Seg,stop calling me Shirley....
I have to agree with Daluri on this; I watch these folks and many more ski lines that are so unbelievable that seem to defy physics. Lines that are being skied now are like something from a video game. Sean Pettit is probably in the forefront of skiers on big mountain lines IMHO. I know there's no way I could ever ski these lines so maybe that's part of it.
I do love to watch the powder sequences and yes, I think it trigger's something in my brain to createa small amount of those endorphins so it just helps with the withdrawls.......
I just figured this out last year, when watching helmet cam footage. Most helmet cam stuff isn't very good, but the good stuff makes my heart hurt. I get this visceral reaction from watching it, same with movies, like I can almost feel being there, except I'm not. Which gives me angst. Maybe I'm too visual, I don't know. But it's true, I end up way more dissatisfied than I do stoked.
This doesn't happen when I watch racing or X games, and it's much less when I watch snowboarding (although I get some of it, depending on the terrain). But I don't do any of those sports, so I can't feel it. Surely I'm not the only one who feels this way?
I think I can relate. Watching stuff that I can do, I would just rather be there doing it. When the lines are terrifying and I have no desire to be there skiing them, I don't feel the frustration or angst. I love watching Shane or Rohner ski a couloir that "doesn't go" or Seth or Hugo speeding down a face and sending it 80 feet over a rock band for example and squirm in my seat seeing some kid botch a basic powder line. "Why is he getting paid to ride a helicoper, he can't even ski!!" I might shout at the TV and turn it off. yep, angst.
This may be the reason that films feature intimidating runs that most people can not ski.