Me and my friends decided to try out being progressive yesterday and ski without poles for a couple hours at our home mountian. The first run was weird getting used to empty hands, but there really wasn't anything we couldn't do without our poles. Before we knew it, we were seeing a bunch of random people all over the mountain without poles, after we had tried it. Before yesterday we had only seen one other person without poles on our mountain before. Don't knock it 'till you try it.