I agree totally with Gonzo.
However, in fairness, I do realize that there are many possible reasons that some people perceive the problem to be less serious than others.
For starters, as suggested earlier, I'm convinced that there are huge differences in the rate of bad interactions on the mountain simply based on crowd density. This factor is hugely dependent on where you are located in the US/world, how many customers your mountain gets, whether or not you ski on weekends, what types of runs (bowls vs narrow trails) your mountain has and which you frequent, which level of runs you frequent (ie, many more people on greens and blues), etc.
For example, I can go to one of my local areas on a weekday, ski the blacks, and it feels like it did 30 years ago. OTOH, if I ski the greens & blues slowly on weekends with low level skiers whose safety I am responsible for, I feel like I just came back from a war zone. Think about your own patterns of use before you minimize the valid experiences of other people.
Finally, while one can argue that most accidents are preventable, as I have said in previous posts, I'm not talking about the person who occasionally catches an edge and falls into you, or someone who gets thrown in the back seat and is so paralyzed with fear they can't bail out so they pick up speed and cause a horrible collision.
My gripe is specifically with the young males (mostly 'boarders but occasionally skiers) who clearly have enough skill to control their path, but nevertheless intentionally buzz, cut off, and/or clip/bump people. Without exception, they only do this to people they perceive as vulnerable. To test this, in the course of one run, I have switched from skiing in an intentionally awkward wedge (poles up, leaning back) to skiing with linked crossunder turns. The increase in the number of near misses when I look vulnerable is absolutely astonishing. In both cases, I am going at the same downhill speed and occupying the same amount of L-R space on the trail. Try this test for yourself on a crowded weekend day on a low blue.
What this tells me is that there is clear intent and mallice in the minds of the population I am discussing. Sadly, I suspect that many of them are so used to this sort of behavior that they don't even consciously realize what they are doing.
In summary, as I said before, I am most definitely not looking for this sort of behavior to correct, but when your own kid, friends, or class is being subjected to this, and you are responsible for their safety, it is utterly impossible to ignore obviously intentional harrassment.
Tom / PM
PS - Another test of their intent and competance is to suddenly put something in the path of an oncoming harrasser that would make THEM suffer consequences.
A recent example of this occurred on Sunday. I was waiting for my group at the top of a chair on a green run. I was as far off the trail as I could get when a teenaged boarder comes sideslipping towards me. He has a huge amount of room to avoid me, but from his course, it is obvious that the end of his board is going to touch the tips of my skis. I say, "WATCH IT!". He does nothing. I wait until he is about 2 feet away, suddenly lean forward, and jab a pole about a foot in front of my skis. If he just touched my skis, he would have not gone down, but with my pole now towards the center of his board's path, he clearly would fall, so with perfect precision, he turns his board sideways to slip on by. He gave me a dirty look and said nothing. This proved to me his competance and intent to harrass. I didn't bother chasing him down because this sort of low level harrassment is so common. This is but one of many examples of the sort of limits testing behavior these kids engage in. Unfortunately, they also engage in behaviors that can cause serious harm.