You know I spend a lot of time up at Big White in the winter. We’ve been family season’s pass holders for a number of years now. I ski and board, as does the rest of my family and watching my daughter go through the ski and then snowboard programs was both great to see the progress and terrifying to watch her get faster and faster.
I just got back on my snowboard a few weeks ago, after 16 years, and suddenly remembered that sense of just how fast skiers go by. It was a wake up call to be more aware when I’m skiing past newer snowboarders. Kind of like how being a motorcyclist has made me a better driver. My awareness is higher.
My point for all this is how aware are you? Do you know the responsibility code for the hill your tackling?
Those from the industry are noticing some tough trends that could be costing lives. Fewer people wearing helmets, more people skiing or boarding alone, more people going out of bounds and not bringing the correct gear to do those trips and more people just generally not paying enough attention.
My teen niece crashed just two weeks ago and lost her 4 front teeth. She doesn’t even remember what happened.
A 21 year old lost his life at Big White this past week after hitting a tree.
Are you doing your part to keep yourself and other’s safe on the hill?