|For all the boarder bashers, I bet you ride shorter skis now with more sidecut...a result of the industry following the boarder style. How about your clothes? you still wear stretch pants and bright neon "Nevica" jackets? I bet not, ALL the clothes skiers wear are more in line with the BOARDER industry (although the clothes probably fit better). How about TERRAIN PARKS? When I skied, you'd get your pass pulled for hucking, now as a result of boarders, you can do whatever aerials you want... and alot more!!
Nope, nope and nope!!
I actually prefer a ski without such a radical sidecut. However, I'll give you one thing. Shaped skis are a result of the "boarding" industry (which in turn is a result of the skiing industry) it has nothing to do with style, just the way they perform. They only make skiing easier which allows for a plethora of slackers (who couldn't and wouldn't cut the mustard on the old equipment) on the slopes resulting in more poor attitudes and bad behavior due to a Bozo slacker mentality level.
NOW, am I calling boarders bozos here?? No, not after getting my clock cleaned by a Kloepping girl who taught boarding at BC about 8 years back. Back when we really used to have a reason to get a good laugh at them. She took to the trees to lose me while I was on nice straight 198's. Damn could she carve!! I found her waiting at the bottom hours laters after I broke a graphit pole between two trees and nearly ripped my hand off of my arm!! There are excellent boarders (not riders, I explained that earlier, I think that's what the slackers on ski's do too, . . .just ride!) out there who really take pride in enjoying it within their limits and with respect for others.
The clothes?? Ever get a snow enema??? Really, that's extreme but have you ever had to spend 30 minutes shaking all of the nice cold snow out of your clothing because it doesn't really keep a good seal at the waist?? Well, I don't in my old Phenix or Edlewiss one peice. I'm gosh darn glad I found Nikwax so I can keep them until the seams fall apart. The clothes that your calling boarder STYLE is again not a real style issue. It's a mobility issue. You'll see this all change again in the next 10 years. Just as "boarder" clothes have changed over the last 10. Haven't you ever seen bibs from the 70's??
As far as in the terrain park. That's what we called a good bump run. Never had my pass pulled for pulling a daffy off of a good bump. Skiers were doing arials before the board (as we know it today) ever came along.
Trust me, the new equipment isn't a very defining issue for an average, mediocre skier or boarder anyway. Many people actually remain at a mediocre level because they think they have to have the latest and greatest every year and never give themselves a chance to learn well on the equipment they have before moving on. 90% of them are so poor in fact that they can't tell the difference between the equipment anyway!! Someone that's truly good can clean their clocks on 20 year old equipment and still maintain a grace and style that only comes from an attitude of perseverance and the sheer determination that in took them in order to get good.
That being said let's get back on topic. It's not going to make a difference to stay "ski only" anyway. The primary reason for ski only areas wasn't the "destruction of the snow". It was the degredation of attitude that came along with it. It was very marked and significant thing for boarders in the beginning. Now, it is unfortunatly something that is prevalent in both skiers and boarders.
What about a good attitude only resort. One where you can get your ticket yanked for simply displaying bad behavior and a poor attitude???? If it happens twice your simply banned as an individual, not for what you choose to use on the slope.