Gee Skiingman, you sure got me. Sorry for annoying you with my whining. Actually, the last time I checked, stating an opinion & trying to have some rational discourse about the subject on the internet was allowed....unless disagreeing with your views is considered whining, by default. Next time, I'll be sure to pre-screen my post with you to make sure you aren't bothered by them. Better yet, we can avoid the "skiingman annoyance" issue very easily....don't read my posts. That would lower your blood pressure & save some bandwidth. After all, why get apoplectic about some web-postings?
On a more serious note, I don't think we (me & you, skiingman) are saying anything radically different. A$$hats who smash into people & bolt are the scum of the slopes, regardless of what they are riding. Yes, they will be willfully ignorant of the skier's code of conduct. Yes, they will try to avoid responsibility. The real question is how do you minimize the impact they have on everyone else.
Several people have brought up the traffic analogy. I believe the "code of conduct" is the best generic attempt to establish rules of the road. For example, a collision from behind is usually considered the fault of the person approaching from the rear. In a car, if you crash into someone ahead of you, you can be pretty sure you'll get a ticket, barring unusual circumstances. Similarly, if someone crashes into a downhill skier, you can be pretty sure they (the uphill skier) is at fault, unless the downhill skier was in a blind spot. I suppose we could put directional indicators ("blinkers") on everyone's backside but I shudder to think what that might look like going down a slope. "Saturday Night Fever" meets "Gorillas in the Mist".
Tagging people who ski/slide like idjits would be fantastic (like getting points on your license), but the industry is far too disjointed to put in place a viable database. So that leaves, you, the consumer, to protect the interests of the many (you & your co-skiers) from the idiocy of the few (the irresponsible menaces, who drive up your lift ticket prices et al. by shifting insurance & the cost of safety precautions to everyone else). My opinion (not to be confused with whining) is to chase them down when you see it happen... and you will. If they can walk away with no consequence, it will continue to happen. There are some rudimentary steps that some resorts are taking, but it leaves much to be desired. I'll leave that for another topic.
My hope (can I still hope, skiingman?) is that eventually, enough people realize they benefit from the rules more than it crimps their style. Flashing down a crowded run is great fun until someone even faster clips you & blows your knee out because you were in the way. Nothing that serious ever happened to me or my skiing/boarding friends & family, but I feel like it's just a matter of time. At least that's the way it feels out here in the NE.
If you seriously disagree & want to discuss this, send me a PM. I'm happy to discuss by phone if you want to shoot me your #.