PISTE COLLISION DEATH SPARKS DEBATE
17th March 2019
A 45-year-old Swedish skier died in Alpe d’Huez. Collisions on the piste are a growing concern & there’s been huge reaction. UPDATED
The accident happened on Sunday morning after the skier was in collision with a skier from the Czech republic.
It occurred at around 10.30 on a wide blue run.
The emergency services were on the scene swiftly and a local doctor was sent to attend to the victim.
Their efforts were in vain.
An investigation into the accident is underway but there are no further details at the moment.
It is the latest accident on piste and we have reported others this season on PlanetSKI.
It has led to many believing something should be done.
Many people are genuinely concerned about over crowded pistes and a small minority of skiers coming down the slopes out of control.
“It is hard to tell if there are actually more collisions on piste than there used to be as figures are very hard to come by,” observes the PlanetSKI editor, James Cove.
“However the faster lfits certainly put more people on the slopes and developments in ski technology allow many people to ski faster than they would otherwise.”
“Also, it perhaps makes some feel they are better skiers than they really are and they progress to slopes that are outside of their ability and they lose control.”
There had been huge reaction from PlanetSKI readers on the issue of crowded pistes with people sking and snowboarding out of control.
Plus what might be done about it.
This story alone has had almost 10,000 people read it.
Here’s some reaction from our Facebook page:
DavidVernice Cohenâ€ª …or a snowboarder cutting to his blindside without looking!!! Or a skier or snowboarder shooting out of the trees onto a groomed slope or a track without looking! It’s all about traffic control and public safety. Distracted riders and alcohol are also a problem, just like on our roads and highways. Please fix it!â€¬â€¬â€¬
Richard J Stephensâ€ª Too many people riding with earphones in or chasing their last top speed on ski tracking apps rather than paying attention to what’s going on around them IMHO.â€¬â€¬â€¬
Jane McGarryâ€ª Richard J Stephens I was also going to mention the top speed and mileage apps; but also some of the younger generation seem to just not give a damn about other slope users…â€¬â€¬â€¬
Mihály Rhedéy Bethlenâ€ª Richard J Stephens That’s true even more than booze or drugs. Certain tunes, will cause unintended acceleration with no hope of hitting the brakes in time. â€¬â€¬â€¬
â€ªLudicrous Speed… turning to Plaid…stuff like that. Scary.â€¬â€¬
Carl Schockâ€ª A. Ski patrol should be able to determine if you belong on a trail based on ability. Most people don’t belong on black diamonds or even Blues for that matter. â€¬â€¬â€¬
â€ªB. Ski patrol should be empowered to dismiss anyone who rides recklessly, or with excessive speed in a crowded area. No warnings. …See Moreâ€¬â€¬
â€ªKersti Viccariâ€ª Few skiers seem to know or abide by the FIS rules, such as looking up the piste before they start, stopping on the side of the piste etc.â€¬â€¬â€¬
â€ªPhil Kellyâ€ª There are signs at all lift stations, but they need to be more prominent.â€¬â€¬â€¬
â€ªMihály Rhedéy Bethlenâ€ª Kersti Viccari Rules? Nobody wants to hear about rules. Rules lead to cops. And nobody wants cops on the hill anywhere in the world.â€¬â€¬â€¬
â€ªBrian Morrisonâ€ª None of the FIS rules mention stopping at the side of the piste. Try reading the rules.â€¬â€¬â€¬
