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Downhill Skiing VS Freestyle Skiing

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Fellow skiers, what do choose between the old downhill skiing and the freestyle? Do you prefer safety or adventure?
post #2 of 15
1999 called. They want their question back.
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Y'know you can do both on the same run, dontcha? Ya don't need a terrain park to do tricks.
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See lounge witty replies thread
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So taking major air before hitting a 40 degree powder face that ends in cliffs is "old downhill," while skiing switch in a terrain park just above the lodge is "freestyle?" :
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I thought it had more to do with whether or not one was able to pull one's trousers up before going skiing.

Or having a matching bandana and google strap.

Or whether one wore the goggle strap under or over the helmet.
post #7 of 15
If by free-style you mean doing acrobatics in the air, doing tricks in the terrain park on rails and such things, I much prefer skiing down mountains at high speed.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by JamesDaniels View Post
Fellow skiers, what do choose between the old downhill skiing and the freestyle? Do you prefer safety or adventure?
not sure what you mean by 'freestyle" ... but why limit yourself to one thing if your athletic enough you should be able to lay out some nice carvers, hit a bump field then maybe do a 360 off a natural lip at the end. I love skiing, skiing is how I classify sliding down the hill.
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1999 called. They want their question back.
I laughed.
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I choose the old downhill over the freestyle. The only tricks I know are ballet moves, and I can't even do those.

Can't decide on safety vs. adventure. Which one would a crossover tip drag 360ยบ be? Yeah, OK, I'm on the safety tip.
post #11 of 15
There were times I'd do ballet in the morning and then grab my 205's after lunch and go run a NASTAR course, bash some bumps and do some high speed cruising on some out-of-the-way blue groomers and get a little air off of some bumps and rollers. Other days I'd start with the long boards and play in the powder and on the steeps, then switch to the shorties at mid-day and do tricks. Adventure or safety? Plenty of opportunities to shred an ACL all day long. Can't see where I was choosing between safety and adventure any time during one of those days.

These days, at my age, air is not my friend, I'm not limber enough to do all the tricks I used to and dodging all the other skiers is adventure enough, all by itself.
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Neither! Big Mtn. Freeriding is were it's at. No gates. No stretch suits. No F.I.S. sanctioning... much better!
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Neither! Big Mtn. Freeriding is were it's at. No gates. No stretch suits. No F.I.S. sanctioning... much better!
I'd say it is probably as fun and satisfying to the skier as racing or competitive freestyle, but even more of "a rich man's game".
:I wish I had enough money to rent helicopters or time to climb and camp when my skiing was more "risk seeking". I have done a fair amount of walking/hiking for fresh runs. But, I'd call big mountain skliing more of an art form than competition. I'm probably in the minority on that.

:LOVE to watch it though I find it hard to say skier X should get more points and a bigger trophy than skier Y. Hats off to all of them, and RIP to those that the rocks get. I fear we'll be seeing more of the latter if the phenomenon grows. That's the downside of making it more "competitive".
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Most flips, jumps, 360's ect that i do happen by accident.

Hell even my pants fall down by accident.
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1999 called. They want their question back.
I'd bump that back at least five more years.
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