How much does style matter? I recently got back from mammoth and checked out some footage my buddy got of me skiing the chute below chair 14 (it was a pow day. badass.) Anyway the first line I took was a very clean fall-line with aboout 14 or 15 clean nice tight turns. Next I wanted to try getting low and just smoking it and I did, basically riding it like a pipe, and made only about four BIIIIIG turns. Needless to say I was on the verge of blowing it hard but oh man the plumes of snow I shot into the air. Watching it I couldn't decide which was better: The control and technical expertise of the first run, or the raw balls to the wall speed of the second. I tend to end up just dropping the hammer when I'm in the steep and deep and I get alot of crap for it from my friends (one of whom manages to ski with nearly perfect stein form all the time). I'm all for mastering your craft and the control inherent in very precise skiing and when I'm on the grooms or mogs I do it, but in a big, fat, powderey bowl it's just so SLOW! There seems to be alot of big-mountain guys doing this now. Snowboarder influence? Good? Bad? Are we just turning into slalom racers in powder? Input?
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3/3/05 at 6:08pm