The sport of alpine skiing has been around since the 19th century, but there’s no denying the popularity of the sport has skyrocketed in recent years.
The sport attracts more than 2.4 million visitors each year, making it the fourth most popular sport in the US.
The popularity of alpinism is so strong that the state of Alaska is known for its alpine ski resorts, with about a quarter of the population skiing.
There are more than a dozen alpine resorts in Alaska, including the beautiful, picturesque Black Lake in the state’s southern part.
Alpinist and snowboarder Steve White said he was on his way to a snowboard launch at Black Lake when he spotted a man in the snow.
“I said ‘you’re going to have to be kidding me, he’s snowboarding?'” he said.
“So I’m just going to jump into the snow and he’s not.
So I go and get him.”
The man, who was a ski instructor, did not appear to have any injuries.
“He was very polite and did not seem to be that scared,” White said.
When the man returned to his seat, White said, “he was really pissed off.
He had no idea he had hit me, so he was going to call the police and then he just left.”
The accident occurred just over a month ago, but White said that he was unaware of any fatalities from alpinist accidents.
“If you’re on the slope, you’re not going to see any fatalities,” White added.
“You just have to keep your head down and stay alert.
That’s what I did.”
The Alaskan Ski Association (ASA) has said that it’s looking into the accident.
White said the snowboarders accident is a reminder of the dangers of snowboarding.
“The thing about the sport is that it is extremely dangerous and very dangerous on a snowy surface,” he said, adding that snowboard accidents are the second highest in the world after snowboarding falls.
“When you’re a young kid and you see someone hit you, that’s something you can’t control, so I think that’s the biggest message to kids about how dangerous the sport can be.”
Alpinists safety is something the Alaska Ski Association has taken very seriously, said Sarah Hennig, president of the Alaska Snowboarders Association.
“Our members are trained and equipped to handle any snow that they encounter, and they’re not afraid of snow,” Hennigs comments to ABC News.
“We have trained our instructors to respond quickly and safely to any potential accidents that may occur while snowboarding.”
The ASA has a website where people can share tips on how to safely skydive.