Wow this thread really blew up this morning, awesome. I won't get into all the other awsomeness and respond to what was addressed to me.
Originally Posted by BlueSquare
It is "funny" to you because you are probably one of the 5% who can safely ski like bushwacker, and further contribute to the problem (I've explained above) by projecting that on the forums. Pretty much what I'm talking about... it might not be so "funny" for someone who felt pressured to ski a line like that when they had no business doing it... and perhaps felt that skiing such a line is as trivial as "experts" such as yourself and BWPA make it seem by both posting such videos, and nonchalantly talking about such skiing--especially when throwing in words like "funny."
In all seriousness, the reason I think it is funny, is that when a skier approaches the trees, there is a natural impulse from one's survival center to slow down; the impulse is very powerful, and until someone possesses a very accomplished skill set, this impulse overrides any call to glory a person might have felt when watching a video at home, or watching someone else on the mountain do it.
It's different when you are there in person, the trees demand respect, and most people are inclined to come to a stop before entering them. Most novice tree skiers stop often as they descend, because their caution centers have yet to integrate the information that one can indeed avoid hitting trees rather easily. As one comes to the understanding that one's skills can eliminate most of the danger, one speeds up, which is exactly the progression which happens on the pistes.
Once one develops the requisite experience and confidence, this emotional governor on risky behavior relaxes in proportion to one's physical capacity to handle the terrain, and one may approach it without trepidation.
It is funny to me that you are so without experience that you don't know this, and that this ignorance fuels your panicky advocacy for disclaimers.
Edited by volantaddict - 7/27/11 at 2:47pm