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This is actually a serious thought I had during the winter
Put large tarps on each side of the downhill run to be
skied. These tarps might be tethered to a pin in the
ground. If the skier wipes out, they will slide onto the
tarp where specially designed clothing will grip the
The tarp then begins sliding down the hill while the skier
remains stationary on the tarp. The tarp is then brought
to a swift but safe stop by its tethered bungee.
Rolling in dough? Yeah, the tarps double as an
advertising medium that runs from the top of the hill to
Skiers nearly die sliding off the side of the runs and the
safety net cant help much, (and often appear to hurt)
Mildly re-inspired by Lawn stencils
This Idea reminded me of my own
Much better on snow though [Brian the Painter, Jan 13 2013]
Crashes resulting in death happen
[Brian the Painter, Jan 14 2013]
||About the best thing for absorbing energy is powder snow.
||Tarps supporting deep banks of (if necessary, artificial) powder
snow would be better than nets.
||Alternatively, rather than special clothing, the tarp could be
covered with a thick layer of sticky foam.
||Olympic skiers don't ski on powder, though; the
competition slopes are scraped 'hardpack', nearly as solid
as ice, and usually banked with the same.
||exactly. Also the tarps would bunch up in front of
the skier cushioning his final crash. I actually wonder
why they don't use this. Tarps are used on our local
hill when there isn't enough snow. We just ski on top
of the hills version of astro turf. The hill's owner
purchased enough for one run for around $100,000
CAD I think he bought three.