Originally Posted by telerod15
Well said, #44! But why would you give that all up (if you could start over)? AT!? That's instead of the chairlift. An alternate way to go uphill, not an alternate way to go downhill, like telemark. Basically you are saying you would have just skied fixed heel only, driving the Porsche and skiing to Bach was a mistake you made a long time ago and can't stop now??
Take this one step further. If I had to learn to ski today I probably would not. The effort and pain would be more than I was realistically willing to endure. I have not learned to snowboard for this reason. I am no stranger to pain and low energy, I just don't volunteer as readily for it as I use to.
I remember my first day on telemark and it was some serious pain. I was bored at Snowbird and looking for some excitement. I noticed a couple of obvious tree huggin gorp eaters on tele gear in the Gad Chutes area and got in their face as to how to ski that kind of terrain on x country gear. They informed me I was missing tele and since I was an obvious gaper that couldn't possilbly measure up that if I wanted to try it, I should go down to a shop in Sandy and rent the gear. They informed me that it really wasn't much different and that I should have no trouble.
Well, I was off to rent the gear. Low cut Merrill comps and skinny Rossi's with Chouinard three pin bindings and metal edges. Wow, cool. Lets go to a whimp resort like Solitude and do some skiin eh. I took a lift to the top that only services black diamond terrain. Never been on the damn things mind you but WTF how hard can it be.
By the time that I reached the bottom two and a half hours later my toes felt like they had been bent backwards and broken, my knees were black and blue with cuts, my chin and elbows felt like I had been dragged behind a red neck pickup truck and I could no longer stand. In addition I was emaciated due to lack of beer for two and a half hours. My buds were disgusted with me and ask me if I had learned my lesson and had enough. The only thing I could do was crack a smile and say "I gots to get me some of this here telemark gear fur my own! What a rush, far out man". Visa plastic and the rest in history.
I can assure you I would not approach it in the same arrogant fashion today.