If the ski team is somehow affiliated with the mountain I have no problem with team members with their coach using the lesson line.
As to the rest..... I was an evening supervisor at at a large midwestern area back in the mid 80s when management decided to allow snowboarders for the first time. The second year they were allowed the former race director and now my SSD, who was a fantastic racer and (I think rightly) felt that racing was the ultimate test of technical and physical ability, was complaining about how awful the snowboarders were and how much he wished they could again be banned. I was unable to keep my mouth shut and suggested that I would happily trade each racer on the hill for two snowboarders and in the long run it would be less trouble. Cue all the defense of racers found on this thread. 3 weeks later he came and said After watching the the whole scope of things he felt I was mostly right but suggested a 2 racers for 3 snowboards was a closer ratio.
Thing is, to the initial point of the thread, the racers would cut (or try to cut) lines even on lifts where there was no lesson lines. A particularly galling variation was on race days they would argue "I have to cut the line because my bib number is coming up" making me wonder why in the land of the 5 minute round trip did they not just wait? They would leave their skis scattered from one side of the lodge entrance to the other making a tripping hazard. They would bomb through restricted areas (including the primitive terrain park). Of particular annoyance to me were the ones who would bring there skis inside and tune them on the cafeteria tables. I would just like to point out none of these things are something to be jealous of. I will admit that I am at some level jealous of the total monomania that it takes to reach the top, but that same disregard is what makes for aggressive passing and inappropriate speed for conditions. As someone pointed out about a particular driver he wasn't a bad driver because he had accidents, it was all the people behind him that had them. I will also add that it was a tiny fraction of the racers doing this (except the congenital inability to use ski racks by racers or most coaches). Thing is if you are visible as a member of any group your behavior gets assigned to all members of that group. Once that stereotype exists it's hard to break, What I felt at the time was most of the complaints about snowboarders were really directed at the fact that here was a predominently adolescent male group that were unfamiliar with the ski area environment, who over time mellowed into the same ratio of good and bad behavior as the rest of the similarly aged general population. Race groups on the other hand have a higher level of driven, talented individuals and as such seem to have both a slightly higher percentage of well behaved and adjusted people and a much higher level of ego driven jackassery then their similar aged population at large.
Edited by Dave W - 2/5/16 at 2:48pm