Originally Posted by skiingman
The last time I was actually involved in an incident there was about 5 years ago, as I avoid the place during peak times like the plague. That incident involved me very narrowly missing a middle aged ONY wearing the entire North Face catalog including 3000 cubic inch pack, on Outer Limits. I was zipperlining down the hill when he simply skied in front of me, zig zagging across the hill. There were words shouted, and to this day, I maintain that it isn't my responsibility to stop for idiots on expert terrain.
NO NO NO.
Let me be very clear. You are wrong. If you can't avoid someone downhill of you at the speed you are going, you are not an expert and do not deserve to be on that trail, no matter how stupid or aimless their actions.
I saw a situation very similar to yours on the Highline lift at Vail. This lift serves only black moguls. It was late in the afternoon, and the sun was shining down the plane of the hill. It was beautiful. Think Outer Limits, but two times as long and steeper, so long you can't see the top from the bottom and beautiful black bumps the whole way.
An expert was zipperlining the top section before the first headwall - BLAM BLAMBLAM BLAM. Snow flying, backlit by the sun, the whole bit. Even I'm not that good.
A novice skis aimlessly and in the backseat down beside the line the expert was taking, and (whump) falls literally ten feet in front of him. I thought for sure the expert was going to hit the novice.
Not a chance. A slight, quick edgeset and the expert simply doubled the moguls over and slightly to the left of the fallen novice, a slight change of line. He never stopped, never were there "words shouted". The expert never stopped, and continued on into the fog on the valley floor, keeping up his punishing rhythm.
Your words are those of a not-all-that-advanced skier, and let me tell you why.
If someone forces an expert to change their line and thereby prevents them from finishing a difficult trick or gnarly line, the expert has the presence of mind to change directions and line fluidly and without danger, no matter the speed, direction, or suddenness of the incoming skier
. In your run on Outer Limits, you should have been able to avoid the guy without thinking. Instead, you allowed it to affect your thinking and your line adversely.
The not-all-that-advanced, on the other hand, fixes a set line in their head and can only follow it, not adapt on the fly because their skills just aren't there yet.
Work on your awareness of the things around you, because that's what makes a real expert skier.