Now I am not an instructor or a former racer so I cant give any opinions from that direction. What I am is an advanced/expert freeskier and I cannot imagine standing on top of a steep run with variable conditions, actually anyconditions, and not using my poles. A quick anecdote from this weekend, I was skiing the run wild catz at stevens pass on saturday. It is a run that is steep and long and usually empty of people. Anyways I found my self about a quarter of the way down in perfect solitude with fresh snow everywhere looking out over the rest of the resort to the sunset. And I stoped for a moment to take in the scene, as I paused there I started thinking about skiing and for some reason thought back to a few of the park rats I had seen earlier riding back to the chair sans poles. And I thought that maybe poles might not be needed for skiing, afterall they just guide your movement right? Well I decided to ski the rest of the run holding my poles infront of me ala ski lesson "pizza tray". The brief section below me involved a quick jump turn, a short straightline and an abrubt left to avoid various bushes and rocks sticking up through the early season conditions. My thoughts for the next few moments went like this: ok turn done, these poles infront of me arent to bad.....straightline.....okay, rock, turn!!.....k done.....uh oh backseat.......oh **** upside down....ouch rock to the butt, thats gonna bruise..... ok skis caught on tree....nice, now regain balance flip over and get up.....wow im alive,cool......I love my poles.
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12/4/06 at 5:41pm