I just got back from an overnight with my son at Sunday River. Towards the end of the day my son and I were doing laps on White Heat's double black. It was only 3 1/2 groom widths so I was working pretty damn hard to tighten up the radius of my Contra. The trail has about 3 sections where the pitch increases and you don't have a good view up hill to see who is coming down. Every time I got to the top I made sure I was the only one on that trail because I was taking up the entire trail going down. I stopped at every new pitch pulled over to see if anyone was coming down. Towards the lower part of the trail it opens to a wider trail and flattens out to more of a regular black diamond trail. I had a skier blow by me a pretty good clip that startled me. I was on my toeside and he was about 2 groomer widths away from me, but moving fast. He yelled out "nice fking turns" as he blew by. Next lap he passed me again mid carve higher up where it was tighter. I caught up to him at lift and he was all stoked up at the rooster tail I guess I was leaving carving down. I thanked him and as asked him politely if he would please not pass me on the steeper narrow terrain so I don't accidentally slice him in half. He was a former racer and was actually very nice and agreed that he would have a tough time stopping if something went wrong with me. He did say that he was trying to follow me to watch. I asked him to please give me proper space and not pass me until the trail is wide enough to safely pass me, which he politely agreed to.
I just wanted to share this because this was actually a very good interaction with a knowledgeable and good skier who agreed and realized that he was buzzing the tower a little to close for my comfort. After that he kept his distance and we had some good conversation on the lift.