November 04, 2005 Features & Images » Feature Story

First Person: Doug Forseth 

Upping the ante

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Pique: It seems like a lot of changes are being made with beginner skiers in mind.

DF: In a lot of ways. One thing we’re really focusing on this year is speed control, which is continually a challenge for us.

(With the) Slow Zones we’ve seen an improvement, but we still find in the areas where we’re not monitoring that people are skiing or snowboarding too fast or inappropriately for the conditions or number of people.

We’re going to expand our Speed Control programs uphill… and get Ski Patrol more involved.

Our message is that you have to monitor yourself. There are still lots of places where you can ski fast, where it’s appropriate to do so. Just because the posted speed limit is 90, if there are cars on the road, or if it’s rainy or slippery you have to go slower – it’s just common sense.

Before we’ve just given people warnings, but we’re stepping that up a bit. We will be looking at passes and entering infractions into the computer, and we see that people aren’t getting the message and are ignoring the warnings, we’ll have to take stronger measures.

Next week: The big picture.

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