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09-13-2010, 11:46 PM #1
Ski too fast, go to Jail, Utah resorts
"this is good, i see tons of fucking retard doooshmonkey faggot newschooler bump maniac skiers/snowboarders going way, way, way, too fast coming up to the lift and through the ski school areas." stolen quote
fewer snowboarders are guilty these days....strange eh?
Speeding Skiers Face Jail Time
September 13th, 2010 | Author: admin
Reckless skiing is a real problem in some areas. Those disobeying the speed limit signs in Utah may face jail time and fines.
The speed limit was put in place in certain areas where less experienced skiers are trying to learn the sport. Reckless behaviors of others have caused 10 percent of all collisions in Park City and Deer Valley. A report in the Salt Lake City Tribune states that reckless skiing is now considered a Class B Misdemeanor.
Ski patrollers will be monitoring the slopes in search of people disobeying the speed limits or skiing recklessly. The ski patroller can now call the police, and the offenders may find themselves in court. If a reckless skier is called to court, the patroller will be called in as a witness to the incident. If skiers are found guilty of reckless skiing, they will be fined 1,000 USD and face a six-month jail sentence.
Some ski resorts in Europe are also adopting the ski speed limit, including Switzerland’s Grindelwald and Verbier. Pierre-Yves Deleze with the Verbier Tourist Office said, ‘The idea is to allow beginners to learn without people skiing by them too fast and frightening them.’
The problem isn’t simply fast skiers. Other reckless behaviour also endangers other skiers on the slopes.
‘We did it because that’s what people wanted’, said Susanne Daxelhoffer at the Grindelwald area tourist office. ‘The project is based on complaints of people skiing too fast and therefore fulfills a need’, Daxelhoffer added.
Swiss ski resort Grindelwald was the first European resort to introduce a speed limit on one of its slopes. A growing number of high-speed collisions on crowded slopes helped fuel the decision to implement the 30kmph speed limit. France reported several deaths in the 2006-2007 ski season due to high-speed collisions.
Resort owners hope to combat deaths and injuries by decreasing speeds on crowded and beginner slopes.
Richard Slater, a British skier and father of three told reporters, ‘It’s particularly good if you have young children and want them to be able to ski without being hit by out of control skiers going too fast.’
According to BBC News, a study of 24 resorts reveals that all are keeping an eye on the experimental speed limit enforcements.
Speed limits for skiers and snowboarders might soon become commonplace on slopes around the world. The resorts of Park City and Deer Valley, both in Utah, are the first to implement a fine and jail time. Grindelwald and other European resorts that are adopting the ski speed limit do not plan to fine offenders. There they are simply warned to slow down.
When the proper amount of care and respect are given, skiing in general is a relatively safe sport. Some members of staff and skiers at the affected resorts are torn. They can see the importance of safer skiing, but some feel the punishment far exceeds the crime.
Some skiers see the new law as a way for authorities to control what they do in their leisure time. These skiers feel the law imposes unfair restrictions on a fast-paced, thrilling sport.
Skiers on the other side of the fence believe the law will stop some skiers from recklessly skiing and putting others in harm’s way. This law gives less experienced skiers hope that they can safely enjoy their time on the slopes.
A Swiss insurance group is installing timers on certain slopes. These timers allow people to see their speeds and should encourage them to ski within set limits. Ski resorts world-wide hope the implementation of timers and patrollers will help make the slopes safer for more inexperienced skiers.
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09-13-2010, 11:59 PM #2
well thats one more big leap america takes away from European style resort skiing. thank god for the BCCarry on my wayward son...
09-14-2010, 12:08 AM #3
Yeah as long as the fast people travel safely enough away from learners to compensate for new riders often random and sudden changes in direction I think the speed limit thing is bullshit.
09-14-2010, 12:13 AM #4
pussification of America....stolen quote.
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09-14-2010, 12:24 AM #5Addicted to blow...er.
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09-14-2010, 12:41 AM #6
I don't see a problem in setting aside a portion of the resort for beginner skiers to avoid those of us that don't like to turn. They aren't talking about any runs that anyone on here should even be skiing, much less hauling ass through.
09-14-2010, 12:48 AM #7Registered User
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why would i wanna rip down green runs anyway
09-14-2010, 12:58 AM #8Registered User
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09-14-2010, 03:28 AM #9
Isn´t this pretty normal? (Except the jail and $1000 fine part.)
