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Top 10 U.S. Ski Stories of the Decade

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
With the end of the '00's close at hand, I thought I'd write an article on the top 10 skiing-related stories of the decade. Here's my first crack at the list. I haven't started the actual article, so if anyone has any better ones, I could possibly be convinced to change it up a bit.

(in no particular order)

1. Lindsey Vonn wins two consecutive WC overall titles
2. Helmet use doubles in past decade
3. ASC dissolves
4. Bode Miller leaves, rejoins U.S. Ski Team
5. Jackson Hole Tram closes, reopens
6. Skier/snowboarder visits virtually flat over decade
7. Utah hosts 2002 Winter Olympics
8. The Ski Channel debuts
9. Skis trend wider and shorter
10.Shane McConkey and Doug Coombs die in accidents
post #2 of 23
How bout the Warren Miller/Not Warren Miller saga?
post #3 of 23
1) Aspen outlaws footballs on the slopes
2)Jamie Pierre face plants from a 250 foot huck in the Tetons yet still sets world record huck and lives to tell about it with only a bloody nose.
3)The invention of the Rax Ski
post #4 of 23
I'll add the explosion of the Winter X-Games.  Yeah they existed in the 90s but they really didn't hit their stride until they arrived at Buttermilk and got the whole ESPN prime time treatment. 
 
post #5 of 23
I thought the Rax ski guy was Austrian...
post #6 of 23
PBR?
post #7 of 23
I didn't look it up caus I'm watching the game, but the air force jet cutting the Italian Tram cable because the Tram was not on his maps yet. something like that. corrections welcome.

And of course the tremendous losses through the skiing community.
post #8 of 23
Whistler Gondola tower collapse.

Actress Natasha Richardson's death in a skiing accident at  Mont Tremblant.

Melting glaciers in the Alps (perhaps he only story listed that anybody will really care about in 50 years)

Rocker skis?
post #9 of 23
The amount of ski production that moved to China. 

The consolidation of the ski industry

Airline baggage charges

"On-line" store fronts vs. Brick & Mortar

Epicski.com
post #10 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Walt View Post

Whistler Gondola tower collapse.

Actress Natasha Richardson's death in a skiing accident at  Mont Tremblant.

Melting glaciers in the Alps (perhaps he only story listed that anybody will really care about in 50 years)

Rocker skis?



 
I like the glacier idea. Good point about caring about it in 50 years.

I thought about rocker skis, but I don't know if the trend is quite there yet. They've started to move into the mainstream relatively recently. It'll be interesting to see if in 2020, rockered skis will make the equivalent list for the '10s. Maybe it'll be like "shaped skis" becoming just "skis" over the past 15 years or so.

I was going to put a mention of the Richardson accident in there with the helmet discussion.
post #11 of 23
  1. Resorts start to require all employees on the snow wear helmets.  Insert this under the Natasha section.
  2. Skier/snowboarder deaths remain flat year to year even though helmet use increases significantly.  No data but -  shaped skies seem to  increase average speed of skiers. 
  3. Speed of information on the internet ski forum makes everyone more informed on everything from snow conditions (webcams) to skier/rider deaths/injuries and ski lift failures. Add comment on the  10s of 1000s of posts on helmet debate threads. 
  4. Twin tip skis  compete with snowboarders in the terrain parks and half pipes. Some snowboarders switch over to twin tip skis.
  5. Terrain park features and half pipes become critical components on any ski report.  Orthopedic doctors business booms as a result. 
  6. PSIA and NSP split up their office staff.
  7. We got a quick look at the affects of economy and high price of gas/energy on the ski industry from price of gas to drive  to the slopes to the price of making snow and powering the chair lifts.
post #12 of 23
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I like the glacier idea. Good point about caring about it in 50 years.

 

LOL, in fifty years they may be talking about how great Utah used to be..

And, how helmets used to be optional for everyone
post #13 of 23
My vote: Al Gore and the global warming scare.

In the 70's and early 80's, politcians scared the living daylights out of people telling them we were headed for another ice age. Skiers digged it. Everyone else freaked out. A decade later, we were told that no longer was a worry and that greenhouse gasses would soon kill us all, not to mention turn the slopes into puddles of water. Glaciers would melt and we would all drown. Those that survivied would slowly roast from the inside out.

This naturally generated a lot of buzz in the ski industry and is my vote for top ski story of the decade.
post #14 of 23
 

#1 Many EpicSki members do get away from their keyboards and ski.
#2 What are my bevel angles?
#3 Where can I get binding screws?
#4 ...........
post #15 of 23
This just in.
What skis should I buy?
What will the conditions be like @ fill in blank Feb.12,2022?
It was steep Crud w/ Gnar on top and my intent was blah,blah...........
Fat skis are better than Skinny skis.
Don't drink the Kool-Aid!
post #16 of 23
Wags, this is how it goes when an overly general and mostly unanswerable question is floated out there. Are you better informed now? You may need to write your article without much help here.

more like what are the ten best / worst epic threads of the decade, ha ha
post #17 of 23
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  1. Speed of information on the internet ski forum makes everyone more informed on everything from snow conditions (webcams) to skier/rider deaths/injuries and ski lift failures. Add comment on the  10s of 1000s of posts on helmet debate threads. 
Personally, above is number one in my mind.  Including info sharing and social networking associated with online communities of "ski buddies".  Admittedly, this is a phenomenon not unique to skiing.
post #18 of 23
Top ski story of the decade..... me hooking up with some chick from Boston at Killington in 2005!
post #19 of 23
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Top ski story of the decade..... me hooking up with some chick from Boston at Killington in 2005!


 The REAL story was, she was a man! .
post #20 of 23
Chris Davenport is the first to climb and ski all 54 14ers in Colorado in less than one calender year.
post #21 of 23
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The REAL story was, she was a man
 

That's hurtful! 

post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by Treewell View Post

1) Aspen outlaws footballs on the slopes
People REALLY care?
2)Jamie Pierre face plants from a 250 foot huck in the Tetons yet still sets world record huck and lives to tell about it with only a bloody nose.
That Record has been SHATTERED
3)The invention of the Rax Ski
NO..just....NO!

Is this post for real?
post #23 of 23
Thread Starter 
Still working on the top 10 stories of the past decade. (On the hijacked tangent (best/worst threads of decade which I kind of like), maybe one the administrators can tell us the thread with the most replies in the decade?)

Happy New Year everybody
Edited by Wags - 1/2/10 at 10:53pm
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