Originally Posted by Tog
Reason is the coach has not told them and insisted they not be taking up space that is not theirs. It's 90% a coaching/team issue.
We went through a period where the freestyle team, mostly moguls then, was reviled by just about evryone who worked on the mountain. Thankfully it's improved but they were bad. Bratty kids, leaving a mess, stealing food, wiseing off to workers, the public, acting like they owned the place. Pretty much went back to the coach and school they came from. A group of racers from that school around that time went out to Loveland, CO and ducked some ropes and got banned .
I heard way worse stories about some of the 20ish yr old coaches around then. Same stuff in a reg school district where parents pay attention would've gotten them arrested.
Acting like they owned the place-this would be a variation of my guess. I think it is easy for racers to get the idea that the rules for the ski area "masses" don't apply to them. In many cases, racers get access to parts of the mountain (or even entire resorts) that are closed to the general public, preferential access to lifts in certain circumstances, and in general are trained to ski better than the average guy buying a lift ticket.
I think without a coach setting them straight, this leads some to have an overly inflated sense of their own importance, and when you have a group of folks that may believe that, it can lead to some really bad behavior (I think bad behavior in sororities/fraternities comes from the same kind of psychology).
Wolf has pretty much no race teams, but at other places I would note kids in race clubs ducking ropes en masse, cutting lines, leaving their equipment in obnoxious places, etc. Sometimes this behavior happened with the coaches present (sigh).