Vail Daily letter: Hard lesson, but could have been worse
Vail, CO, Colorado
It was Saturday, which happens to be my Friday. Most of us locals know how that goes. I was heading down Columbine for the last run of the day when my season drastically changed.
I decided to throw a 180 off a blind roller and as soon as I was in the air, I immediately realized my mistake. There were three young kids with their father right under the break over, and I ended up colliding with an 8-year-old boy.
Accidents happen, but they can certainly be mitigated by smart decisions. Hindsight being 20/20, I should have been more cautious going over a blind roller, recognizing that it was the end of a busy weekend day on the mountain.
Luckily, the boy was uninjured and I learned some very valuable lessons about the responsibilities of skiing on the mountain. Specifically, I was reminded that skiing is a privilege, not a right, and consequently my ski pass was revoked for the rest of the 2012 season.
I would urge all skiers to learn from my accident and fully realize the conditions on the mountain this year. I was very fortunate only to lose my pass for the rest of the year and that we were both not seriously hurt.
Skiing is why most of us are here, and I found out the hard way how easily this privilege can be taken away. Don’t take skiing for granted and always be safe!