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Offline Brossie (Tim)

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Snowboards & eBikes?
« on: March 06, 2019, 11:02:25 PM »
I wonder if this is how we’ll look back on eBikes.
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Offline CKaos

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Re: Snowboards & eBikes?
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2019, 01:33:30 PM »
Doubt it!

Snow boarders have always been prepared to tub up hills, not so much down hill skiers. That's why boarders and free heel skiers (and the small amount of skiers on AT gear that we see in Australia) have mutual respect - they are all prepared to EARN their turns! So, in this scenario, the lazy lift riding skiers are the entrenched culture and a new crew with a bit more commitment and tolerance of effort (other than just $$$) are challenging the status quo.

Of more relevance to the LDTR community in this subject matter is the issue of safety that the ski patroller puts forward as an un reconcilable risk. Boarders and skiers move differently down a slope with different levels of skill. His assertion was that Skiers don't have a blind side and therefore, can easily maintain downhill vision (ie - the person you are about to hit). A respectful skier, with clear view down hill, has more opportunity to avoid or warn the target of danger. A boarder will be un sighted during their back edge turn, so can't always see the danger.

That said, there is a lesson in the the history of Boarders v Downhill Skiers that is very relevant to this forum. When faced with a conflict between users, what did Alpine Resort managers do?

Lets say we compared the safety issues involved to the challenge that MTB trail managers have in maintaining the safety of both uphill and downhill riders on a 2 way trail. PV are currently pushing to resolve this conflict by making Lystie 1 way - they have already converted sections of trail to 1 way, forgoing proper consultation with user groups.

Alpine resort managers haven't segregated the 2 users types, because, quite frankly, it's a waste of good terrain, it costs more to service both, it gives both users a less that ideal experience and it can be managed by other methods.

PV's proposal is a cop out that will further water down the riding experience at Lystie in order to easily manage a perceived risk to the land managers - at the expense of the users.


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