Grolby, I lived a similar situation, many years ago...
I was skiing down a run in Selva di Valgardena( the dantercepis) which, usually was not frequented at all
because is a)black b) used for the italian military championship DH race (the weeks
before the event it is usually closed, to avoid damages to the surface).
Usually everyone took the red run. Imagine, a run all for yourself!
Unfortunately those were the peak "Tomba effect" years.
So, down I came, at very high speed feeling perfectly in control, and entered
a part of the run making a narrow "S", being at the top of the "S" one couldn't
see anything. Prudence should have had the better hand and I should have slowed down.
As it is, I, being 100% sure that no-one but absolutely no-one was using that
run, decided to have a go and do not slowed down.
BIG mistake, as I entered the "S", I found out that the middle section was clogged by
an instructor and his beginner (adult) pupil and, a father and her 6/7 years old daughter.
Clogged by 4 ppl, you ask? Yes, steep, narrow, was easily clogged by people stopped dead
in the middle of the run, the girl was clearly cold and frightened, the pupil was struggling.
I suddenly found myself without room to manoeuvre in case of problems.
Still feeling in control, I decided to attempt a swoop between the two pairs of
people. Alas, problems came, I hit a little stone with my downhill ski, and I found myself out of balance,fell,
and was faced with the choiche of hitting the girl OR the father,
in shock I realized I could have badly hurt the girl, I managed to deviate from
her and hit the father. Neither me nor him got hurt,TG, and I was dutifylly scolded by the father
AND by the instructor, to whom I "only" offered my excuses.
Why "only"? Because I knew I was blatantly wrong, I should have THOUGHT first,
and then played "Girardelli".
Even if the girl, a beginner, shouldn't have been there, on a black run, dead stopped in the middle
instead of stopping at the side, the bulk of responsibility was mine, for being
much too fast, and for losing control.
Grolby, by the quality of your posts I see that you are a very intelligent person,
and I am sure that you've learnt something from this mis-adventure, like I did from mine.
I still thank God and the Virgin Mary that no-one got hurt, that time, and have learnt to wait
till I am really sure that a run is empty, instead of taking a guess...
We can only learn from our mistakes.
P.S. I mentioned a "Tomba effect", by this I mean that during those years,
there had been a boom of first timers who wanted to emulate Tomba, and do it now!
So were skiing down black runs at places like Alta Badia, without having the
technical skills (nor the right "psychological" attitude).
I.E., the father and the girl, and the beginner who were on that run, all did that
out of this emulation will, so to be able to go back home and say "we skied a black run,
we're like/better than Tomba!". During the past years, I heard that sentence so many times that
I nearly stopped skiing (out of pure disgust) ...but this is another story.
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I was skiing relatively slow for me, making nicemedium radius carved turns,
down probably the hardest trail at the area and an out of control kid came
flying up behind me, fell and took me out like a bowling ball hitting the pins.
He clearly should not have been on this trail. His father came up to me and told
me I should think about skiing a little more carefully, afterall, there were kids around.
I had all I could do to hold my tongue and not give him a piece of my mind.
If the "behind" truly applies, and if I do understand what "behind" means,
By Golly! You should have.
Your situation is clearly differend from mine and Grolby's, you were right,
that kid has learnt nothing from this mis-adventure but that his father is able to
bully everyone. This is definitely not good.
On the same line, quote from Calg:
The mountain belongs to all and especially the children.
They are immune from any breach of RULES.
I do hope you're being sarcastic with the second part of your post.
Because if you're not, well, then I do wholeheartedly disagree.
Kids are NOT immunes from ANY rules, especially on a mountain.
They need to be EDUCATED, else, there wil be always someone posting
something like: "line chislers...." or "the little punk..."
The need to be educated about something does not equal to being immune from
Oz, methinks He's learned that (like I did)!
P.S. I always say: "On your left!" (I do try to overcome people on the same side I'd overcome them on a road), but my problem is I have to say it in three languages at least, to be sure that the guy has understood. By then, I am usually lightyears away.