I had my ticket clipped at Shawnee in the mid 80's for accidentally bombing through a ski school class that was snaking down a trail. Probably deserved it.
My wife was absolutely crushed by a snowboarder in Stowe last winter. He took a jump, looked back at his buddies for approval, and took her out while he was looking uphill. I was torn between wanting to rip this teenager's head off and tending to my shaken wife. She had a bruise on her hip for a week, but otherwise was no worse for wear.
It really is out of control. 90% of it is youth. Let's admit- most of us were like this when we were young, so I don't have animosity towards them. I just wish things were being enforced a bit more. I grew up skiing Hunter, Camelback, etc. in the east. I knew that if I skied out of control in view of patrollers, my ticket was getting clipped. The knowledge that there was a consequence for my action absolutely kept me in check more than I would have been. Today? When was the last time someone has seen a lift ticket taken away? Of course with RF it's much harder to enforce, but there is no consequence for crazy skiing or boarding. None, except for a crazy old dude yelling at you.
Don't want to sound "get off my lawn" but I believe there are two major factors for the lack of enforcement these days- liability and marketing. Liability- the more a resort focuses on educating skiers about the risks of skiing (hence the code), the more liable they are likely to seem in court. This is horrific and a terrible piece of our society, but it's true. So they put their waivers in areas that we rarely check and go about their business. Trust me- when someone gets injured skiing, the first thing they do is look for the resort's acknowledgement that skiing is dangerous. Fine line. Marketing- skiing is expensive. You clip someone's ticket, mom and dad are likely to be quite upset. Not with the kid, mind you. That would be too obvious and simple. But with the resort (que my rant against parenting now).
For the record, I'm in my early 40's even though I sound MUCH older here!!
This was exactly my point. It just seems like patrollers aren't even willing to confront people anymore let alone pull a ticket.