I was up at Whitetail last Wednesday. The place was just about deserted. I could literally stand halfway down our most crowded run (angel drop) and not see anyone else on the trail. There were also a couple of times I was the only person on the lift I was riding. It was great.
I was out making big, high speed carves on my carving/race snowboard, using every bit of width of the trail (well, the parts that had snow on them
: ). At one point, I was standing at the top of the run (Angel Drop), and just as I started skiing down, with no one visible in front of me, a group of about 7 people skied off the lift in my direction. They probably ranged from 16 to 45 years old. They were being very loud and obnoxious.
I was about half way down, moving at about 80-90 degrees to the fall line at a very high rate of speed when one of them goes blowing past in a tuck. Scared the crap out of me, especially knowing that there were a lot more to that group. I pointed my board straight down the fall line and sloooowly side slipped to a stop, while just looking up hill as they all came barreling past. I did not feel safe! I made one more run on the board then went and got my skis because I didn't seem to be able to stay away from them on that trail. So I went skiing in the bumps and steeper terrain to avoid them.
Granted, to their benefit, I was the only other person on the trail, and I always ski/ride very predictably (as much as possible but some people have no idea what to look for to know you are about to turn and don't see the rhythm to your turns), so if you're going to tuck a hill, it was a good time to do it, but I would have preferred some advance notice since I'm going across the fall line at high speed.