We tuck the whole way down the mountain non-stop and go as fast as we can go in the 1000 feet of vertical we have. As I stated the trails are pretty empty and wide. On the intermediate part (the top) we're still going pretty slow and passing people isn't much different than normal. However once you hit the transition to the black you get a lot of people stopping and it can get a bit more crowded, but by crowded I mean 4 people at the top and another 3 on the trail. When its empty we keep tucked and fly for distance on the drops. When there are people however, I usually slow up a bit and make sure I give them plenty of room so there's no high speed collisions. My friend however never lets up so when the slope is populated, I always lose the race down.
Last time for example he skied in a tuck and we were moving pretty fast (fast enough the skis were chattering in a straight line) he went between two people about 5 feet apart right at the top of a drop. Obviously his skiing is irresponsible. I want to know, are my actions irresponsible. Yes I am going pretty fast on an open trail, but I'm always in control and give room between me and other skiers and riders; is the speed alone irresponsible, or is it only considered irresponsible when you are doing things like my friends are doing?