Originally Posted by Steve2ski
...All that being said I do agree with you statemant that they are in violation of rule #1, But are they being taught how to be in compliance with it?
My feelings exactly--it's not the skier's fault, they are in _most_ cases hindered by the prominence of snowplowing in their lessons. I don't fault individual instructors, rather the doctrine of the PSIA. They are all trying to make skiing safer, but I'm convinced that the doctrine is very flawed.
"Somebody explain to me how a beginner snowplowing slowly down "your" run in front of and below you is violating Rule #1.
Are they in control? Yes.
Can they stop? Yes
Can they turn? Yes
Can they avoid other people and objects? Yes,..."
I respectfully and generally disagree. A decent skier can snowplow in control, but why would he? It's a tiring and injury-prone movement when done over a long distance. If you are tuckered out from plowing 300 yards, how quickly can you stop? How alert are you? Are you looking ahead or down?
Again, if you have good technique like an instructor, you can do a whole run without damage, and often do to view and address your students well. But a beginner's knees and muscles are pretty shot after a single run.
"Quite curious to hear how you've arrived at the conclusion that someone skiing in a snowplow on a blue run is not in control, or not able to stop/avoid people or objects."
As above. Now, the kind of snow makes a huge difference here. In sweet western packed powder, controlled plowing is easier. On hard or heavy stuff, it's a bear.
Finally, there is speed. If a plowing novice makes an error and gains too much speed, he _cannot_ return to the plow--he must fall or worse. Parallel skiers have immensely safer options in that situation. Hockey stops and parallel skidding are not ideal ways to descend a slope, but are far better than a wedge or plow.
I know I've spoken too broadly about the issue, too doctrinaire. There are many exceptions to my position. Thanks to those who have responded.