All of the above (except maybe wrath's comment?
). Plus, it's this metro area.
Last week I was in the Poconos and strapping in off a lift, when I hear this d-bag father (skier) start screaming at his 6-7 yr old kid (also on skis) to slow down, where do you think you're going, etc. The kid was pretty much getting out of the way of the lift run off and on a cat track off to the side.
Later down the track I end up right behind them. I could hear his douchey "coaching" comments to his kid and all I could think was, "Kid, 18 can't come soon enough for you." So I scale way back in speed to give the kid a wide berth and didn't try to pass them because I was in no rush.
The father noticed me waiting and told the kid to get to the side but it was a kid with a jerk father so I still didn't try to pass. I was half observing them, waiting for this guy to give me a solid reason to say something, honestly.
Where the track banks to the run, he had his kid wait with him and asked if I wanted to go ahead. He was super nice to me, however. After saying, "Yeah; thanks," I gave the kid some compliments in a super nice way and the father took credit for it. I just gave him a look, smiled at the kid, and rode off.
tlake, sounds like you did the right thing and had the foresight to prevent something from happening as much as you could. Impressed that the lifty and patrol handled it the way they did