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Stem the greed for speed

Vail Daily Editorial
Vail CO, Colorado

Conner Brannen was enjoying her vacation on Vail Mountain when a skier who couldn’t contain his or her greed for speed flattened her, sending the 18-year-old visitor from New Hampshire to the hospital with a broken vertebrae.

The skier left Brannen screaming and writhing in pain on the often busy Red Tail run, and Beaver Creek Mountain says reports of such collisions are up this season.

Most of us who ski and ride love to go fast. Most of us, even if we prefer the bumps or the trees or the backcountry, love to let it rip on a groomer every once in a while. But we shouldn’t get our jollies at the expense of others.

Seems there are skiers and snowboarders out there who have decided their cravings for velocity must be satisfied at all costs, even if it means sacrificing the well-being of the other folks sharing the mountain.

There is a time to let it all hang out and there is a time to chill out. In crowds, in areas where several trails meet, on catwalks, at the bottom of the hill at the end of day is when we all should ease off our throttles and focus on some of the other joys of skiing.

Like the scenery or fine tuning our turns.

Or the sheer bliss of not running somebody over.

” Matt Zalaznick for the Editorial Board


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