Originally Posted by Ghost
1) I hope you touched wood after saying that; you are tempting fate.
2) You need to get a good pair of carving skis and learn how to use them; then you will only need to shut 'er down 1/2 the time.
I don't find the gapers on the hill so annoying, what is annoying is the jibbers and boarders who shoot onto the trail from the trees without checking uphill first.
Oh yeah, welcome to Epicski.
Avoiding "gapers" is not so bad, really all it takes is control and line choice.
One rule is the closer you are to overtake, the closer your speed compared to theirs.
Another good rule is to place your turn around theirs so that your vector/momentum is always away from theirs.
Once you get accustomed to how this principle works even the unpredictible movements can adjust your line without needing to "stop". Even then stopping is not the end of the world or your buzz.
Tis the dooshes diving from the woods where you cannot possibly see them in time to make a defensive move that drives men nuts.
A few years back on an epic powder day the big chair high up was delayed until after noon, as the patrol readied for the rope drop the Chinese downhill cued up. I was lucky to be at the rope itself and made it to the vanguard of straightlining riders down the cat track to the Gold Hill lift.
Almost at the corral, some dudette boarder flys from the trees leaving me no chance but to push her over. Some other dude came at me almost fighting, yelling at me because I was "the uphill rider" and how it was all my fault.
Not having time to argue, I bailed to the growing lift line instead, I did make sure the girl was OK, then gave her a few tips on JUMPING OUT OF TREES into a mass of straightlining skiers(don't do that).