“If they are skiing recklessly, there’s a likelihood that they could be charged, cited or even arrested.” –Park City Police Sgt. Vaifoa Lealaitafea
A 22 year old Park City snowboarder was cited for Reckless Skiing after slamming into a 11 year old skier on a bunny hill. Good4Utah reports it was the 11 year old’s first time skiing and the boy’s skis were broken in the crash and he was sent to Urgent Care. It happened at Park City Mountain Resort just after noon on Dec. 21 and the boy’s father wanted police to pursue charges. Reckless Skiing is a misdemeanor under Park City’s municipal code.
Good4Utah reached out the resort for comment and spokesperson responded with the following statement:
“As ’Be Safe’ is one of Vail Resorts’ core company values, we’re always looking for opportunities to increase awareness of mountain safety and etiquette among our guests and employees. Among the many programs and initiatives in place, Park City Mountain has a dedicated Mountain Safety staff whose mission it is to educate and enforce Your Responsibility Code on the slopes. Mountain Safety employees spend time greeting guests and talking to them about mountain safety and etiquette, particularly in the busier areas of the mountain. It’s important for guests to understand and obey Your Responsibility Code and to ski and snowboard within their ability levels.
We provide more specific information about Mountain Safety and The Responsibility Code on our website HERE.”
HERE’S THE JIST of the RESPONSIBILITY code:
Park City is committed to promoting skier/rider safety. in addition to people using traditional alpine ski equipment, you may be joined on the slopes by snowboarders, telemark skiers or cross-country skiers, skiers with disabilities, skiers with specialized equipment and others. always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing and snowboarding that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. know your ability level and stay within it. observe “your responsibility code” listed below and share with other skiers/riders the responsibility for a great skiing/riding experience.
- 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.
- 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.