UP and Skierteach, I have no doubt that you are careful, and am truly happy to see that people o'er there are starting to resent the intromission of laws even in minimal details of our lives, a trend that we here in Italy feel started there (rightly or wrongly).
But, for one/two like you, there are many, many others that aren't careful (and this term is too bland), that left their newborn child lying in the car the whole day, while they were skiing, only to find him/her dead at lift closing time (yes, it really happened)
So, laws and rules are there to protect these kind of people from themselves (and their children from them too).
I beleive I am a careful, competent skier, even so, when I suggested I might do the same thing you did I was beaten (figuratively) into a pulp by: then-wife, then-inlaws, mother, uncles, birds, cats and dogs, until I had to give up.
Now that my sons are 9 and 8 I truly enjoy a skiing day with them, since they can ski the whole day on their own skis, which is much, much more fun, beleive me. The danger of collisions is there all the time, of course we cannot foresee what could happen. Last saturday a teen ager in blades had a near-miss with my oldest son, he was clearly not in control while skiing in a slow-down area, at least he apologized.
PM, as said, I beleive I am a careful skier, never broke a bone while on skis, nevertheless, in 32+ years of skiing (avg 10-15 days per season, which, for me is a lot) I had at least 3 collisions that I remember and as many near-miss. All happened in the last 10 years, a hint that runs have really become crowded.
-Collided with a guy who had just taken a rest at the side of the run, clearly my fault, since I was not looking in front of me, because I was afraid of being hit from behind!!!
No damages reported, except a small dent in one of my skis top cover. Well, live to learn that you can't use your eyes only, while out there, eyes must lok forward. To cover the rear use another sense, like, the ear.
-Collided with a father who was taking his 6 years old daughter down a black run (used for downhill races). Said daughter decided to stop in a blind,steep spot because she was afraid and cold. Again, my fault, came in said blind spot without slowing down, hit a rock, lost a ski, and could only steer enough to hit the big guy instead of the kid. Big scare, no damages suffered, profusely apologized and took the following hard rebuke from said father and from an instructor that was nearby. Again lesson to learn: runs are not as empty as were before, must be more careful and remember that even if it is not "morally" right, everyone can decide to take his beginner child down a steep run that said child can't handle. It' a free counntry.
-Was hit from the right by a guy (not a friend not a mate, just another skier who happened to be there) who started after me on the same run, I tend to turn after 5-10 mts past the initial push, this guy wanted to accelerate more, so did went straight into my side. Again, no damages. I think this was not my fault (I-technically speaking-was the downhill skier). Lesson learnt: wait till everyone is well away from you, in front as well as behind, before starting.
-Near-miss my friend while skiing follow-the-leader at high speed
-A guy near missed my son and me when bombed between the two of us, last year, and then started to complain that I had cut his path!!! I nearly beated him wiyth my poles.
See, I am prepared to accept that I can be wrong, but when I know I am right, I cannot accept to be treted as the one at fault.
Bottom line, one cannot be careful enough, if one is too focused toward one danger area only, could find himself exposed (even at fault) from another.
Anyway, I was not judging anyone, when I first commented, you want to take your daughter with you, have fun, and enjoy ythe day with her! Happy new year!