This discussion reminds me of a little incident last season. On a run that is primarily a run-out to access other runs. It has a a few flat sections where the flow of virtually everyone
is straight down the moderate fall line to carry speed.
On the side by the trees, near the transition from sloped to semi flat, was a seated snowboarder listening to tunes with a headset facing down the run. She abruptly stood up and started crossing the fall line without so much as a glance to see if anyone was coming. I easily veered to avoid and said exactly, "Don't be afraid to look up the hill before heading across it", on the way by. Had it been a second or two later and I was somehow otherwise distracted or if it was someone else, she could have been clobbered.
At the next trail, I stopped to wait for friends and this young thing slid up, took off her headset and started swearing at me and getting in my face because I was giving her #@&$ and had no right to do. She also tells me that it was my responsibility to look out for her and not for her to look out for me and I should just leave?
: I said she could get herself hurt, no matter who's responsibility. She'd have none of it and definitely had an attitude. (I'm not sure she actually heard what I said in the the first place, either due to the headset.)
My comment had nothing to do with responsibility but common sense to avoid a collision. It would have been like someone driving into a busy intersection without looking and blaming the collision that would ensue on everyone else rather than looking in the mirror.
Is there some fine line between common sense and the Skier Responsibility Code needing better interpretation or wording?