This reminds me of something I have noticed about groups of cyclists. A group of cyclists that know each other is a highly structured social group. Because customs are known and agreed upon, and more importantly, the hierarchy is established with respect to strength and skill, there is little need for, or room for things such as showing off or proving a point. It's all been done.
When new people are added to such a group, or a group is put together new from scratch, there is a lot of struggling and stress over power and position, ego and recognition, etc. This makes the group unstable and in-efficient.
I've ridden all around the west, and this would hold true for riding all around the world. the cycling culture is so tight that you can see a group of cyclists riding a paceline, ride up to the end of it, observe a couple rotations there, and then join in as if these guys were your riding buddies forever. Skiing lacks a highly structured group etiquette due to it being a more individual sport, IMO.
I'm guessing this comes up when Epic has a major gathering. I would enjoy hearing suggestions for skiing in a group in a safe, fun way and keeping the competition to a healthy, fun level at the maximum. I'll start by offering to keep my ego totally in check. How's that? No, really. Just chillin'
Originally Posted by prickly
I'm not sure about personality, but there are rules, customs, hierarchies, even language here, so perhaps we're a culture or a society.