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They look like the SlideWright skier. Angulation from the neck up.
People will do what they see as being cool. They don't care if they ski 'correctly'. They just want to hit the gnarliest gnar gnar so they look sickter than their buddies in the photos. It doesn't always take good skiing technique but huge balls, someone to pay the medical bills and good camera angles and backdrops. They only have to make 5 turns at a time. That will take them from top to bottom of just about any run unless they hit 5 inches of pow on top of rock like pinky did in that chute that he sideslipped then 'fell' out of.
To these guys 'correct' skiing is mach speed, throwing up snow, and looking like they are doing something that no one else could possibly do or even think about doing. They are athletes and brave/stupid ones to boot. They aren't PSIA and they don't want to be. That's their point. They are having fun and they'll have good memories if they don't bang them out of their heads on the rocks.
In today's culture, if you aren't extreme, you are nothing.
And the tailgunner cartoon is a pretty obscure remark, particularly when labeled 'Sickter!' Guns, icons of death and ghastly cartoons are what these guys admire. Just look at their avatars. You were (as I understand from your comments in this thread) slamming them for being in the back seat, but they likely thought it a compliment.