Funny that you can buy helmets so your safer then lose one of your senses by getting speaker inserts in the ear muff.
felthorpe wrote:There is nothing worse than hearing a skier/boarder coming up fast behind you and hoping they are in control. I would rather know there is potential danger approaching than be ignorant and unprepared.
And do what? If you're maintaining your speed and course, how else can you prepare for potential danger approaching? The truth is that there is very little you can do to change what's happening behind you. You avoid unnecessary manoeuvers in case you are being overtaken but even then it's the responsibility of the overtaking skier to leave you enough room for any manoeuver. Trying to do any more than that will literally require turning backwards which is way more dangerous. Ski fast! By that I don't mean be a speed demon or ski out of control but rather don't waste time and speed unnecessarily. Sometimes you get it so right that you basically ski on empty slopes on a busy day.
What I meant was that I was aware of the boarder approaching as I could hear the scraping noise of the board as he tried and failed to slow down. I even felt his hands grab the back of my jacket. So I was ready for an impact and had prepared myself to fall. I hoped I would do less damage to myself and others around me by having some choice on how and where I fell over. In this case there was nowhere else for me to go, as the slope was quite crowded and I couldn't easily get out of his way without getting in someone else's way.
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