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Does contributing on a ski forum make you a better and wiser skier? Person?

post #1 of 24
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Some of us have posts in the 10's of thousands...and that's just here, there are many other ski forums around the web.   Do you feel that having been involved has made you a better skier?   Has it made you more knowledgeable?   Has it helped you in other things other than skiing?   Do you enjoy all that is skiing more as a result of your participation?   Or has it been quite the contrary?

 

 

For me all the positives above hold true.   I have gained immense knowledge both from doing my own research to participate in discussions as well as learning from others.   Whether it be technique, where to go, what to wear, what to look for in a good ski, participation has been pivotal.  Some of the best heated debates have brought up some of the best hard knowledge.  As a result I have become very entrenched in all that is skiing (if it were not such a volatile industry I would probably get involved business wise), even when I am months away from seeing snow and have not seen a mountain in weeks.  Whether this is good or bad in my life outside of skiing is up for debate and will depend on who you ask.   I find that when I speak to people in person that supposedly know a lot about skiing...all of a sudden realize how much more I know than they, this is largely due to my participation on ski forums.


Edited by Richie-Rich - 3/29/11 at 10:14pm
post #2 of 24

I think it provides a lot of useful perspective. I'm continually surprised in learning other posters thoughts and comments on a subject that I thought was "black and white". Its opened my eyes to a lot of different opinions on things.

 

Its fun to banter , sometimes argue, and share on the forum. Best thing is the shared "zen" if you will, of others excitement regarding new gear, ski trips, etc. There's alot of camaraderie that is enjoyed through Epic Ski.

post #3 of 24

Yes. Yes. I think so. Yes. I hope NOT!

post #4 of 24

It makes me better as in A Legend in My Own Mind...I end up daydreaming about deep turns more.

 

Sarcasm aside, participation is a bit like visualization - which is what racers do - so it must help.

 

Plus, the fact that there are quit a few industry professionals and ski vets who freely share what adds up to a collective millenia of ski knowledge on technology, technique, and locations and conditions.

 

Pretty stoked on this forum for the most part.

post #5 of 24

I've felt a small but noticeable surge of ability every post. By my calculations, if I can catch up to Trekchick, I'll be on the W.C. circuit. In fact, I may give up skiing and just post about it. Much more satisfying and I don't fall as much...

post #6 of 24

I haven't learned a lot about skiing here mainly because I don't have the patience to read through the long posts on ski technique.  On the other hand, I've pick up some invaluable tips while skiing with members of this forum.

post #7 of 24

Yes, the ability to lend my vast knowledge to others has put me to within an inch of actual sainthood...just kidding!  I think of a forum as "sharing knowledge", and there's been plenty of that on Epic ski from my point of view.  I've learned a ton, and the Internet has become an extension of my ski teaching (6 years in Colorado, L3 PSIA) and coaching (USSA L100) careers.  I do the same thing on the Tennis Warehouse forums.  That is, I exchange advice with all kinds of tennis players all over the globe, and it's a logical extension of my tournament schedule and coaching activities (I coached a 3.0-3.5 NTRP group and a second 4.0-4.5 group in Longmont, CO, last summer),

 

The best part, however, is when I get to ski with some bears in person, especially after exchanging posts with them over the years.  I got to race with Rick at the Ski Cooper DHs a couple of seasons ago, and he proved to be as knowledgeable and affable in person as he does on these fora.  SkiMangoJazz and I have been exchanging posts and PMs for years; I finally got to ski with him and his new wife on an epic (joke, ha ha) powder day at Loveland this year.  One of the best days of skiing I've had in years, and it all came about thanks to Epic Ski and the net...

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post #8 of 24

It keeps me mentally skiing, even when I am not. 

post #9 of 24

People aren't afraid to express when they are amply pissed-off at something somebody said online.  Therefore, that gives people good feedback for real life about what they should or maybe shouldn't say.

 

About skiing, I learned so much about wax and overlays, and it helped my local NASTAR times tremendously, and also my free-skiing enjoyment.

 

 

Beyond that, you gotta go out and ski.  It is much more profound going from Ohio to Winter Park and feeling the deep lactic acid burn in your quads than it is hearing from a Front-Range epicski user that the skiing in ohio sucks.  The leg burn, elevation, and steepness resonates with me more than what someone could say on a forum.

 

But for purely informational stuff this place rocks.

post #10 of 24

Let me put it this way, it used to be a couple of ski mags for two days a month, eight months out of the year.  Now it's like 20 new ski mag issues come out every day all year long.  Order of magnitude increase in stokage and information.wink.gif

post #11 of 24

Most of my posts are actually in the lounge on informal game threads. 

 

Other than those...

 

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post #12 of 24

I found epicski some years ago while looking for a ski that might be more appropriate to small Ontario hills.

 

Since then I think I have learned a lot about skiing from these forums.

