I feel like the emphasis on comps is much stronger than video parts, which suppresses skiing's growth. A comp skier is looking to please sponsors, judges and bro's that actually care about comps. And that means the "faster, higher, bigger" mentality wins every time.
The core kids, who care about style and originality are obviously unsatisfied by comps, because they appeal to hucking and just generally aggro riding. This section of the ski world has not yet realized what is actually entertaining to watch. And so, we end up with ski robots doing front 270's out of every urban rail and endless tweaked grabs. And time lapses, and night shots of cities, and jumpy shots and pans.
Now, to move way off topic. Skiing needs two things: creativity and taste.
Creativity is easy to figure out. But we need true creativity. Which means thinking of tricks for yourself (hand drags don't count fuck), and actually having the nerve to do them in front of your skier bros, even if they make fun. I know blahblahblah this has all been said a lot.
Taste means thinking about what you're wearing and doing. Is there a purpose to 270 pretzel that rail? It's already been done a million times. Sure, go ahead and do it for personal achievement. But shit, don't film it because it's been done too much. And your clothes. Are you wearing those because a pro had them? Ever think of not looking like a clone? Be yourself, and don't tell me "yourself" is dictated by whatever's hot in 08.
To put an end to this very disappointing post, skiing needs more hate. It keeps wack style and taste in line. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iouA-9Ez8a8
(just imagine if Tanner pulled out a Freeskier and started doing the same thing).
"skiing was already damn gay b'fo but now son i don't even know what to tell you cuz' it'll take all night "