Si, in the 56 seasons of skiing in my life I've gone from the early eqipment and it's limitations to being a ski instructor to retimerment from instructing 16 years ago to skiing safer and easier terrain much slower than I used to ski, but in control, enjoying the built-in fun the new equipment gives me.
I don't have any less fun now, considering my waning strength as I age, than I had powering my turns through any kind of conditions on any kind of terrain.
Now, when I go to higher altitudes from Ohio
I get winded, stopping more often, and I don't enjoy going very fast anymore either.
So I don't. Why? Because I want to stay in the fun zone. I don't want to improve much anymore, been there, done that. I only change my skiing style when doing so increases the fun factor, I don't really give a damn when someone remarks that I am skiing the "old style" on the new style skis.
Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't, I ski what and how I have to, dictated by the conditions and the terrain. And I don't sweat it.
Why do most people on this forum and on the slopes need to feel that they are better skiers than someone else. The kids moseying down the greens as if they were walking their dog , swinging their arms, slithering here and yonder, seem to have as much fun than the skiers working on perfecting their ripping.
Many people profess their prowess in off-piste skiing, tree skiing, powder skiing, etc... somehow they seem to think that making new tracks at Alta or wherever provides them with more fun than the skier on the courdoroy on a blue run.
It just ain't so, to each his own.
Edited for spelling.
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 10, 2002 04:27 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Ott Gangl ]</font>