As a new year creeps up upon us again, its time to dwell on the days of the past and the days that will come. A new year is here and another year that our industry has survived. Now only nine years old (pending on how you see it), our sport has progressed into a cash money machine in very little time. In a sport that has fallen on marketing gimmicks and playing out cliches, most skiers take for granted the equipment they ride and the terrain they ski. And as this machine keeps plowing away for years to come we tend to forget people who paved the way for our sport.
Now what is the point of this rant and rave? Its for you to be thankful for the forefathers of our sport. Many skiers today wouldn't know who helped develop our sport. Guys like, Shane Aderson, Shane Szocs, Greg Tuffelmire, Kris Ostness, Rex Thomas, Evan Raps, JF Cusson, Micah Black, Shannon Schad, Vincent Dorian, Paul Yih, Shane McConkey, JP Aucliar, and many more. So I would like for you guys to pick one forfather (that means pre 2001) and write out his contribution to the sport...that way NS members can have info on their sport.