<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Bandit Man:
New-school shit?! Just because something is progressive, inventive and a deviation from the norm, it doesn't make it shit. If I recall from the last couple of days on the X-Games, a venue for new school shit, skiing and it's new influences are giving our sport a lot of publicity for the younger generation to see and get excited about....
...For the record, I love the new school shit. I love taking air in the park, because I think it helps me hone my skills when I can't be dropping the big lines on a big mountain. I'll see you in the park, and we'll see what ridiculous shit looks like. Jeez! What wonderfully open-minded people I share this sport with!! :
OK, I retract the "shit" comment. I didn't intend to badmouth anyone who enjoys spending most of their day on a couple of terrain-park trails.
The main reason for that comment was my impulse to throw the DVD "Further" by Teton Gravity Research out my window after being subjected to a nauseating amount of repetitive, boring, and indistinguishable tail-grabs and other new-school tricks, which made it a hard to watch and detracted from some great SKIING footage. The cinematography was very well done, but overall it was painful to watch compared to a movie like The Blizzard of AHHHHS. I felt like I was playing Tony Hawks 2 on N64.
Do my kids think it's cool, of course. Do I wish I had the flexibility left to pull off a few of those tricks myself, hell yes!
I like an ocassional trip into the terrain park myself and getting free from gravity, but in MY opinion, it sucks to watch it, ad-nauseum. Good old Warren Miller always liked to throw in a mild dose of aerials, windsurfing, or some silly matress racing in his films, but the main reason you watched it was to see some great mogul, steeps or powder skiing.
New-school tricks have little to do with the mountain environment or the blessings of good snow and spectacular terrain, which defines the essence of SKIING. It's more skateboarding than skiing. If there were no half-pipes, there would still be plenty of opportunities for using the natural terrain for tricks, but if entire mountains became terrain parks, there would be little SKIING left, and bottomless powder would be a curse.
I do welcome and enjoy seeing the enthusiasm that many younger skiers have for this type of sport, and wish I was young enough to enjoy it more myself, and if they want to spend a fresh powder day in the half-pipe, and leave the first tracks for me, I'll never complain. I just find it curious, and maybe even a little bit sad.