This has been tangent to some posts about fat skis, but it is so pissing me off, that I want to make an issue of it.
Big skis are being used to go really fast in powder, and on my mountain, the first high-speed colision in powder that I have heard of has resulted between an errant straight-liner and an errant oblivious traverser.. And the perpetrator (str lnr) has been headed that way for a while; he has been way too close to me earlier this season on one of his hot runs. He's kind of a bud, but he really pissed me off wth that crap.
Powder used to lead skiers to smooth, silent running. Now it is conditions for hitting the highest speeds. Folks, note the change and make the necessary changes in how you make your crucial judgements regarding choice of line that will not rudely cut someone off or converge with them resulting in colision.
It's a sudden and huge change on the hill and folks need to figure it out (this isn't AK).