Originally Posted by ssh
I had a similar experience, turnalot... In my case, I didn't land any of them switch, but I did grind the lip on my first time in the pipe. I just don't see the fun of it, frankly... Give me powder in the trees and bowls any day...
The "fun" is in that moment when you cannot feel any weight. It's the same feeling you get when you jump off a high cliff into water. It is the feeling of butterflys in you stomach going over a rise at speed and leaving the snow for 10 to 40 feet.
I find I enjoy this feeling more, because it lasts longer I guess, when skiing at speed over rises. Skiing over rises beats jumps hands down, because the landing is usually more sloped. Sometimes my skis don't touch the steepest parts of the run, though now that I'm old and wise instead of young and reckless I am more restricted in where I allow myself this luxury; I don't want to end up like that ski-pro model in the other thread
:. I would rather be wreckless than reckless.
A lot of people have their favourite road where this happens in a car. You usually have to bend the speed limit a little and don't have a very good view of what's ahead, so you better have good tires and quick reflexes.
The nice thing about the half-pipe is it's consistent. If you don't nail it the first time, you can keep making adjustments until you get it right.