It's been a while since I've had a formal lesson, I have friends who are instructors who I'll ride with and I'll ask for critiques etc, but I have a question for the instructors. First though, I'll present the scenario that took place today.
While skiing with my wife on the steeper part of a blue run, I notice and instructor with a child of about 12 or 13 working their way down the run. There is a large knuckle in the run with a pretty good pitch afterwards that is ALWAYS a sheet of glass. My wife and I pass the instructor and instructee (who has his mother in tow for encouragement I assume) and we stop on the shoulder of the run. The kid takes a spill, and really it was only a matter of time, he was nowhere near ready to be on that run, and my wife and I ski past. The instructor skis past the kid to the flat part of the run, and the kid gets up and is all french fry and no pizza directly into my wife, wiping her out, she never saw him coming. The kid gets up and takes off and the instructor, the kid, and his mother proceed on down the run to the lift with nary an acknowledgment nor an apology.
Accidents happen, bad decisions are made, no big deal. If it weren't for the instructor present I wouldn't have been nearly as pissed as I was, as it would have been the kid's misguided decision to choose a trail that was too advanced for him rather than the instructor either encouraging it, or in the least agreeing to it. My wife and I made it to the lift line and I approached the kid and his mother, and first made sure he was ok from his falls, then gave him a quick run-down of how it's his responsibility to "look out below" and so on. The mother thanked me for checking on him and letting him know that and sort of looked at the instructor as to say "why haven't you said this?"
Please tell me this isn't typical and that instructors working with first timers or progressing skiers/boarders take the time to teach the rules of the game? Is teaching the "skier's code" part of the curriculum for the group lessons? Or is it something that is assumed will be learned?