“You can observe a lot just by watching,” Yogi Berra said.
So, too, can you learn a lot just by getting off the chairlift.
You can learn, for example, that an athletic 12-year-old girl, who has just made her first run on a snowboard down the Snow Bowl’s Allen trail, is nonetheless susceptible to falling as she gets off the lift.
That when she falls, it’s likely to be on her back. And that she’s probably going to reach her arms behind her to break her fall.
Which vastly increases the odds that like so many boarders before her, she will sprain her wrist as she topples backwards.