|Even though the highway analogy seems to be logical, I don't think it holds up. On the highway, we have lanes and speed limits and generally understood ways that we all drive (most of the time, anyway).
I do agree with Bob and everyone else about the uphill skiers responsibility. If you're not good enough to avoid ANY situation that could possibly happen in front of you then you need to slow down!! However Bob also brought to light an interesting thing. . . .If someone does stop in the middle of the road for no reason, shouldn't they (and they are) be ticketed if it causes an accident? The highways, interstates and most other major roadways provide approptiate areas for pulling over when necessary. Likewise if you going down the road and someone suddenly cut's in front. Isn't it technically their fault?? More so at an intersection. Perhaps we should put Stop and Yeild signs at intersecting trails??? :
I don't think that the uphill skiers responsibility should change, but I do think that more emphisis needs to be put on what a downhill skiers responsibility is too. One of which is to be aware of whats going on uphill and watch for the idiots who aren't watching you!!!