Back in the mid to late '90's, before the turn of the century, (I love that phrase
) There was a brief flirtation in the US with a competitive forum for carving of this nature on short super shaped skis with mega-stacked lifters, called appropriatly:
The format was a fixed dimension course with "gates" that were small rubber mushrooms set equal distance down the falline and with equal offset to each side. The twist being that there were 5 of these schrooms first to one side (each 5-feet wider out), then 5 to the other (each 5-feet wider out), then 1, then 5, 5, 1, 5, 5, end-gate, all worth 1-point each. You would take a flying run at the entry gate, tripping a timer, with as much speed and at any angle you wanted, acr'n out as wide as possible to pick up as many points as possible from each sucessive level down the cousre, but you needed to go fast enough to complete it under a fixed time like 18 seconds(?). Points ties were broken by the faster time, but the emphasis was on carving complete arcs that would still carry enough speed to cast you way across course to get as many points as your skill would extract from each level. You had to feel what your arc could score without sacrificing too much speed. If you went max wide for all the points, but so slow ya missed the time limit = no score.
As part of the '97 Aspen ProFest Event I spent 1/2 a day running a TW course on the T-Bar at Aspen Highlands on my carving weapon of the time, the grandfather of todays short slaloms, 163cm K2 13meter Pyros with big lifters mounted on Derbyflex plates. You would run w/o poles so you could balance on your inside hand on the snow like an in-rigger. What a ton of fun, and my legs were rubber by lunch time. But I was a pig in mud while I lasted
getting pretty close to the local record at the time.
It was pretty serious competition among the locals and some ski pros for a while but passed as a fad of sorts. I think it was a cult thing ahead of it's time as most folks were still on pencil stix and saw it as some anomoly vs something anyone could take a shot at.
Anyone think it would be fun in todays ski world to see something like this spun off the Nastar format where anyone on todays gear could lay'em over and rip'em up?
Anyone interested in an intra-mural TW carving session for ESA-IV on Big Emma?