Originally Posted by oisin
I haven't the patience to read the entire preceding 5 pages but it seems to me the pretext is lame. Straightlining "gnar", whatever that is, is for people with too much courage or too little sense and too little skill. Actually skiing the terrain, any kind of terrain in control with grace and fluidity requires skill and is rewarding, particularly when the terrain and snow conditions are challenging. I'm not entirely certain what a "gaper" is but straightlining strikes me as a "gaper" kind of thing.
For some people, the rush comes from going fast. I've always been a speed nut. Cars, motorcycles, skiing, whatever. I see the people making all their neat and tidy little 8m radius turns, going a whopping 8 miles an hour and think, where's the fun in that? I generally prefer making huge gs style turns in any kind of terrain and that's what gets my rocks off. Going really fasts, then sticking my skis way out there, flexing the ski and have it fly back to the other side.
To not understand why some people do it is silly though. Some people dig the quarter mile, some people like autocross and Sears Point Raceway. I enjoy both, but I still do both as fast as I can. Some people surf mavericks and Teahupoo while some surf in-n-out bay. Ever been 155mph? It's fun. Flying down birds of prey, also fun. Being all tidy and looking like I have a stick up my ass, that doesn't seem fun to me. But hey, that's why they make AC50's and Line Motherships.
Reducing people that shred the gnar only to include people with too much courage or too little sense and too little skill is absurd, but I'd expect that from someone who doesn't even know what "gnar" is. You can't even imagine what it might be? You obviously haven't been to the back bowls at Vail.
Edit: Nevermind. I just noticed you're from New Hampshire. I'll get you a bigger stick. The other one might be getting loose by now.