Originally Posted by lennyblake
Don't sweat it, out West we know how to recognize pow noobs - they're the ones looking for their equipment while we avoid the pothole (divot) around them.
We actually use them as gates at Alta. Once, while skiing down a huge open face I used a distant, struggling neophite as a marker to judge my distance and keep my rythm. As I came up to him, on his ass, flailing around, I cut a sharp turn just above him (to stay in rythm) and dumped a huge rooster tail of snow all over the guy. He squacked and wimpered. I was kind of surprised when he hollered. I'd been thinking of him like a terrain feature, a rock or something- a mark to turn on. Sorrry.... Poor guy. Well, we've all been there, I guess
I find the best powder etiquette to be to take my snowboard and cut laterally across an untracked bowl for hundreds of yards, then do a switchyfoot, or whatever, cut all the way back, and repeat...
Anyone who drops out of a line on a designated traverse to break a down angled parallel traverse in order to get out in front ruins lines for everyone and gets soundly reprimanded at Alta. I did it exactly once- years ago. my ears are still burning...