I do 95% of my skiing on a hill with a vertical of under 200 feet. Due to this, the hill owners have decided to make most of the hill into a terrain park, serviced by a single tow rope. This park is very busy on the weekends, and I have been involved in many collisions in line for the tow rope, with both skiers and snowboarders. Just last weekend, I was involved in several collisions with others, and the hill was surprisingly empty. The first occurred when an out of control gaper on skis came flying through the lift line, clipped my leg, and went tumbling. I wasn't particularly upset, my skis are in park condition, so the damage didn't really matter, and I ended up with a minor bruise on my leg, as well as a bent pole, which was straightened by hitting it on a rail. After ensuring he was okay, I got to asking him what he was doing, and he said that he was trying to cut ahead in line, and lost control. The next one occurred in the same manner, except with a gaper snowboarder. His reason was that he couldn't stop. Again, no injury. The final one, I believe that I was at fault for it. I had just come off of a switch 360 off one of the jumps, and while riding out my landing, I clipped an inexperienced boarder who had jumped up the side of the landing. I consider myself at fault for this incident, because, judging where the boarder came from, I would have been able to see him if I was skiing forwards, whereas switch, he was in my blind spot. Cutting off another rider is poor park etiquette, but I still believe that it could have been avoided on my part. That being said, it was also his responsibility to look uphill. I think that the defining factor in all collisions is experience. Many of the inexperienced riders, especially the younger ones, have a tendency to be extremely arrogant and self-centered. Where I ski, almost 90% of the hill snowboards, and many of the young (12 to 16) year old riders have a tendency to be disrespectful towards others on the hill, whether it be cutting people off, cutting in the lift line, or spraying others with snow. This can't all be attributed to experience, but most of the experienced riders have been around long enough to respect others. In my opinion, with no prejudice against snowboarders ( having attempted it myself ), the young, inexperienced boarders have the worst attitude by far. I have had more than a few nasty comments directed at me while waiting in line, usually about skiing being "gay", or something equally imaginative. Another favourite is my Burton gloves. It seems to drive them nuts, until I point out their Orage and Armada jackets and pants. This attitude is most likely present among inexperienced skiers of the same age, but there aren't any where I ski, at least not in the park.
Just my two cents.