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What's with the stigma??

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Even on a site like this that is comprised of "dedicated skiers", you still hear all sorts of negative things about park skiing.  To me it is just another discipline like bumps, powder, racing, etc.  IMO, a good skier can do it all.  So what's the deal?  Is it just a bunch of crotchety old farts on this site that have nothing better to do than complain or is there more to it?

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Originally Posted by HippieFlippinNM View Post

Even on a site like this that is comprised of "dedicated skiers", you still hear all sorts of negative things about park skiing.  To me it is just another discipline like bumps, powder, racing, etc.  IMO, a good skier can do it all.  So what's the deal?  Is it just a bunch of crotchety old farts on this site that have nothing better to do than complain or is there more to it?

A few years ago my son and I took a clinic (small-group specially advertised lesson) called "all mountain" or something like that.  The instructor took us through woods and off cornices, but he also took us into the half-pipe.  As he pointed out, if you are going to say you ski the whole mountain, its part of the mountain. I hadn't thought about it that way before, but it made a lot of sense.

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Originally Posted by mdf View Post

A few years ago my son and I took a clinic (small-group specially advertised lesson) called "all mountain" or something like that.  The instructor took us through woods and off cornices, but he also took us into the half-pipe.  As he pointed out, if you are going to say you ski the whole mountain, its part of the mountain. I hadn't thought about it that way before, but it made a lot of sense.


Very cool.  As an instructor I always try to incorporate the idea of "freestyle" into my lesson plans.  I explain that the idea of "freestyle" doesn't just take place in the terrain park.  Having a "free style" is more of a mindset that allows us to see the mountain in a whole new light.  The entire mountain is a terrain park.

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People tell me to wear a helmet ....and then they risk life and limb in the park. I think'll sit with the ol farts in the bar and just watch. Besides, the older we get, the more AWESOME we were. :)

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@HippieFlippinNM If there is anyone who breaks the stigma, its you. 

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I was actually thinking about this recently. People rag on teenage park skiers and riders. But what they mostly do is go back over the same obstacles, again and again, refining their skills. Even walking back up the hill rather than waiting for a lift ride. Isn't this the kind of work ethic that parents strive to teach their kids?

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Goes back to the racers versus freedogger feuds at the rope tow serving the bump run and race team run. Jocks versus fries in high school, progressives versus conservatives all grown up. Some people believe most park rats are pot smoking slackers and it shows in their attitude.
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post

Goes back to the racers versus freedogger feuds at the rope tow serving the bump run and race team run. Jocks versus fries in high school, progressives versus conservatives all grown up. Some people believe most park rats are pot smoking slackers and it shows in their attitude.

 

I don't find a strong correlation between who smokes pot and who is a slacker.

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