|Surely one can't practice a wide range of techniques on a 180' hill. What about skiing powder, steeps, trees, etc. --stuff usually found at resorts with more vertical and more snow (as in western resorts, not europe.) Of course a good knowledge of fundamental skills is useful, but for me one of the greatest feelings is when I am venturing out to new terrain I am not used to
For me it use to be about all the different things like powder and steeps. I needed the terrain to really get a sense of accomplishment and power. Then, I really learned how to ski and kinda discovered that the technique for all those different things is all the same. Its the tactics that change. There are two different kinds of tactics. The one kind is using different skill blending to ski the different snow but the technique is the same. Then there is intent.
Now intent, is like playing a game of chess. Changes in intent, even on a green run, can always mentally outdo changes in skill blending that deal with snow conditions and terrain. Bingo, no boredom. Combining intent with terrain and snow changes is always better but not enough so to go way out of my way and pay dearly to seek.
I can now do turns on green runs that provide me with all the sense of power and grace that skiing double black diamonds out west use to provide me before I really worked on technique. The double black diamonds out west have lost a lot of their excitement and adrenaline rush because I can now ski them without worry.
I switched to telemark skiing in 79 to bring excitement back into my skiing. Little did I know that all I had to do was open my mind and seek to learn. My only regret is that I didn't do that 30 years ago, I did it 5 years ago.