Originally Posted by Trekchick
Its easy to forget that we have all been in their shoes(or boots) and have gotten in a bit over our head when we don't know the terrain, or worse yet, don't know our own ability.
In most cases where the OP's scenario holds true (somebody yelling FROM A LIFT at somebody needlessly destroying snow), your argument, that somebody skied into something because they didn't know the terrain doesn't really hold water, because the person on the run in most cases rode the very lift people are now yelling at them from, and could see exactly what they were in for.
As others have implied, most artfully with the "DOES NOT ALLOW YOU TO TELL YOUR FRIENDS OR ENEMIES THAT YOU SKIED OR RODE THIS AREA" sign, I think the vast majority of cases where people are sideslippling lines within view of the lift line have everything to do with collecting trophies- bragging to their beginning/intermediate cohorts that they skied said run. Thus the importance of having it visible from a lift for the bragging rights on subsequent rides up.
When I was a beginnings kier, were there times where I sideslipped or otherwise trashed stuff that I really couldn't ski? Absolutely, and now I wish somebody had been around to let me know that I was being a jackass.
I generally don't mind too much somebody coming down something on the backside, except...
1. When they never attempt a frontside turn, and thus do nothing to get any better. If they really can't even try to go frontside on on skis make a handful of actual turns, they absolutely need to go to something easier to get more skills.
2. When its a powder day and the line is untracked.
3. When the line is difficult to hold snow, and the have just set the line back weeks, preventing others from skiing it, because they have just scraped it down to rock.
2 and 3 really, really torque me, and when I see it, I call people out on it. New Years weekend at Wolf Creek was filled with beginners making trophy run passes on their backside all over the place. Rockin Robin, underneath Treasure lift, took the brunt of the blow- its a fairly short, fairly steep, fairly narrow run that has two large rock faces that take a lot of coverage to be skable. The massive december storms had managed to just get it with coverage before the weekend, when I saw probably 100 people an hour backslide down the entire face. By the end of the weekend, it looked like November again- bare rock, mandatory base damage to ski, yet jackasses are still coming down backside on their rental boards. It took about 100 inches of snow to cover it again, and who knows whether that will hold up this weekend.