the snow with my head facing downhill. The boarder who hit me never even stopped to see if I was injured. I hope he felt macho that he put a 73-year-old skier on his back. Fortunately, I was not hurt.
Farther down the hill my wife was hit from behind by a skier who was much bigger than her. After they collided, they both fell and he grabbed her to protect her while sliding downhill and they slid about 100 feet down the hill together. The skier repeatedly apologized and said it was his fault and hiked up the run to retrieve my wife's skis, which had popped off, and stayed with us to help me get my wife up and back in her skis. My wife and I decided to go to the Ten Mile Station to get some hot chocolate and calm down. The skier wanted to accompany us to make sure that my wife arrived there OK. We told him that it was not necessary and thanked him for all his help.
The difference between the boarder's and the skier's actions are obvious.
While I understand that all boarders are not idiots, I cannot help but think that many boarders do not accept or even acknowledge responsibility for their actions.
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