Interesting thread nolo.
I am currently helping a company that wants to be the title sponsor for a skiing competition series here in Tahoe area where the winner will receive, among other things, a free Heli trip for two to Valdeez sp? AK.
I am charged with helping to create the criteria for what kind of competition we will have. There will be three qualifiers at different resorts followed by a final to determine the winner.
My thinking is to make this competition more about technically good skiing in the steeps rather than the current trends in free skiing comps. The criteria, for which I am open to everyone's thoughts, will be judged on speed, technically sound skiing, rythme, fluidity, line. So functional air is fine and scored highly if the competitor can keep it within a good flow and rythme of his/her run, but will be scored down if it involves stopping and billy goating before the jump. My goal is to attract instructor types and racers who have strong technical skills and can apply them in a ripping fashion. I have been talking with Dan Egan who is sharing his thoughts and ideas. Hopefully we can employ some celebrity judges such as Dan, Wayne Wong, Glenn Plake perhaps to give the whole thing some cred.
I remember watching an extreme tour comp at Snowbird years ago while we were doing an ESA camp there and was pretty amazed at the lack of technical skiing ability and that most competitors simply traversed from one drop or jump to another and actually skied quite poorly.
reading this thread as it develops will be very helpful in shaping this competition perhaps?
Maybe try something like three runs: Steeps/natural terrain, bumps, and groomed. That should show who's got the skills.