I know that the skier Code of Conduct has been discussed here ad nauseum, but my intention in starting this thread is to move toward real change to protect skiers from those that believe they can act with willful abandon just because they believe that since they're the downhill skier they can do anything they choose.
So here's the issue - On wide slopes (30 yards and wider), a skier who might presently be the downhill skier on one side of the slope decides to "change lanes" laying a large GS style turn across the entire slope without any regard for anyone they might be suddenly cutting off without warning. In my specific situation today, by the time that skier got to the other side of the slope they were barely the downhill skier any longer because of the time it took that skier to get across the slope. Also recognize the fact that goggles cut-off a significant portion of our peripheral vision and I had no idea the guy was even coming at me until it was almost too late.
I'm proposing a change to the Code of Conduct that states that any significant "lane change" should require the skier to look over their shoulder and verify that the path is clear before moving laterally across an entire wide slope. I know that I always do this for my own safety, let alone the safety of others. This is similar to how our traffic laws require that a driver ensure that a lane is clear before changing lanes.
I have no idea what it takes to get change suggestions accepted to improve the skier Code of Conduct, but I'm hoping this thread can gauge the opinions of the EpicSki participants and what it might take to get this done. I'm sure that I'm not the only one who has had this happen to them (and it wasn't the first time for me either). The guy that practically ran me over "stood" on his assertion that since he believed that he was the downhill skier that he could do whatever he wanted to in front of any other skiers. I truly believe that this is not only discourteous, but creates unnecessary danger on our wider slopes every day.