With another very warm day on the books, Rose offered up great skiing today with Silver corning at 10:00 or so before the high clouds started wafting in from the South. Crowds were thin but the skiing was good with the exception of rocks and gravel returning to the surface with a vengeance in the warming snow. Silver in particular become peppered with gravel and rock later in the day and caution had to employed to avoid the obstacles. Skiing was still good, but one had to slow it down quite a bit. A rock the size if a baseball came shooting down NW at about my speed… yep, pretty thin alright.
Tomorrow we may get some light snow with clouds off and on the next several days as the Low from Baha comes up from the South. Cross your fingers that the snow level holds and we get snow and not something else.
In other news:
Many of us have become aware on social media and local TV news networks of the recent hit and run accident on Mt. Rose involving an unknown assailant and his victim, Leah Chism. Leah was hit from behind by an out of control skier who broke her pelvis in three places in what was a life threatening injury. The perpetrator never stopped and continued on to load Pondorosa, but was never positively identified.
All of us at Unofficialmtrose.com send our hope that Leah has a speedy recovery and is able to ski again. However, it looks like it will be months before she can even walk again…
Like the Mason Ortiz tragedy several years ago, I think there is lots to learn from this accident that may help others in the future. I have narrowed them down to four recommendations that go beyond the standard Skier Responsibility Code.
1) Whenever a hit and run occurs, please send someone in your group to follow the assailant down the hill notifying lift attendants and any patrol that you come into contact with that this is the person that left the scene of an accident. If the person goes to their vehicle it would be very important to ID the make, model and plate of the vehicle. Please report all info to patrol so that they have an accurate description to work from. “Black pants and a black helmet” is really not too helpful when it comes right down to it.
2) When skiing and you are about to vary from your turning pattern, or when coming up to a trail junction, please keep your head on a swivel and look over your shoulder to see if anyone is coming up on you… just as you would before changing lanes in a vehicle.
3) Give everyone in front of you LOTS of room to do whatever it is they might do, so that you have ample time to shift your direction of travel should the person do something unexpectantly. They often do.
4) When turning onto another trail, please turn from the inside lane, in other words, when cruising down KC traverse and planning to make a right down Lower Ramsey, please stay on the right side of KC so that you cannot possibly cut others off when turning. I can’t tell you how many collisions I have seen on the KC traverse at its’ junction with NW, Lower Ramsey’s and KC Bowl because this simple directive wasn’t followed. This, combined with looking over your shoulder, could save a lot of people a lot of grief.
We are all up at Mt. Rose to have some fun and frolic in the snow, I hope that we can embrace the idea that we are all responsible for the safety of ourselves and others and work together to educate skiers and boarders so that everyone can lower the potential for further injury. And if you DO hit someone, I hope you would have the human decency to stop, help the victim up and make sure they are alright before going on your way or summon patrol if they are needed.
Heres hoping you can take your stoke for skiing and riding and turn just a little bit of it into kindness and consideration for others. It would go a long way toward making sure that Leah can enjoy Mt. Rose next year without incident.