Originally Posted by prickly
And I don't expect anyone to abide by the code, even though it pisses me off when people don't.
Yes. Know it, hope others know it and care, but don't be surprised when they don't. Even though it is a form of recreation with risk, it's still recreation, and many skiers (a group notoriously averse to getting educated about how to actually have the most fun, preferring the immediate, short-term rush instead) apparently believe they should be allowed to leave their brains at home.
Originally Posted by JRN
So if you are having trouble avoiding people below you slow down and give them a lot of space. As was said there is a lot of real estate. If you simply find slower skiers skiing to be erratic and annoying, get over it. After all we all skied like that at some point in time.
Yes. Let them motor along, however they're going to go, and give them plenty of room. With the exception of cat walks, groomed green and blue runs generally have a lot of space. And even on cat walks, you can't expect people to behave any particular way, and you may just have to adjust your own skiing - although some people apparently have trouble with that.
Also, remember that snowboarders have a blind side and can roll onto the heel edge at any time. Give them LOTS of room!
As a Winter Park/Mary Jane veteran, I've generally found the blue groomers more dangerous than the green runs, mostly because the people with inflated ideas about their own skill levels are moving a lot faster on the blue runs. I especially didn't like Sleeper on the Mary Jane side because of the relatively large number of unguided missiles.
The lower Parkway cat walk was especially crowded and potentially dangerous. There were many collisions, almost always caused by impatience on the part of an uphill skier.
I guided visually impaired skiers at WP/MJ for many years without a collision. We took up our share of space, to be sure, mostly on blue groomers. I looked over my shoulder a lot.
We had a close call once when we weren't even moving. We had stopped about 10 feet from the trees near the side of a large, open blue groomer. My skier had a bright orange Blind Skier bib on; I had a matching Guide bib. A young male, about 14 years old, came swooping in from the middle of the slope, missed my skier's skis by about 1 foot, and fell down before hitting the trees. He promptly popped up and went sailing across the entire hill the other side, where he again fell down. He was joined by his buddies at that point, so he stayed where he was until my skier and I caught up with him. When I suggested that he might want to learn how to ski a bit better so he could avoid other skiers, he said (and this is an exact quote), "I can ski just fine. I just can't stop or turn."
And I thought skiing involved stopping and turning. Silly me.
I've told the above story many times, because it just boggles my mind. Some of you have probably seen it before.
We also note that, even though this kid was taking up the whole run, we would have had no trouble avoiding him when coming down from above, even though one of us was visually impaired.