HUNTSVILLE -- During the winter he's on the slopes nearly every weekend, but this was the first time 17-year-old Daniel Poulsen felt threatened at his second home and his attitude and character were tested.
Like any outing at Snowbasin, Daniel was with friends snowboarding down the "Sweet Revenge" slope on Black Friday and he was capturing the entire run with his new helmet cam.
The footage of this particular run shows Daniel and his friends speeding down the slope at what he said was an average speed. Half way down, a small girl on skis encroaches on his left. He swerves and balances himself off her shoulder, when on his right from what appears out of nowhere is another small child on skis, who Daniel can't avoid hitting.
They collide and Daniel reacts fast to twist his body underneath the boy, who appeared to be 5 or 6 years old. After sliding a bit, Daniel asks the boy if he's alright. When they come to a stop, an older man who Daniel identifies as the boy's father skis up and proceeds to yell and curse at him.
Poulsen told the man it was an accident.
The man exclaimed, "Stay in control," and hit Daniel on the head.
Although he was wearing a helmet, Daniel said the man must have used his full force because he had a headache for the rest of the day.
A few of his friends rallied around to defend Daniel and shout back at the man.
"I felt really scared," he said.
Daniel felt the best way to alleviate the situation was to leave and continue boarding down the mountain rather than shout back at the man or retaliate.
"I couldn't be more proud of his reaction," Daniel's mother, Susan Poulsen, said Tuesday. She is a sergeant with the Davis County Sheriff's Office.
After they reached the bottom, Daniel and his friends informed the ski patrol of the incident.
They located the man and got him to "talk it out" with Daniel, he said.
In a statement, Snowbasin said, "Utah law on ski and/or snowboard collisions, just as with automobiles, says that all parties involved in a collision need to stay at the site of the incident until all information is exchanged between parties."
The man offered an insincere apology, Daniel was told to watch his speed going down the mountain and that was the end of it, he said.
While Daniel was able to shake off the incident, his parents felt outrage at the man's reaction and question who was really out of control that day. The man's identity is not known.
"It's concerning," Poulsen said. "Rather than checking on his own son, he instead goes straight to my son and cusses him out."
Poulsen pointed out that her son looked to the small boy several times to see if he was alright, while the man didn't go to his boy's side until after punching Daniel.
"He handled himself the best way he could," Daniel's father, Dennis Poulsen, said. "He's not the one who decided to curse and punch the other person. It's his response to that which counts."
While they feel like their son was physically assaulted, they don't want the man criminally charged, but feel he owes their son a real apology and should take a lesson from Daniel on keeping his cool.
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