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 Specifically, I was reminded that skiing is a privilege, not a right, and consequently my ski pass was revoked for the rest of the 2012 season.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.
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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!