I've had these situations before too ... typically on green slopes. Many skiers there are novices, don't know "the code", can barely remain upright and are very, very unstable. I basically stay away from the greeners if at all possible ... mainly to remove the boredom factor. The point here is:
inexperienced, unstable people on skis + sloping surfaces = out of control.
Someone who's out of control doesn't care about the "code" ... they only care about stopping and/or saving their arse! So given the formula here, I can't criticize out of control skiing on beginners slopes ... I expect it.
I only insert myself into this environment if I have to, but typically my measures are to:
- Stay well off to the side of the trail
- Be very wary of slower skiers and ones below
- Always look over my shoulder before turning and be prepared to stop
- Give a wide berth to all
- When about to pass someone, shout out ... "PASSING ON YOUR LEFT" or "ON YOUR RIGHT" to let these know I'm coming around.
I want beginners to learn, grow and get better so as to promote the sport. Granted, I have the "right" to ski on the greens, but my approach is to relinquish the "greeners" to the beginners ... let 'um learn, fall, ski out of control and hopefully not get hurt. It doesn't do these any good for me to blow by in close proximity ... it only frustrates and/or scares the hell out of 'em. I'm prepared to give all of the green slopes to these, unless I have to take the trail getting back to the lodge. And in this case, these can still have the whole thaaang ... just please let me pass safely thru.