Originally Posted by telerod15
Going to a larger hill may incur additional expenses. Yes it's a rich man's sport, but I live in DC and can't afford t to travel great distances on a regular basis. Telemark and carving boards allow me to enjoy the nearby hills which is better than nothing. Teleboarding was just the logical evolutionary next step.
Personally, I find fixed heel skiing unappealling. The small hill caused me to evolve beyond alpine skiing, but if I had worked at Squaw Valley rather than Ski Liberty, I may not have strayed. I will say I was enjoying and loving alpine skiing at Ski Liberty, not bored, before I got free heels and snowboards. What I was doing then would bore me now though, because I have discovered more enjoyable equipment.
I think we all like to be noticed when we are skiing well.
Seconded. I go out west for the terrain, so it would be a waste to try something new (like monoskiing) since I'd probably end up on a blue groomer most of the day, which isn't much different that what I see around here.
In mid-atlantic resorts, there is almost never enough snow to really justify opening up the trees, which may be closely-spaced new growth anyway. There are few moguls, rare powder which is quickly taken care of, no accessible cliff bands (but not usually enough snow to make it enticing anyway), and it's often too crowded with new skiers to practice carving backwards, or nifty Glen Plake moves (Monoskis are kinda gay, so I took up ski-ballet!). So-- try rails, or snowboarding or telemark or a monoski. (try moving too, I guess, good idea :) )
Edit: that said: just getting to demo telemarks or a monoski might be an adventure. Most of the time, if I ask shops about telemarks I hear "wha?" "No, but try ??? shop, they might" or "I know what you're talking about, let me forward you to our x-country center" Edited by kjsharke - 2/9/10 at 10:24am