Originally Posted by Hvatum
My problem with Snowboarders come from the f1act that my mother was seriously hit by one and the sharp edge of his board cut her leg. This impact turned her off from skiing for four years, meaning I didn't get to ski at all with my family, since she plans all family vacations. Sure, an impact can happen from a skier too, but the edges of skis seems less likely to inflict that kind of cutting injury.
Secondly they sit on lower areas and survey their next line, which is understandable, but often times it's in areas with poor visibility making me change my direction at the last second. Never hit one though, thankfully. I myself do Snowboard, and it was a real thrill to master turning and get good enough to go down blues - and I even caught myself sitting down in a bad position to survey my next line a few times, ironic.
Given these two things I fully fit into the second to last category "Rather not have them on the mountain" - by no means do I hate snowboarders or something silly like that. But in a totally hypothetical world where I can choose between having the same resorts with the same number of visitors, the same revenue and so on... with or without Snowboarders (like all the snowboarders just became skiers) I'd 100% prefer there be no snowboarders on the mountain. Really a minor problem though. Out of control people on the mountain are without doubt a greater problem.
You obviously haven't seen my skis. My goal is to tune them so I could shave with them.
I couldn't care less whether you ski on two skis or one big ski.
If you had to sideslip down a steep slope, you obviously took a wrong turn, so don't do it again! Edges were made to go in one direction. Don't be scraping all the snow off the steep sections so I get gouges in my bases; point them at the bottom and start carving!
I see no excuse for sitting down on the trail. Groomed runs are easy enough that you shouldn't have to scope your line for more than a second or two; the bumps aren't going to change much in the 5 or 10 minutes you spend blocking the line. Again, don't make the same wrong turn time after time. Go to an easier run and learn how to ski/board, then come back.
If you can't control where you're headed, get onto an easier run. There is no excuse for running into people ahead of you.
All of the above applies to skiers, snow boarders, mono skiers, teleskiers, cafeteria tray riders, and anybody else sliding down the slopes.