What percentage of people at Vail on a given day know that this is a requirement? When I first moved to Colorado, I had no idea this was the law. Coming from New England, this isn't even a concept.The article says those who showed up to help told the teenager responsible to leave. So, note that in CO they were required to give their name and address. Telling them to just leave puts them in more legal jeopardy.
Based on that sample, 0 of 5.What percentage of people at Vail on a given day know that this is a requirement? When I first moved to Colorado, I had no idea this was the law. Coming from New England, this isn't even a concept.
More and more, I think passing a quick written test on safety is needed before being allowed to buy a lift ticket. 10 simple questions ought to do it!
If you can't see what's just around the corner, assume it's an instructor leading her flock of ducklings up the run, all 1 foot apart from each other and blocking the entire trail. i.e. be prepared to stop or take to the bushes beside the trail to get by.I've been in close approximation to a couple of collisions where trails meet....basically blind from either direction. If you can't see what may be around a blind corner, a little prudence goes a long way
If you're unable to avoid a skier/rider in front of you, by definition, you are skiing out of control..I would say not, Slowrider. One trail that is rarely straightlined, where I ski, is two sections of quite steep and wide enough trail. High speed skiing is not really my thing. Though I do ski fast, I don't ski that fast. It seems to me that it is a safe place to tuck since no one can come in from the sides. If someone is on the trail caution is required.
I wouldn't consider either to be the "main trail"... it's a huge wide open area. Here's a pic of the top of China Bowl, with the groomed areas highlighted (from a few years ago - it may be slightly different now, but the primary merge should still be the same). You can see the people too, as the little specks, so it's not that narrow an area anywhere. IMO, which trail is which is meaningless, because all of the legs of the "Y"s have different names, and after they all join, it's just "Poppyfields". These aren't narrow or blind eastern style trails that you'd get surprised on:IIRC technically Poppyfields West turns into Poppyfields above the junction with Poppfield East. Certainly the trail map shows this. So it's plausible that she was actually joining the main trail
That woman is going to have a long and difficult recovery. It's a painful injury. Prayers and well wishes to her.Precious lady skier.....praying and hoping she recovers from flail chest deadly trauma. I also have had multi rib (5) broken flail chest....beyond painful....hang in there sis.