Originally Posted by Gpaul
Pardon my stupidity, but what are TwinTips? Picture please? Grazie.
Back in the seventies, they were Olin Mark IV...used by the Freestylers of the day for Ballet competitions. Short and usable for going backwards (switch) in their routines.
All the newer participants in the sport (skiing and boarding) think that all this stuff is so new. It's not. A lot of what's happening has been happening in repetitive cycles to some extent. Just like the hucking, it's been going on since Stein Erickson popularized the idea of doing flips.
What has been the biggest negative impact of boarders not observing 'the code' is their ignorance to it. We all probably learned to ski by taking group lessons at our local hill many years ago and were preached 'the code' by our instructors (anyone remember "Fix you sitzmark!"?). A lot of the kids who learned to board did it by doing it. Many never had lessons and got tips from their friends. The learning curve for boards is much faster (What's the difference between a beginner boarder and an instructor? About two weeks...) and they have a lot more confidence getting into the trees and steeps with the big board on their feet. It's totally changed the dynamic.
Remember this though, skiiing as an industry was stagnant and dying until the snowboards caught on. They've truly helped save the ski industry. Additionally, the technical segments they've brought helped us get skis that perform much better than the old sticks we had. Lastly, the fusion of skiing and boarding among the young had helped elevate the 'coolness' of skiing with a lot of kids. In fact, a lot of boarding kids have used boarding as a stepping stone to skiing. As the kids say, "It's all good..."