I have noticed a trend in skiing that you do not see in other extreme/ outdoor sports. I was on the lift and the guys next to be were being so critical of peoples techiniques, not using there poles properly, bad lean angle, hips back etc. I understand the the desire to improve but It seems like skiers are so consumed with technique. One it creates a critical and unfriendly environment and two it stiffles creativity. I see more and more people with fantastic technique and carving hard lines in the snow but with with no real style, they almost look like robots. I am very aware of my technique and am constantly trying to improve it, but more so I am just trying to Have FUN
I love to mix up my turns from large gs to short slalom to anything inbetween within a run, it makes for such a better time. I feel like this critical enviroment is much more common in skiing other outdoor extreme sports like surfing or moutian biking. I rarely hear surfers criticising someone else technique, it is much more about the line they took or the creativity and fun they had on the wave. So lets make an effort to be more supportive of one and other. Whenever I see someone ripping it up from the lift I love to give them a hoot or a rebel yell of encouragement. I wish there was more of this it would make for such a better experience.