The one thing that I have realized after coming back from camp and actually chilling with pros the whole week on a personal basis, is actually more then one thing. I got to chill with tufflemire and mercon the whole week, as long with be in the same room with tanner, pep, and rory silva. Which to people who don't get out to places lake mammoth, park city, vail, etc.. where the big names are, is a huge thing for people like me to be actually be involved with the whole scene.
I just have to say that skiers are ordinary dudes just like me and you. The only difference is that they can absolutely rip while they ski. They live the skiing lifestyle which mostly 80 percent of the people on here wanna live. Which from what I have learned is alot more glamour then you think. While sitting down and talkin to the pros for hours, I realized that skiing, is skiing, but when you are a pro you have alot more resonsibilities, and it is a fast pace lifestyle in a way.
When you are on a sponsorship like that of K2, or rossignol your sponsors make you ski when you don't want to. You have to jump from state to state to please your sponsors. I guess what I am trying to get across is that magazines like freeze and freeskier glamourize skiing so much. I am not taking anything away from it, but now adays every industry tries to make everything so pretty and appealing to the youth so that they will buy their 150 dollar coat, when you can get one for 75 bucks thats just as good, but the 150 dollar one is worn by Tanner Hall... woooohoooo!
In a nut shell, ski because you wanna ski, wear whats comforatable and affordable, and realize that pros who are throwing switch 900s have to put on a pair of pants in the morning just like you do.
'I'm far from broke, got enough bread and mad hoes, ask Beavis I get nuttin Butt-head' - Big L
* Empire Freeride, Session 3*