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Epitome of Skiing- video

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To you what is the epitome of skiing? Now this is a completely subjective topic so there is no right and wrong answers obviously but I would like to get a idea of the types of skiers we have here at epic. 

 

Now the catch to this is that I don't want all respondents to just describe "perfect skiing" but to post a video, from where ever, that in your opinion, best exemplifies what you mean. For me it is the following-

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1E93T2dOJQ&feature=player_embedded

 

powder pillows and trees !

 

Looking forward to everyones response.  

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I recall this video being the first time I said, I'm going to learn to ski trees like that some day

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Great clip!

 

Some of those skiers where better than others though imo. Some seemed just a little bit to "noisy" with the upper body and not soft enough in the legs.   

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Great clip!

 

Some of those skiers where better than others though imo. Some seemed just a little bit to "noisy" with the upper body and not soft enough in the legs.   

 

For me there are no style points in the trees---its turn 'em any way you can. Just one of the things I like about the trees.
 

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dont know what went on with that triple post.....

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Originally Posted by Travis May View Post

To you what is the epitome of skiing? Now this is a completely subjective topic so there is no right and wrong answers obviously but I would like to get a idea of the types of skiers we have here at epic. 

 

Now the catch to this is that I don't want all respondents to just describe "perfect skiing" but to post a video, from where ever, that in your opinion, best exemplifies what you mean. For me it is the following-

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1E93T2dOJQ&feature=player_embedded

 

powder pillows and trees !

 

Looking forward to everyones response.  


I must have misunderstood your OP.  I thought you wanted videos that were more Stoke than MA.  Videos that the poster could use as an example of "I want to ski like that in those conditions"



 

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I recall this video being the first time I said, I'm going to learn to ski trees like that some day

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post #8 of 18
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I'm not sure I get ya.... If you are saying that you thought I was looking for videos more so of "the epitome of skiing conditions/terrain" then yes, this is what I meant. I'm not looking for people to say " this video represents style/technique that I consider the epitome of skiing". Hope that makes sense. My comment about their technique in that video was admittedly off topic and not in line with the idea of this thread. 

 

another awesome one - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVmAcG0xsuI

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WOW those were fun. Travis, that is exactly how I would love to ski conditions like that. I don't know if you could hit lines like the second clips(and some of the first) without being on a snowmobile and being able to scope them from below--without being totally insane that is. Great stoke and example of amazing abilities on crazy terrain. Thanks alot.

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I like the Jay Peak video as well as Dueling Helmetcams. They are showing real skiing. I don't care for the huge hucking and straightlining of huge pitches so popular with the ski porn industry.

 

Here are some of clips I like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some powder, some piste. Its about elan.  

 

I'd also include White Ecstasy (The Ski Chase) with Hannes Schneider, Ski the Outer Limits and The Incredible Ski except there are no clips online.

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WOW those were fun. Travis, that is exactly how I would love to ski conditions like that. I don't know if you could hit lines like the second clips(and some of the first) without being on a snowmobile and being able to scope them from below--without being totally insane that is. Great stoke and example of amazing abilities on crazy terrain. Thanks alot.


Thanks. Yes, I would have to agree that lots of the Abma/Davenport lines are definitely what I would call " 15 minutes of prep for a 5 second run" type lines. But most of them are doable for advanced skiers who know their mountain and have taken the time to scope things out. 

 

And to Master Racer- I totally agree about the "real" skiing thing. I get much more stoked watching videos like my two last than of guys hucking 80 footers in Alaska from heli accessible only peaks.  

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Quite possibly one of my favorite segments in any film.

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post #14 of 18
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Ecimmorta l- You are a skier of excellent taste! That is also probably my favourite segment from Claim.

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MastersRacer your vids were great. The Outer Limits and the Incredible Skis were the first ski movies that I ever saw while on a ski week to either Stowe in the late 60s or Aspen in the early 70s. It was too long ago to remember accurately but I think the skiers in those films were among the first hot dog freestyle skiers and the name Scott Brooksbank comes to mind. Outer limits had some incredible photography for the day and IIRC Incredible Skis was about a guy who didn't know how to ski unless he was on these magical Hart skis and then he became an instant incredible skier on the Harts.

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  You guys are killin me. I find myself twisting and turning in my chair as I unconsciously move with the skiers. All great examples of ability I would aspire to even at the late date of my life(53).Thanks for improving the quality of my day.

 

  MR- great clips- especially Killy. He was my initial inspiration in skiing and the clip shows such a great example of what made him a champion. Subtle finesse and composure using the equipment of the day in terrain and conditions made very difficult buy the aforesaid equipments shortcomings. Powder and trees were the domain of experts and very accomplished skiers for a reason back then. Such ease and flow were hard to come by.

 

  Coombs still brings tears to my eyes-he was a giant among great ones there.

 

  Thanks again...Joel

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I saw The Incredible Ski and Ski the Outer Limits in my family inn in N. Conway, NH. My dad would show them to the guests in the dining room. I don't know how many times I watched it but it hasn't gotten old for me. The NE Ski Museum (nesm.org) has a collection of films on one DVD that includes The Incredible Ski, Ski the Outer Limits and Mobius Flip among others.

 

The Incredible Ski starred Roger Staub and Art Furrer. A hart ski company accountant is fed up with his job and kicks the computer. Out come the plans for 'the incredible ski'. He makes up a couple pairs and sets out. Along the way he meets a dairy farmer and their adventure begins.

 

Here is a link (I hope works) to books.google.com. It is a copy of Skiing Heritage, Sep 1998 with an article on freestyle skiing: http://books.google.com/books?id=WlgEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PT48&dq=the+incredible+ski&cd=3#v=onepage&q=the%20incredible%20ski&f=false

 

MR

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Ecimmorta l- You are a skier of excellent taste! That is also probably my favourite segment from Claim.


Thank you. I was a die hard snowboarder until I saw Claim. Then I just decided that skiing looked more fun. And for me it has been. Not to mention I don't take diggers on my left shoulder anymore 

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