Kersti Viccariâ€ª Brian Morrison I stand corrected . However, in the ski training courses I’ve done it’s assumed that when stopping on the piste you do so in a safe place and that is generally to the side!â€¬â€¬â€¬
â€ªJane McGarryâ€ª Mihály Rhedéy Bethlen some of us do want empowered Piste Patrols that could remove lift passes and warn about prosecution if the person causes an accident.â€¬â€¬â€¬
â€ªJane McGarryâ€ª Kersti Viccari â€¬â€¬â€¬
â€ªThe trouble with the FIS rules is that they are not ‘Law’ unless put into laws or Bye-Laws by any given nation.â€¬â€¬
â€ªFIS RULES OF CONDUCT…See Moreâ€¬â€¬
Marcel Schiroâ€ª #1. Ban all alcohol and weed from every resortâ€¬â€¬â€¬
â€ª#2. Every skier/boarder should have to adhere to the 15′ rule or loose lift privileges. â€¬â€¬
â€ª#3. Ski patrol should have the responsibility and authority to enforce ALL safety rules on the spot. Further every …See Moreâ€¬â€¬
Mihály Rhedéy Bethlenâ€ª Boozeâ€¬â€¬â€¬
â€ªStephen Rosatiâ€ª Know the codeâ€¬â€¬â€¬
â€ªAdrian Lambâ€ª Alp d’huez is normally pretty good, wide open posted but sadly once again it will either be an inability to control speed or simply the ability to stop.â€¬â€¬â€¬
â€ªScott Fraserâ€ª The article has an interesting slant citing ski equipment and lifts meaning Pistes are perhaps more crowded. Perhaps they should leave more Pistes un-pisted as it seems to put the types that ski on terrain and speed that isn’t appropriate to their ability off.â€¬â€¬â€¬
â€ªDavid Clarkâ€ª Speed and out of control I betâ€¬â€¬â€¬
Paul Rattenburyâ€ª Without promoting Situational Awareness such as: Don’t Park There and Take a Look Before You Pull Out; real skiing will die. Do you drive your car the way you ski ? If all you have got are lawyers yelling: ‘Slow Down’ …you are Useless. Much of …See Moreâ€¬â€¬â€¬
â€ªBiff Lopezâ€ª 9 of 10 mountain tragedies happen in France and the other 1 will be from Russia or a Russian state ðŸ¤·ðŸ¼â™‚ï¸â€¬â€¬â€¬
Scott Fraserâ€ª The article has an interesting slant citing ski equipment and lifts meaning Pistes are perhaps more crowded. Perhaps they should leave more Pistes un-pisted as it seems to put the types that ski on terrain and speed that isn’t appropriate to their ability off.â€¬â€¬â€¬
â€ªMihály Rhedéy Bethlenâ€ª From my experience, Europeans tend to have a higher intake of alcohol while having lunch during a ski day. Many pack a flask much the same way some North Americans used to haul a bota bag or whatever those tit looking vino holders were called. â€¬â€¬â€¬
Norman Clarkâ€ª Mihály Rhedéy Bethlen bollocks!â€¬â€¬â€¬
â€ªâ€¬â€¬Rick Brucatoâ€ª Mihály Rhedéy Bethlen sorry but cannabis impairs sensory motor perception and is definitely a contributor to skiing while impaired accidents. Weed combined with alcohol creates additive impairment that ski patrol need to watch for. Weed impairs judgeme…See Moreâ€¬â€¬â€¬
â€ªMihály Rhedéy Bethlenâ€ª Rick Brucato I wouldn’t know. I don’t drink or do drugs. But I see and smell plenty on the hills everywhere I go.â€¬â€¬â€¬
Kathleen Murgatroydâ€ª The collision happened on a blue run, which isn’t a difficult run.â€¬â€¬â€¬
â€ªSuzzanne Cordasco-Atwoodâ€ª Americans drink just as much on the slopes…. JSâ€¬â€¬â€¬
â€ªOlivier Abergelâ€ª Try to put a few policeman on the slopes to get rid of the crazy and the stupidâ€¬â€¬â€¬
Lisa Wooleverâ€ª Olivier Abergel some areas rely on the Ski Patrol and we can’t be everywhere.â€¬â€¬â€¬
â€ªOlivier Abergelâ€ª Lisa Woolever that’s for sure, I know, I do ski a lot and see much of these fools, I think about my children when I see some of them and I wish some police could be around to stop themâ€¬â€¬â€¬
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