|Yes Ott - my instructor hhas taught me that if i see someone I should either
a) TURN DOWNHILL... fast - a nice long one once I have committed to it
or if no time to turn (I am just committed to that turn) then -
b) TAKE THE TURN DOWNHILL....
He insists that like in car driving everyone wants to hhit the brakes - but the accelerator is a viable option & may be safer if you can control the speed...
YES!!!! finally a ski instructor who teaches something other than trying a radical stop. I've had to use this method many times, both from being the subject of an out of control skier, or a ski instructor with too many kids to handle. The most notable was a ski instructor who took a little kid (10ish?) down a black slope that was obviously too much for his student (it appeared to me the instructor wanted to do a personal run). The run had moguls on the right hand side, and groomed perfection on the left. It was me, the student, and the instructor on the entire run. The instructor was keeping his student beside the moguls (I watched from the top for a bit) The kid kept falling, and whenever he started getting fast, the kid would just sit down and slide to a stop.
I started my run, wide gs style turns at probably 40 mph or so; not too fast for anything, especially with an empty slope (about 50 yards wide). When I was about 50 yards uphill from the student, and 20 yards or so uphill from the instructor, the instructor decided to have a little fun and pointed his skis down the hill in a moderate turn left. The student also happened to begin a pulling to the left, not in a turn, just kinda pointing his skis. This did two things: 1. cut off my planned line to cut inbetween them when I saw that the kid was starting to go left, and I didn't want to cut to the left of the kid; close to the trees. 2. had me uttering curse words when the slope turned to ice right when they started these unpredicted movements. So I was forced to go to the left of the kid, with both the instructor and the kid going left. I had two choices, point it and tuck or throw em sideways and hope the ice ends. I chose to tuck, and while it was close, I have no doubt that I did the right thing by going faster and cutting it close to the kid. The kid ended up actually going across the ENTIRE RUN. the whole way I had no choice to but try to go faster, certainly no room to turn and no way to stop on the ice. (now tying in the point of this thread...) Had the instructor never taken the kid on such an advanced run, and had the instructor not randomly decide to let loose his speed deamon, and had the kid not decide to break his pattern for the entire run; there would have been no incident. While it was my duty to avoid him (and I did, sucessfully, and provided a nice show flying off the catrack at the bottom... this is certainly a case where unpredictable skiing was to blame, along with a little ice. I'm not angry at them for their skiing, but it would have been safer for all of us if they hadn't randomly decide to cut across a run. ( the kid was still going in a left turn, 4 feet from the begining of the trees when I went by him) The same applies to beginners who decide to turn left, go straight, turn left, turn right, right, right, etc etc. While them may technically be allowed to do this, they should not be suprised when it causes them a problem.
I will still avoid hitting them, no matter what they do, but I wish someone would tell them how to make it safer for us all......