This was in today's Vail Daily. Sounds like a pretty good deal for the cops to get a pass. Around here, any working person needs a good way to get skiing. Also, I don't think it is totally a bad idea. I was giving a mountain tour the other day and some totally out of control snowboarder skidded out and plowed into a couple of my grandma/grandpa type guests when I stopped to assist someone who took a fall. Fortunatle no one was hurt, and the guy was semi-cooperative about staying put until we checked out the guests for injuries, but I could imagine just as easily if the guy had taken off, and the granny was hurt just the same. Either way, wouldn't be bad if I could get help from a cop when I'm doing guest services, or ski patrol for stuff like that. We've had staff members who have been injured and out for the season by out of control skiers/riders who plowed into them, and took off when they see that who they injured was a staffer.
Anyways, here is the article (source: http://www.vaildaily.com/article/20060220/NEWS/60220014
Enforcing the laws of the slopes
Some skiers and snowboarders dont mind cops on the mountain; others dont like the patrols
Eagle County Sheriff's Deputy Ted Eichholz front and Vail police Officer Christian Mohr ski down Vail Mountian.
Preston Utley/Vail Daily
February 20, 2006
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VAIL Cops patrolling the slopes of Vail Mountain are often met with enthusiastic greetings and offers of thanks, but some skiers and snowboarders said the mountain is over-policed.
I can understand if they help out when theres a crime committed, said Taylor Alexander of Atlanta. But it seems like local police up on the mountain actively seeking out a crime is wrong. Its completely over-policing.
Alexander didnt appear to be breaking the law. But committing crimes is one reason police say a small percentage of skiers and snowboarders dont like having Eagle County Sheriffs deputies and Vail police on the mountain.
The ones violating the law probably arent to happy to see us, Deputy Ted Eichholz said, later adding A lot of it is meeting and greeting they love seeing us up here.
The love was later evidenced by a woman winking and yelling Wheres your radar, as she scooted by Vail Detective Christian Mohr at the top of the Vista Bahn.
Eagle County Sheriffs deputies and Vail police volunteer on their days off to assist ski patrol and the yellow jacket safety squad on Vail Mountain, which falls under the sheriffs jurisdiction. Deputies and police also enforce the law arresting for ducking ropes, drugs, assault and shoplifting, Mohr said, adding that about one person is arrested each month.
Occasionally an assault starts after a collision, Eichholz said. Next thing you know, a fight is breaking out.
Seven days on the mountain patrolling earns the patrollers a season pass, an opportunity nearly a dozen people at each department clamor for. They love it. Its awesome, Mohr said. Anybody intermediate or above is on the team.
Police flank yellow jackets in slow zones and only get involved at the rare times theyre needed, Mohr said. Its a lot more imposing when theres a police officer, Mohr said.
Standing with yellow jackets and slowing down skiers and snowboarders riding at breakneck speeds is exactly where Mark Cranley of Cleveland wants the cops.
My take on this is they gotta put these people in the slow zones, Cranley said. (Skiers and snowboraders) dont pay attention to the guys in the yellow jackets.
David Cohen of Houston said he didnt see any problems on the mountain during his trip to Vail. If theyre trying to prevent crime and arent being invasive, then its a good cause, Cohen said.
Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14622, or [email protected]