Alright, i'm honestly tired of seeing the threads on it, this is my opinion, and dont care what you call me, i just think we need to put it in our pasts and ride, so i'd highly respect if you would read what i have to say...
Park skiing- Although it wouldnt seem like it is alot more mental, atleast to me, people that can solve problems, are people i see skiing in the park. Being able to time, your take off, set your speed, landing and body positioning all at the same time, is way to much for me to analyze and takes me a really long time to learn a trick.
Big Mtn Skiing- Seems to be people, while fearless, are still scared, but live to be on the edge, and really get there adrenaline going...more type a people, while relaxed, they exert a higher amount OF STRENTH and ESTROGEN into what they do.
so really i see it that you need both Strength and mind, so neither one is harder than the other, they both take equal determination, and ability
I think both aspects take a completely different style of person, and a different ability of each...in my case i love to ski park, and would love to be better, but honestly just dont have the aspiration to fall on hard ice pack trying to prove i can do something to all the local gangsters, and i can honestly say that even tho i try to keep it from that, some days thats just wat some people make it come down to...i enjoy going out there, dropping a few cliffs trying random spins here and there into soft snow...thats fun for me, and i think alot of pro skiers try way to hard to make it in both, which i have mad respect for, but i think i can deffinately see a different style and aspect of a skier in where they may or may not belong, understanding of course they need to make a living wherever they are skiing....
In and of itself i see it as skiing vs. snowboarding... two different worlds, and most of us relate better to one than the other...as for the east coast kids, they have park, thats what they are good at and dominate at, they spend there life in the park, and have MAD talent in the park and bring it out west to perfect it, while some of us westerners have a better high alpine/big mtn/steep/glade/chute whatever you want to refer to, but a better skiing abuility in that terrain and enviorment, and honestly i think you should ski where you want, and not weigh talent, which is harder, which is easier, because they are two things that make our sport great and we each have our way of expressing ourselves out there, so i think we need to quit arguing over which is harder and just carry on with what we do, and where we ride...no matter which we think is the easier one.
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