My hill has a cat-track that leads from the back bowl to the village that is oh-so-cleverly named "Cat Track to the Village." That's literally the name on the trail map, as it isn't worthy of anything more unique or sexy-sounding. It's long and winding and filled with many a flat stretch, but if you build up sufficient speed at the top and not brake or skid at all, you can make it back to the village without having to pole and/or skate.
Yesterday, I was heading down the track to go home when I rounded a slight curve and came upon my latest #1 pet peeve.....an idiot stopped dead-center of and perpendicular to the 12-15'-wide track. He was mindlessly chatting with his buddy on the ledge overlooking the track. Sharp drop-off and boundary rope to left and sharp upward incline to right, which kills all speed when you hit it. I was able to use the 3' or so of space behind him to squeak by, but I slowed way down in case he backed up or some other stupid thing. He truly didn't seem to be aware that people may actually be coming down the track toward him.
As I skated and poled along the rest of the track, I decided to form a vigilante mob armed with torches and pitchforks, hunt down the villain, drag him by his heels back to clock tower of our faux-Euro village and hang him from said tower. However, once my blood stopped boiling and I had time to reflect, it occurred to me that a public death by hanging seemed just a wee bit extreme for cat-track blocking. Plus, I wasn't sure I had the requisite motivational charisma necessary to gather a mob together and incite them into a bloodthirsty frenzy.
What to do, what to do??? What would be a more appropriate sanction...obscene gestures..."You're Momma so fat," remarks...mocking his gear...a beating...whipping with ski poles?
Suggestions? The more passive-aggressive the suggestion, the better, as that's how I like to roll!
Any other day-to-day skiing pet peeves out there?