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French gendarme on piste control stops in 2019?

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Apparently we can expect French speed and other police on piste interventions on piste in 2019 according to these new laws - not fully sure on my French but looks like France will be even less fun...


https://www.facebook.com/lecanapvideos/videos/248245122585993/UzpfSTEwMDAyNjMxNDY5NzYxMzoyMDE4ODA4OTA2OTkwNjY/
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Reckless skiing is becoming the scourge of the slopes and it won't be long before skiers are killed.

We skied at Val Thorens (season opening day) on Saturday and witnessed the worst examples we've ever seen of inappropriate (for the conditions) high speed skiing.

Narrow runs - in parts only 25% of normal width - limited skiing and big crowds led to bottle necks which felt like the M25. Ridiculous overcrowding (the worst we've experienced in 30 years of skiing) meant even the blue runs all had big moguls (which we enjoy, by the way...) and, while the vast majority of folk were sensible - albeit slowed down by the bumps - we witnessed idiots straightlining the runs at eye watering speeds, missing other skiers by only a
few feet. It made for absolutely horrific viewing and could have been carnage.

We love to ski fast but recognise there's a time and a place.

I've had a few scary, high speed, near misses in France in the last couple of seasons and challenging the perpetrators means you are wasting your breath. One idiot's classic response was to say to me, "If you are so frightened on ze slopes you should try ze bicycle..."

Lift pass confiscation is definitely the way forward IMHO and, in this respect, the American's definitely have the right approach.

This is a step in the right direction, me thinks - though it will be interesting to see how it's applied.

Bring on the gendarmes!
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I agree. We skied in the 3 Vallees last year and had a couple of near miss incidents. One involved 3 guys bombing it down the Green Animal run that the ski schools take the beginner skiers on. Its crowded and it only takes one mistake and there is tragedy all round. I fully agree with pass confiscation as a punishment. The do it in Australia as well.
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I agree, those other skiers are terrible. Obviously, when I ski fast I am always considerate to other skiers and even boarders.
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@Bergmeister, @FrediKanoute, @nigelg,

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mishmash wrote:
Apparently we can expect French speed and other police on piste interventions on piste in 2019 according to these new laws - not fully sure on my French but looks like France will be even less fun...


I do hope the last part of your comment is tongue in cheek, because if your idea or fun is endangering others by dangerous or high speed skiing in areas where it is not appropriate I would prefer it if you never skied in France - or anywhere in fact.

The standards of behaviour and general carelessness is becoming more apparent. There are various trends which have encouraged this, social media - with everyone trying to be Leo Tartiflette, whose stunts are carefully controlled but designed to appear otherwise. Modern ski teaching seems to revolve around having fun to the expense of discipline - how many times have you seen instructors jumping on and off the side of the pistes with a long snake of kids behind them. Yes the instructor is looking but as soon as the lesson is finished that safety link is removed.

At least there is not a heavy drinking culture on the pistes in France like Austria and Germany.
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Dom Deluise at his best - hilarious, especially the bit about running down barefoot - ROFL
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The person who smashed into my daughter on a blue run in Val thorens had a distinct whiff of alcohol from them, Sad
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French humour, eh? Hilarious.

No not really. Allez les Bronzes!
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The main causes of Reckless skiing

Groomed Pistes
Carving Skis
Helmets (Deaf & Blinkered Vision)


Stay Off Piste IT is SAFER.
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Ban people with loose trousers skiing on really fat skis on-piste on non-powder days. (I’m ducking for cover)
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@stanton, Helmets - No its what is inside the helmet that is the problem. The hearing attenuation of my helmet is the same as a wooly hat, my helmet does not interfere with my peripheral vision at all. But yes off piste (especially touring) can be safer.
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@Ozboy, we always look for the grey flappy anorak and try our best to avoid. Now I am going to sound very old but I think it is linked to a lack of manners and consideration for others, not better skis or the like. It is just a lack of thought/care for others. We shouldn't be surprised that it has made its way onto the slopes. I would be very pleased indeed to see ski passes confiscated.
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You know it makes sense.
@Cheesie168, agree... I grew up skiing in Thredbo Australia where more often than not there was a ski patroller with a whistle sheltered behind ‘slow down’ signs at pinch points. They would stop the reckless skiers and have a cheat or in extreme cases confiscate passes. Seemed to work well.
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Oh dear. Major Irony Fail - for those of you that didn't click the link , it was an April Fool from last year , "candid camera" style of some fake gendarme piste stops for speeding, lack of insurance, MOT, helmet etc . The "Forum" seems to have become a "Platform" for posters to repeat entrenched views without even "listening" to the evidence placed before them - in this case a satire on French policing and fines being extended even to skiing.
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