Today while I was skiing, another skier came up on me from behind, and when I made a turn, I ended up almost colliding with him. I couldn't see him because he was behind me. I only realized he was there because I heard his voice coming over my shoulder shouting "Are you kidding me!?" as it happened. I yelled back to him to remind him that the downhill skier has the right of way. At that point he claimed that he was the "down hill skier". I responded by pointing out that he was in fact standing uphill from me, and that if he were actually downhill, he wouldn't have seen me to say anything.
At that point I realized that nobody seems to follow the Skier's Code of Responsibility anymore. I see it whenever I find myself on a crowded trail. There are a lot of skiers trying to go fast which means they are constantly overtaking the slower skiers. They never leave enough room between themselves and the slower skiers. I see people standing around in the worst places you can imagine. Today I saw a guy laying in the snow with his eyes closed right behind the lift corral.
So what ever happened to the Skier's Code of Responsibility? I remember it used to be on the back of every lift ticket (way back when you had to fold them over a metal wicket and no matter how careful you were, you always ended up with a wrinkle). I remember when I was in middle school, going on ski trips with the ski club, we had to sit through a video on the Skiers Code of Responsibility each time. It was a part of skiing. Those were the days when ski patrol would rip the ticket right off your coat if you weren't skiing safe. Safety was a big part of the sport, and we were expected to be safe and courteous to others on the mountain.
I don't think I've seen the Skier's Code of Responsibility at a mountain in a long time. Is it me, or should that code be posted at every lift line, trail map, and just about any other place they can hang one?