Originally Posted by sibhusky
.....I realized later that her slowness should have warned me that she was a beginner .....
funny, one of the problems I have related to this is that I cannot always discern whether a boarder is a beginner or not. they all look stiff, chunky, un-coordinated, think penguin on snow. only the expert boarders are identifiable by their skill set, and they are not a problem vis a vis colisions.
the scariest thing by far is boarders hitting small kids. I taught my tiny son for years, You have to ski behind them to protect them as you are more noticable and a better obstacle, but it isn't usually enough to guarantee their safety. for all I did, he still got hit once. that's the experience I come from.
clearly, there are less colisions when you are the skiing faster or as fast as the boarder. but that can escalate. If you are being overtaken, you are helpless. I only get hassled when I have to ski slowly for someone I am teaching or helping.
Saw a near miss that would have been disasterous the other day. Super G training was in progress, all the racers were going half way down the groomed face and hanging a left to the training course. a racer was on such a trajectory, totally obvious, and a boarder straight-lines the left of the face. As could have been forseen by any seeing person, he nearly hit the racer, at oh, maybe 45mph. come onnnnnn! use your brain, a-hole!!!!
BUT HERE'S THE CRUX OF THE MATTER. Boarder is a demographic, not an equiptment preference. and the demographic is teen-ager through low twenties. that is why they are often the offender in matters of safety and etiquette. THEY WANT TO BE THE OFFENDER. they think it's cool. they want to be noticed, for good or bad, MAKES NO DIFFERENCE.
For this reason,yes, a lot of work to do indeed, and don't hold your breath waiting for teen agers to adopt etiquette. There was etiquette in the 60's, but I don't think clever signage will bring it back. (When was the last time you saw a person fill a sitzmark, respect a person's line, yield for courtesy)