Guest Column

7:45 a.m.: leave home.

8:15 a.m.: walk into Sunrise Lodge. Spend time with our good friends and head out to the lifts just before 9.

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Dr. Mark W. Greene lives in Bend.

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Im a middle of the road skier. I’m not the fastest, but I’m not the slowest. My main problem has been with the slower skiers who are oblivious that anyone is on the mountain. The vast majority don’t look uphill when turning and turn randomly. They will cut me off when trying to keep wide, way more than some fast skier.


Thank you for your op ed. I'm sorry for your loss. Your friend sounds like a a wonderful person.


Last time up at Bachelor cut off again by a Snowboarder from behind, who did not stop. Fortunately was not seriously injured. Enough of this after half a century of skiing.

My negative experiences skiing have been Boarders cutting me off or buzzing me while I am trying to safely navigate the slopes.

There used to be congenial calling of "on your left/right" as well as Ski Patrol keeping things in check. No more apparently.

Bachelor gets no more season pass money from me. Accepting risk from your own efforts is one thing, but the hazards are from unchecked others out there.


This submitted today to the Bulletin:

Preventable Risks on the Ski Mountain

The Guest Column of March 10 by Dr. Mark Greene was very troubling, both in terms of its content but also our past experiences on Mt. Bachelor, with close friends who have also experienced hit-and-run collisions from the rear in recent years. The seemingly increased frequency of recent hit-and-run events is disturbing, and as a result, we have become fearful older skiers at Mt. Bachelor. As a former National Senior Ski Patroller (NSP) (and even the NSP PacWest Regional Patrol medical Director) I am very familiar with the types of injuries seen on-slope and I am pleased with ski equipment designs to reduce both frequency and severity of injuries. But no equipment can prevent collisions from the rear. This requires better skier/boarder control which is clearly in need of improvement. As volunteers at Snoqualmie, Hyak and Alpental we had the responsibility to oversee skier behavior and monitor slope conditions. We would call the Pro patrol if dangerous individual behaviors threatened other skiers and remove that offender from the mountain. Tickets would be lifted, and even seasonal passes cancelled. Mt. Bachelor does not have a volunteer ski patrol. It does have a very professional pro patrol, but their presence on-slope is extremely limited due to patrol size. I’ve never seen a patroller work to abort dangerous skiing although it surely does happen. Recent events should motivate more on-slope presence of patrollers to reduce high risk skier behavior, and stronger emphasis on a skier code-of-ethics to eliminate hit-and-run events.

While Mt. Bachelor requires lift ticket purchasers to waive their legal rights or to check a non-waiver box (at increased cost) when purchasing, the full waiver is not listed on the website either on the purchase page or on the resort policies webpages. Senate Bill 754, currently in discussion within the Oregon Senate, would largely protect all Oregon ski area’s management by removing most ski area liability from individual injuries sustained while on slope. Certainly, liability expenses pose a major issue for all outdoor recreation businesses, but injury prevention should be at the forefront of Mt. Bachelor risk prevention policies. We’d like to remain healthy older skiers.

Bruce E. Becker, MD

Bend, OR


Ski Patrol was omnipresent and able to handle bad behavior by talking to people and/or pulling tickets for probably my first thirty years skiing. Now there is none. My assumption is Bachelor management is not going to correct this so as stated they get no more season pass and valet money from me.

There is a large difference between accepting responsibility for oneself versus what is currently ongoing.

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