|Originally posted by HeluvaSkier:
If youre on a wide open black groomed hill and getting passed by racers, the chances that youre going too slow on that particular hill are pretty good - most likely you are the hazard - not them. If its on a green circle trail that leads to the lift - what is wrong with them heading for the lift line? Are you amd because they get there before you? You have to see things from their point of view too.
The fact of the matter is - when they pass you - they are slowed down. You watch the next time a group passes you - they are bunched up in a group because people in front of them are going too slow.
Who determines what is slow on a wide open groomed black run? I have seen expert skiers take a very slow approach to steep groomed runs.
Chances are that if a racer didn't pass me making GS turns then I would not consider them a good racer.
I think it's unfair to call people who ski slower than racers obstacles as everyone has a right to ski on an open run.
Anyone has the right to get to the lifline first but not when they ski over people's equipment and cut people off in a group of 15 racers. I personally think most liftlines and umloading zones are a clusterf--k but that is besides the point.
If a group of over a dozen racers are flying down a run that I am on and they need to rethink their line or slow down because there other buddies are right up each other's asses for fun, then boo hoo. It makes me feel so bad for them that they need to respect the downhill skier.
I run into alot of people that ski way slower then me and they make very erratic movements across the hill.
Do I think of them as obstacles or think that they are skiing to slow for a run, or think that they don't belong there?
No not really.
I respect the fact that they are also trying to enjoy skiing and that they paid just as much money for their lift ticket as I did.
Who and I to take away their enjoyment by buzzing past them at warp speed and messing up their line or making them feel unsafe?
It's all relative as I was once a shitty beginner but I still don't ruin other people's ski day now that I am much better.
Maybe more people would ski or keep skiing if they felt safer or if they didn't get yelled at by someone because that person had to slow down to get around them.