Yes true; often the best thing is to just straight shot through and around all the moving gates, ( slow people on the slope, also called pedestrians). I have never hit any one, but I did get hit when coming off of a cornice in mid air, we were both going off at different angles, I went straight off and he went off at 45 degrees.
We were skiing top to bottom non stop yesterday and sort of fast (long GS turns and figure 11's on hard fast snow and ice), it was a three chair ride back to the top or a two chair distance to the bottom. We got on the chair with a younger guy, he told us how he was a fast skier, we told him we were old and have slowed down. My friend was trying to figure out how long it took us to get down from the top, the younger fast guy we met said he could do it in 7 minuets, I said I thought we were doing it in 2 minuets or less. When we got off the chair we were going to the same chair as the fast guy, we went through the line and rode up and he never made it to the chair. I guess it is all relative. I have skied with people who were so good that they make me feel like a gaper, so I am careful of what I say on the chair. The saying goes "watch what you say or you may wind up skiing something you wish you hadn't". Besides it is all just for fun and not some kind of competition; unless you are in racing gates.LOL
Then I see a lot of skiers and boarders going fast and with little or no control on the edge of hanging on, if something happens or someone cuts them off they are a danger to everyone and them selfs.
Edited by tomfifield - 1/23/14 at 1:34pm