I know I am pretty young (23) but through my 15 years of skiing I have seen a huge change over the years. I remember my Dad's (what looked like 10 feet) long K2s with straight side cuts, pointed tips, absolutely no rocker or twin tips, and his rock solid all metal bindings. I also went through the snow blade phase (I know, I know, I'm an idiot). I then grew into the shaped ski era where stiff carving skis was what every skier wanted. In the last couple years I have seen ski waists expand from 80mm being big to now 90mm being the average all mountain waist. I have also seen the change to see everyone on the mountain having twin tip and trying to jib little tricks everywhere (even my Dad has evolved to shorter twins, probably just to look cool with his kids haha). Now, especially this year EVERYTHING is rockered, from park skis, all mountain, deep powder and everything in between. If you flew down the mountain on some mid-fat, twin tip, rockered skis in 1995 you would be laughed off the mountain! If we look back to the best sellers 15 years ago to the bet sellers today they look like aliens to each other!
Even the way we are skiing has completely changed over the last few years and has been completely revolutionized. If you watch ski movies even from the early 2000s to the ones coming out today you can see the difference. The early ones were people ripping fast lines straight down wearing their back country gear. Nowadays the movies are people ripping huge lines hitting a back flip off a cliff and skimming past the camera in a huge smeared turn to see a flash of bright yellow, green and red just to stand out. The jumps seem to triple in size each year and to keep up with the other skiers around you you have to be willing to risk a week in a hospital with a complete compound fracture of your femur, a dislocated hip and completely demolished gear instead of a few sore muscles, which was what you risked 10 year ago. It's no longer going down the hill faster than your friends its now going BIGGER than your friends.
Don't get me wrong I absolutely LOVE this progression and my hats off to those of you that started this trend in the 70s or 80s with your freestyle revolution. Skiing has definitely changed to the better with better equipment and more fun freeskiing lines, but in the past 10 or 15 years this freestyle state of mind has been changing skiing so aggressively I just wonder what skiing will be in 15 years. Everyone on huge pontoon, waterski like skis? Everyone paraskiing just to go huge? If you fall you just die??? What do you all think will happen????