Originally Posted by Ghost
I think Bode would do all right free skiing too.
About Nobis, interesting, DH racing skis for free skiing on a big mountain. I think that happened before the 90s though. In fact the only thing that stopped other people from doing it in the 80s was the Super-G ski. A hundred or more years ago you would see long boards on big mountains.
Originally Posted by saudan's boudoir
You still don't know what the hell you're talking about, and the only people you can 'take to school' are mid-level skiers, period. Yeah, you're better than an intermediate, but that's about it.
Bode is a good freeskier, and could easily be one of the best in the world if that's what he wanted to do, but if you've ever seen him really ski big lines even you would see that he's no Nobis (or McConkey, or Morrison, etc.). There's some crappy ski movie that features Bode heliskiing--he makes SL style turns all over some low angle pow and then yard sales off a 30 footer that Nobis could nail while running from the SLC cops with a blood alcohol of .22. Of course I'm still confident Bode would 'school' you, regardless of terrain.
And Nobis was NOT a speed specialist--he was primarily a GS skier. I don't even know if he ever ran a WC DH (he certainly never finished well if he did--as opposed to having had a few top 10's in GS). He simply took the skills he developed racing and applied them to big mountain--skills you would do well to emulate, when you finish running your mouth.
Don't see Noby sitting on his tails too much, regardless of what the snow looks like.
Um, yeah......I never said he raced WC DH (I don't know his racing history) or that he did big mountain skiing on DH skis. People have been doing big mountain freeskiing on DH race skis for as long as I can remember, up until the mid-late 90's, when fat skis started to gain popularity. Plake always skied 215 cm dh boards and was one of the last to stop.
What Nobis did was bring DH race skills/style to big mountain skiing, and doing it on prototype dynastar pro-stock fat skis (which went on to become the nobis/legend line). Any WC racer has pretty solid DH skills, even if they don't compete in the event.
Not GS skills, DH skills. Modern big mountain skiing is very, very similar to DH/SG racing. 70-80 mph, big sweeping carves, and long jumps over cliff bands. Very similar, if you haven't noticed.
Also, Bode grew up skiing partially at Cannon in NH, which is a kick ass mountain....I'm sure he has some pretty solid freeskiing skills.....all the crazy stuff he does all the time racing, such as staying on his feet, weird line changes, etc, has a direct transfer to any type of freeskiing. If he hasn't done much big mountain skiing.....well, give him a pair of pro-stock fat skis and few weeks at a Heli operation, and I'm sure he'd be doing rather well.