Originally Posted by telerod15
What exactly is it about traversing that upsets people so much? When I skied terrain that required a traverse, I used the same path as everyone else, but I don't understand why taking a lower line would be "...the worse thing one can do on skis". How does it "...ruin the day of others"?
It seems like you would have to be burned out on the joy of skiing and the beautiful surroundings to even notice something like that. To obsess about it and let it ruin your day may be pathetic.
Traverses are problematic (feelings not pathetic or obsessive) because they are an area of the mountain (and an aspect of skiing) that require co-operation to work efficiently.
Many skiers are aware of the potential they have to maintain and farm
the slopes, that is, to ski and hike in a manner that is least damaging and consuming of the fresh snow. then more people enjoy that fresh snow feeling, and for more laps. and that's a good thing.
Traverses also bring to the fore many issues of etiquette and custom and tradition.
Dropping off a traverse and passing 20 people on a line below them is rude.
Everyone on the traverse saw that there were ways to pass the line of skiers and snake the line from a lower start point, being willing to reduce the vertical, but they didn't do it. They felt the urge, had the same selfish thought, but resisted the temptation.
why? because it would be rude, selfish, lazy, unaware, gaperish.
Custom functions when people see the reasoning behind it
and are not willing to attract the scorn (ridicule is a social mechinism) of skiers that observe the unwritten rules
Above ^^^^it is mentioned that the line of skiers you pass may yell at you, or far worse
. what would that