Originally Posted by utahsaint
Personally I have admiration for both generations. They did a lot back then with the equipment they where given. Unfortunately I tend to agree with you that in today's world everyone is driven by the bottom dollar. That however doesn't mean I don't admire great athletes of this generation. I have a lot admiration for athletes in professional skiing or even in the free skiing world. There was a thread on here titled who is the best skier. I couldn't pick one or two if my life depended on me. People that can free ride and throw themselves down huge cliffs are as awe inspiring as a world cup racer, or as amazing as those who do freestyle. All very different skills that take time, grace and power. Really the entire sport is evolving, and I see great line choices in today's racers. So I don't know that we left behind things, or evolved. I mean look at how much energy was wasted rising, lifting a ski, sinking into it to try to carve it. All of this has evolved to a shape of ski that allows huge angels which are so inspiring people want to mimic that... So no I don't think we left behind much and the irony is people are still trying to mimic world cup racers. So something that is happening in the sport must be right to create that following.
Yes, U.St, to the amazingness of all the other snow sport disciplines, all of which I have an appreciation for that stems from my love of skiing. Most noted is the Chinese Downhill, a sport that was documented in the 80's movie "Hot Dog" and, more seriously, the discipline of the Skier Cross. Like I said, don't get me wrong in terms of appreciating the aesthetics of today's skiers/racers more so as opposed to those of the past. I guess I may have been reminiscing a classic style more than anything else. I do not feel that anything that no longer exists in technique today is worth anything at all today. I guess you could equate it to the appreciation of a classic car. While you wouldn't mind having one in your garage, it is going to be the 16' Beemer your driving 98% of the time.
Yes, it was much more work to make turns back then, which required an active leg independence that, in a way, produced a certain dynamic articulation of the legs that had been so soothing to feel (once you found it), you couldn't get enough. Now, we steer our entire lower body like it is one big leg back and forth down the hill. More efficient? Yes!, More dynamic? Yes!, Faster? Yes!, More on edge? Yes!, More exciting? Yes!, More Heaven and God-like? Yes!
Edit: Scratch that last one. I meant to say "More Hell and Devil-like? Yes!
Edited by Rich666 - 1/17/16 at 6:40am