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Letters: Collision on Vail Mountain could have been avoided

Compiled by Vail Daily staff
Vail CO, Colorado

Ski collision hurts

On Thursday I was enjoying a day off from teaching skiing and snowboarding with some friends when an out-of-control skier slammed into me and broke five of my ribs.

I was the only one on the lower part of the Meadow (my friends were above me) and was ripping big arcs on my race skis.

My assailant, who was straight running off of Look Ma toward the groomed part of Lower Meadow, slammed into me as I was making a right turn.

Witnesses said he hit me like a salivating NFL linebacker hitting a quarterback on his blindside.

After the ski patrol ” thanks guys for making me comfortable and getting me safely down to the waiting ambulance ” took the man’s information he was able to ski away with his wife.

To you, sir, I hope you enjoyed your apres-ski cocktails and nachos, and your meal at a fine Vail dining establishment. Me, I spent a few hours in Vail Valley Medical Center trying to breathe without crying.

As our busy season is about to begin you have now deprived me of my only source of income because you were skiing in such a selfish manner on terrain you obviously do not possess the skills to ski on.

There exists a skier and snowboarder responsibility code and it is a damn shame on a mountain as immense as Vail (where we claim to put only four people on an acre of skiing) you chose to share that acre with me and violate two of those rules ” ski and snowboard in control and the downhill skier or rider has the right of way.

I hope you are happy.

Oh, and next time you decide to make your skiing reservations ” consider taking a lesson from a qualified and well trained instructor. You ran over one on Thursday.

Jeff “Fog” Smith

Vail Snowsports School, Vail

Downfall of dual language

Points to ponder regarding your article on dual language programs.

Why do only immigrants who speak Spanish need dual language and not immigrants from Germany, France, Japan, Korea and other countries?

How did all the immigrants in the past learn English and develop many incredible companies in the United States without a dual language program? Why are we forcing children in the United States to learn Spanish?

Maybe they or their parents want them to learn another language.

Why is the international language of business English? When I traveled internationally I remember sitting at lunch in Tokyo and listening to three Chinese from different parts of China at an adjacent table speak English because they could communicate in English better than in their three Chinese dialects.

We are now spending less time teaching English to all children’s detriment and this is readily apparent if you have listened to both Hispanic and non-Hispanic people trying to speak English today.

Beric Christiansen


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