Go too fast and out of control through "low speed areas" and expect to have your pass pulled. It´s just common sense, really.
Crystal ball gazing gives me this for the future though: General speed limits on the whole mountain, radar traps, tracking your skiing speed based on your lift pass data. And general stuff along these firstname.lastname@example.org DOWN SKIS
09-14-2010, 03:52 AM #10
I hate that speed is penalized versus recklessness in both skiing and driving. There is a time and place for skiing and driving fast. But if you are not reckless and skiing within your ability I think it is silly to set up a radar gun sign. In my car I usually speed up when I see those and might be tempted to do the same on skis.License to kill gophers by the government of the United Nations
09-14-2010, 04:22 AM #11
I gotta say there are some resorts that are designed like dog shit, forcing you through the beginner area on every run. That is just stupid.
Beginners need their own lifts and their own areas.
If they made one experts only fenced off high speed route back to the lift, most experts would take that route rather than weaving in an out of the cluckers.
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only a fake Rasta could make a claim like that
09-14-2010, 04:51 AM #12
This can't be for real. Half the ppl blitzing down out of control and kids who suck at skiing but think they're awesome.My drinking buddies say i have a skiing problem...
09-14-2010, 06:17 AM #13Helldawg Guest
If people would have just slowed down, and used a little common sense by respecting the learning zones, they would have self-moderated and this whole thing would be a non-issue.
But as with everything in life, people will fuck up any good thing they have, and then bitch like hell about the authorities coming down on them. Watch for compulsory helmet use next!
09-14-2010, 06:30 AM #14Registered User
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OTOH more reasonable thing to do is institute a ski or snowboard license for folks to be able to ski outside of the learner, slow, and gaper areas. To get out of the baby pool, you got to be able actually swim and tread water.
09-14-2010, 07:28 AM #15
Ski patrollers are NOT traffic cops. What is "too fast"? Obviously, out of control is another thing altogether. This is GHEY.Gravity. It's the law.
09-14-2010, 08:42 AM #16
09-14-2010, 08:57 AM #17
I can understand the reasoning for this. But again, most of us probably wouldn't be skiing in the areas where a speed limit is needed.
However, if they put up radar signs that display your speed, you bet your ass I'm gonna try and see how fast I can go.
09-14-2010, 09:02 AM #18
Jesus. Just don't go stupid fast in learning/slow zones. It's not that hard. You know how often you get out-of-control retards texas tucking straight down these runs and barrel right through the middle of groups of students on the hill? It's dangerous and annoying as fuck. But those people are idiots. Anyone on here should not have any trouble avoiding jailtime for going too fast on a green circle through a crowd of people who can barely stand on their skis.Life is tough. It's even tougher if you're stupid.
09-14-2010, 09:09 AM #19Registered User
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A shit storm ensued because these gapers didn't know the difference between good skiing and out of control. Plus the lobster traps just funneled everyone into a really tight space and caused a lot more collisions.
Thankfully they fired the gapers, took out the lobster traps and just put in some fences that got everyone going in the same direction. Now Patrol has a very low presence and as long as you make a few good turns and stick to the sides of the run, they pretty much don't care how fast your going.
I guess how they enforce the new laws will be key?
09-14-2010, 09:11 AM #20click click boom
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The article being cited by that link is from 2008. Nice job.
09-14-2010, 09:11 AM #21Registered User
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The best skiers in the world can lose an edge, have a momentary lapse. If that happens when you're blasting through a slow-speed zone at warp speed, using the beginners as slalom poles, you're probably going to hurt someone, maybe kill them. Even if you don't give a rat's ass about the person you hurt, keep in mind that your life is probably fucked for good. And, since you've also no doubt screwed it up bigtime for the rest of us, what with restrictions, rules, higher lift prices, etc -- well, there's gonna be some serious shit coming your way when we catch you.
09-14-2010, 09:16 AM #22
Anyone ever get busted for SWI.
09-14-2010, 09:19 AM #23Carry on my wayward son...
09-14-2010, 09:25 AM #24
I'm not skiing like a fuck head, I'm practicing my homage to Franz Klammer's '76 Olympic DH gold medal run and a crowded beginner run is the best place to practice.
09-14-2010, 09:33 AM #25
Does this mean I need to buy another radar detector?Johnny's only sin was dispair