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Altercation on slopes caught on camera

(Daniel Poulsen)


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OGDEN — A snowboarder said he feared for his safety on the slopes during an altercation with an angry father. It happened after he accidentally collided with the man's son.

Like almost everything these days, the entire thing was caught on video.

"I was going down the hill about average speed," said Daniel Poulsen.

A camera mounted to his helmet showed him and friends heading down a run at Snowbasin when a small child on skis came into the frame from the left.

"I was cut off by a girl and I was run in between an adult and her," he said. "I tried to just dodge in between them. A small boy came out from behind the adult to where I couldn't avoid hitting him."

Poulsen said he immediately checked to make sure the boy was OK.

"As I was looking back up the hill, after I stopped sliding, the father of the boy came down and started yelling at me," Poulsen said. "He got in my face and started cussing at me. And then he punched me."

The impact is audible on the video. Poulsen said the punch to his right temple left him with a headache and a bruise.

"I was angry, a little bit fearful," he said. "I felt a little bit guilty for hitting his kid. I definitely didn't do it on purpose."


I was angry, a little bit fearful ... I definitely didn't do it on purpose.

–Daniel Poulsen


Poulsen and his friends finished the run and got in touch with Ski Patrol. He said they brought him and the father back together.

"(They) had him give me an apology, which I didn't feel was sincere. But it was still an apology," Poulsen said.

Poulsen said he still wants to find out who the man is and make sure he doesn't do this to anyone else.

"It surprised me that the man didn't talk, didn't ask his son if he was OK before he came to get in my face. I wish he would have done that," Poulsen said.

He said he's not sure if he wants to press charges if he's able to identify the man who hit him.

Snowbasin said in a statement the issue was resolved amicably and the resort is relieved no one was seriously injured.

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Mike Headrick

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