Otto Wiest
Vail, CO, Colorado

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April 24, 2013
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Vail Daily letter: Vail Mountain gone wild

We constantly talk about the fun of skiing, but it is no fun if you get hurt - especially when it's not your own fault.

It started in January when I ran into a big loose piece of rock as I skied the freshly groomed Dealers Choice run in Game Creek Bowl, getting an injury that took surgery and eight weeks to heal. This season one after the other of my friends got skied down, and I almost got run down by a boarder on a freshly groomed Lindsay's Run, the former International. The list of accidents I could write about is long.

What kind of sport is this?

If you think I am wrong or to nervous, simply go to the emergency room. There you will get a proper impression about the real fun of Vail Skiing.

There must be solutions to get this situation under control. It is not enough that Vail Resorts has well-designed rules with which you have to agree when you buy a ski pass.

I don't want to sue the ski company. I simply want to ski safe and without being hurt. It is a very bad idea to reduce control on the slopes by the Yellow Jackets. We need more of them, not less. I am also missing those bamboo poles that showed obstacles.

All those important signs like "Slow!," "No straight lining !" and so on are almost useless if there is no control.

If Vail wants to be the best ski resort, it really needs to have an organization on the ski mountain so that experts, children, snowboarders, freestylers, normal skiers, beginners, young people and old people can ski without the experience that the sport of skiing is dangerous.

This should not only be a problem of VR. It is also a problem of the town of Vail, of every single store in Vail and all the people who earn their money in Vail.

I don't know of anyplace worldwide where I get treated better and find more friendly help, but how does that fit to those Vail ski slopes where nobody seems to feel safe and every day accidents happen just because of wild and uncontrolled behavior?

Otto Wiest


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