Originally Posted by nematon785
You could patiently wait your turn and let the guy go through the crux.
Or you can just start making turns above him, possibly knock off some rock or whatever including your slough or even an avalanche in high consequence terrain that hits him.
Or you could make your first turn and fall down, and tumble right into him.
Or you could ski a different line that is too committed or tight for someone to stop in the crux...
He may have stopped due someone below him who may have crashed or injured or needs call patrol or whatever.
Or he maybe attempting to recover from a fall, injured, looking for yard sale items trying to put on a ejected ski etc...
Or he could be way over his head, needs help, or need shown safe way up down or around. no need for him to be pressured to hurry the crux in high consequence terrain...or be paralyzed or die
I'm fairly certain that the theoretical situation given is with the absence of the listed factors. I'm sure all of us have been in the situation where we've seen a skier doing something that's stupid or annoying on the surface, and we start to get annoyed. Then we discover there's a good reason for it, and our attitude changes completely, doesn't it? No, the situation being presented is the person who obstructs a trail or a line for no good reason. That's not only rude and inconsiderate to do, it also is expressly spoken against in the Responsibility Code.
We, as responsible, intelligent skiers will likely stand and wait for that person to clear the line if we have the opportunity. However, sometimes the issue is that the crux or the choke is blind from above. In that case, its dangerous. Also, just because we have the consideration to wait for the guy to clear the line doesn't mean everyone else will. I've been in the situation of standing at the top of a line (in dense forest, where 90% of the terrain consists of choke points) waiting for someone to clear out of it so I can ski it. Then a half dozen gomers come flying by me and end up causing carnage because they have to panic stop or go into trees in order to avoid the guy. Or they just crash into the guy, now I'm standing above a multi person yard sale with someone bleeding from the eyeballs... all because someone decided to stop and take in the scenery in a spot where nobody could get by them. In that situation, the rest of my day is pretty much shot, because as a responsible skier, I'm going to render care, get patrol, go back to patrol base and fill out a witness report... etc, etc. Now suddenly my annoyance at being held up by a gaper for 30 seconds has turned into 3 hours of lost time, and much worse for everyone else involved.