Originally Posted by Bonni
I'm not sure that's good advice for anyone. The people that shoot down the runs when it's crowded are the ones that make the lesser skilled people make sudden movements to possibly Avoid being hit by you guys, since we HEAR someone approaching very fast and want to get away.
Now that we've established that I am one of 'you guys' that is the bain of your and every slow skier's existance I guess we should cover the problems with you gals and your skiing. Oh wait, I've never seen you ski so I couldn't possibly judge that nor should I make gross and general assumptions of what you do on the hill.
I am curious whether you think seeing or hearing a loud truck on the highway (or an unmuffled motorcycle) is justification for erractically veering into the other lane. Myself I don't really think it matters whose justified as the collision and ensuing injuries are something I prefer to avoid. That is why when I hear/see something that startles me on the highway or ski hill I have trained myself not to overreact and make erractic sudden moves whether I feel justified in doing it or not.
My response was slightly tongue in cheek. Though no mention of skiing ability was made in LMs post I am aware of her oft stated perception of her skiing level. But still the tactic can work very well and you shouldn't knock it until you try it. But given the assumptions you've already made of my skiing maybe actual knowledge and experience isn't something you let clutter an opinion.
That being said what I stated is in fact one of many tactics I use in a controlled and considered fashion with safety and courtesy in mind. Feel free to make that assumption of it's use instead of the assumptions you made.
I'm not sure Keystone is ever quite the problem that Eastern skiers contend with daily. Westerners do tend to overstate problems with crowding as they enjoy their space. My first tactic is to live in the West and not ski at busy times. I will also ski against the terrain. If the falline naturally takes the bulk of skiers to one side of the run I will take the other side. I focus on the most space on a run and lack of cross traffic and watch skiers ahead to judge their movements and patterns well before I get to them. If room is limited I will slow until I see them solidly go one direction and I will pass on the opposite if the room is there. Skiing faster than the other skiers on the slope in no way implies Mach 2. Depending where one is a little faster than the other skiers rarely is really very fast at all.
Arriving early and getting to the better terrain quickly also avoids the grief. At noon when the lemmings go in for lunch I stay out and ski. At 1:00 or 1:30 when the lemmings follow each other out of the lodge back onto the hill I will take my lunch or maybe call it a day. Early season when just one strip is open of a beginner run I do not go opening day, weekends, school holidays and make my appearance early before the mobs hit usually ski through lunch and the afternoon when the hung over hordes really descend I go home.
I consider safety as a two way street and collision avoidance as my first duty whether others are doing what I consider correct or smart or not.