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Vail Daily letter: Follow the code

To the person who claimed that snowboarders have no blind side and that complaints about this are a miss: If you knew the skier's responsibility code, which you have never heard of, you would know that the person in front of someone else has all the rights. You have no right to ever hit someone from behind. There are absolutely no excuses. It is your responsibility to avoid the person in front of you. In fact, a skier who has to turn around to see if someone is going to hit him is likely to run into someone or something in front of him because he is not watching ahead. Snowboarders do have a blind side since they are traveling downhill either facing right or left and cannot see easily someone ahead of them that is close-in on the blind side. The problem is both with skiers and snowboarders who travel at irresponsibly high rates of speed in a crowd and cannot possibly turn away from someone in front of them. I have been hit by both. I say that you cannot get your season pass unless you can recite the seven areas of the code and follow it. Here it is:

Seven points to your responsibility code:

• Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.

• People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.

• You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.

• Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.

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• Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.

• Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.

• Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

Don Donnalley

Edwards