I already know the answer: ski faster. but here's the question: is it rude?
I'm skiing a huge high angle face with a group of the first ten in, first tracks in a foot of fesh, pretty high speed. This guy is skiing parallel to my line and over-taking. (I know, ski faster, but remember, he can see me; I can't see him.) Then brk decides he prefers my line and does a NASTAR-style swerve and nudge just in front of me and finishes the un-tracked down the line I'm skiing.
I know, for all of my detractors, this story is sweet, but is what brk did rude, does it violate an unspoken code of skiing untracked powder?
Note: He was behind me because I had beat him to the fourth chair after a chinese downhill to the lift, and held my position in the next race to the top of the face. I had paid some dues for my position.
Then he is going to push ahead of other skiers with his Kuros, back seat,surfing the snow in a near straight line.
I heard from a friend that he had started his day by showing late at the lift and cutting 100 people without so much as an excuse me.
I saw him later and as smiling as I could told him I thought it was tacky. He thougt it was bad-ass. We clicked poles and left it friendly. But he won't get an inch of space from me next time, when he is in my sights instead of the other way around.
kamakazi attitude on first runs has been building for some time, and the big fat skis have exacerbated the situation, but this is the first time such overt selfishness has come at me skiing untracked powder on this mountain.