 

Has it made me a better skier?  Too hard to say.  I assume the knowledge has, but the practice is lagging behind, and the older I get the better I was. wink.gif

 

What it has done is given me countless hours of enjoyment conversing about skiing with other folk who enjoy doing the same (instead of boring everybody 'cause nobody else around me really cares all that much about skiing).

 

 

post #13 of 24
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Yes. Yes. I think so. Yes. I hope NOT!



what he said.

 

post #14 of 24

You get out of things what you are willing to.  If you are open to learning, you learn, if not you don't.

 

I have learned an enormous amount from epic over my 7 years here.  First about ski tuning.   Then about gear.  Then about technique.

 

I've also learned as much, if not more, about communicating, about being diplomatic, about not saying (writing) much of what I want to.  I have grown as a communicator here greatly.

 

So I think I am a better person thanks to my active involvement here.  And most definitely a better skier.

 

 

post #15 of 24

I will echo what Ghost and others say... it is nice to share the passion of skiing with others who love it as much as we do, here at epicski.  Nobody on my Facebook really gives a flying fuck about skiing... obviously there are many acquaintances on FB with whom I wouldn't interact anyway, but even my close friends don't care much about POV videos I post there.

 

But here at epicski, I really enjoy interacting with poeple who do care about skiing.

post #16 of 24

This is the only forum that I really participate in.

 

It has opened my eyes to many different ways of thinking about skiing & expanded my views. 

It keeps me motivated & interested during times when skiing is not on the forefront.

I have met & skied with a few of the people on this forum & had a great time with them.

I have reconnected with a few people from my past, & it is great to know that these folks are still involved & passionate.

I have gotten some valuable stoke, information, feedback & insights, hopefully I have shared some back.

It is nice to be able to interact with like minded people, even if we don't always agree or may never meet.

For the most part, it has been a positive experience.

Thanks,

JF

post #17 of 24

Brilliant :-)
 

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post #18 of 24
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Brilliant :-)
 



 



Originally posted by Alpinord a long time ago.

post #19 of 24

Posting here makes you a better person.  And it makes your teeth whiter!

post #20 of 24

EpicSki has definitely made me a better instructor, boarder, and skier (in that order). Some of the crew here has been amazing in helping with my beginner teaching. I'm also sure I wouldn't have passed my level 1 boarding if it weren't for TheRusty's help. And I've never even met him in person. 

 

The site is an absolute cornucopia of information. I feel like folks in the US may be somewhat better interconnected than those of us in Canada (given the whole epic course thing). It could be neat to have some gatherings up here too!

post #21 of 24

 

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The site is an absolute cornucopia of information. I feel like folks in the US may be somewhat better interconnected than those of us in Canada (given the whole epic course thing). It could be neat to have some gatherings up here too!

 

What I'm hearing is "Metaphor is volunteering to organize the EpicSki Whistler-Blackcomb Gathering in 2012".  smile.gif

 

Like SMJ said, you get out of things what you put into them.  It would be hard to spend a lot of time here and NOT learn a few things.

post #22 of 24

fuels the stoke

some great laughs

lotza popcorn posts/threads

good chance of findin the info you seek

 

sortta like  (from another thread I just posted to) crowding a HUGE amount of fun, crazy, serious, ridiculous, humorous, addicted, psychotic, delusional, friendly folks into the Hong Kong at Vail... after a 3 ft 'fresh day' in the bowls...

without the bad breath...

post #23 of 24

Better; yes.  In two ways.  It's pushed me to seek out more challenges, but most importantly it's given me the opportunity to ski with others that are way better than me and that's always a good way to improve.

I've become more knowledgeable with so much information from a lot of knowledgeable people and some experts.

I have not become wiser though.   A wise skier enjoys their time and company regardless of where they're at and how good their ski partners are.  Communicating on a forum can have the opposite effect.  When you spend a lot of time communicating with people that are knowledgeable and enthusiastic (and opinionated), it has a tendency to make you feel like you are above things.  You don't need to be the most experienced or knowledgeable person on a subject to enjoy it the most. 

post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by shmerham View Post

Better; yes.  In two ways.  It's pushed me to seek out more challenges, but most importantly it's given me the opportunity to ski with others that are way better than me and that's always a good way to improve.

I've become more knowledgeable with so much information from a lot of knowledgeable people and some experts.

I have not become wiser though.   A wise skier enjoys their time and company regardless of where they're at and how good their ski partners are.  Communicating on a forum can have the opposite effect.  When you spend a lot of time communicating with people that are knowledgeable and enthusiastic (and opinionated), it has a tendency to make you feel like you are above things.  You don't need to be the most experienced or knowledgeable person on a subject to enjoy it the most. 


This is an excellent point. I hope all users remember it's ok to ski whatever kind of terrain they are comfortable with. Nobody should feel like they are incompetent if they can't hike up to sick couloirs and throw down runs.
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