I dunno, folks, I think Stogie is onto something legitimate. Where I grew up skiing (mid-Atlantic, mostly Charnita, Roundtop, Camelback, Blue Knob & Seven Springs) there were significant problems with wedge-wigglers skiing the toughest runs on the mountain.
As many threads in these Forums show, most humans are obsessed with skiing certain levels of ski run. Beginners target the blues, intermediates target the blacks, advanced skiers target the multi-diamonds. Sometimes -- nay, many times -- folks get carried away with the notion of accomplishment and forget the path to get there. The result? Barneys in the bumps, Simons in the steeps, Poindexters in the powder. All geeks. All belong elsewhere.
I don't see Stogie saying they should get the F off the mountain. I see him complaining -- LEGITIMATELY -- of selfish self-aggrandizers who insist on "skiing the expert runs" even though what they're doing is not in any way skiing, it's actually surviving.
For those of you lucky enough to never have experienced this horror, I applaud your luck. But I caution you against labelling Stogie as a hyper-reactionary. He's raising an issue that long has troubled me.
Frankly, in modern years (the past 4 I've been skiing), the problem is that novice boarders are bulldozing slopes they don't belong on. They get atop a slope steeper than their abilities warrant, and simply turn the board perpendicular and scrape their way downhill in a constant grading and grating motion.
This is not a snowboarder thing. It's not a skier thing. It's a selfishness thing.
Everyone has their first run on a tougher-rated slope. That's inevitable. But should that run be your standard fare for your day of snow play? Should hackers be skiing/boarding where their inabilities don't belong? A little humility takes one a long way toward accomplished skiing/riding. The fundamentals learned on gentler slopes are essential to improving.
Do you nay-sayers really dispute these observations?