Originally Posted by D(C)
I definitely understand what you're saying. For the person who skis 10 days a year and wants to be somewhat proficient and have a good time, easy technique is a good way to go.
However, for a 30+ day skier, I don't see how you wouldn't get bored if you're not aspiring to technique shown on the world cup. The easy stuff may be fun but it has its limits and the challenge fades quickly. But maybe that's just me...
I guess I don't understand your point. My bag of tricks is pretty big and I use them all. Yesterday I was even laughing and having fun doing wedge drills in a clinic. They really felt wild. The last few days we have been stuck on the lower part of the mountain because of avalanche hazards and those blue green run outs wouldn't be a great place to practice world cup technique, even if it interested me. Most of us keep mixing it up, especially when skiing terrain that isn't our primary interest.
As far as other people doing the park and ride, I suppose for some it is their primary skill. Don't worry, they will develop other skills as they exlpore terrain that doesn't support park and ride. Let's not banish the park and ride skill just because some people are just passing through that skill level while others are just playing around.
I think some of you are just stroking your own egos by telling yourselves how fine and how refined your carving is compared to others. Again, lighten up. This isn't a competition. When the Mountain Dew Park and Ride Series gets kicked off, we can all argue about the scoring system. Until then, I would love to hear an explanation of the situation in which a theoretical perfectly carved turn serves the rider better than a slightly scarved one. I know a few situations where a more dynamic approach is almost a survival necessity, but I don't think you are watching park and riders in those situations. For those of us who do know a few dynamic moves, sometimes static is an interesting change of pace. Try it, you might like it.