The above post brings up a good question: how do you be safe on a busy slope?
My first thought is to avoid the busy slope if possible. If I have to ski it, I try to go with the flow (not too fast or too slow & keep turns short). On catwalks I also often bang my poles together to alert people who might not have seen me that I’m there. What other tips would you suggest?
Despite my best efforts, I’m worried about others getting too aggressive and that I’m basically relying on them not to run me down from behind. I’m not sure what we can do to discourage aggressive behavior.
Many years ago I was on a slow catwalk that had many steeper runs merging into it. Those merging in would often be skiing much faster and several of them bumped me as they passed in the busy catwalk. I wasn’t making any turns and was going slow because I had been on the catwalk a long time. I was worried by this behavior and decided to protect myself by pointing my poles behind me and slightly (maybe 30 degrees) out to the side. Although I don’t think this was a good idea, it was effective. One guy yelled at me for doing so which kind of proved my logic that these people passing me were not confident they could ski around me safely. They were ok with knocking me down, but not ok with getting hit with my pole. I’ve never done that again but sometimes I think we need a better way of discouraging dangerous skiing.
where I've been to... the around the catwalks... are usually "slow skiing" areas... maybe ski patrol can better enforce the slow skiing areas.
other than that? put up fencing to make a chicane and force people to slow down that way?