Hey YOUR OWN WORDS:
I also have become super protective of it and when people see me hiking with people I flat out am jerk to them.
"I get how's the snow up there?"
my new standard answer is icey as all hell because truthfully I really dont know till I go up there, unless they are prepared for the worst they have no business being up there. Then how about just telling them you don't know?
"how easy is it to get back"
my response "not at all, if you have to ask that question" you can flat out see an easy way back to the resort from both the bottom and the top. If they dont have enough common sense to see the way back to the resort they have no business being up there. Once again, just answer the question, they don't know the terrain, they are looking for information.
"how long does the hike take?"
"where are you going?" most have no idea where they are going
"can I follow you?"
"heck no" Just tell them you're not comfortable being responsible for people whose abilities you don't know. No reason to be a CREEP about it. Personally, I'll spend the time telling them the easiest route and what to watch out for. Doesn't mean I'm responsible for them getting down, just that I'm giving them the information they need to make an intelligent decision. I find it appalling that a ski area employee (you just said you're teaching, right?) would be so nasty to people looking for a little guidance.
its not about being core. If you were skiing out of bounds would you want random people following you that you are now responsible for?
alot of time I dont have time, its the end of the day I have taught all day and I now I want to go have fun with my buddies on my last run. I dont have time to evaluate someone else nor should I have to.
Plus before you start calling someone a creep I bet I have guided alot of epic people, and will continue to do so but I either A. know these people or B. have time to ski with them before we go to gnarly stuff.