yaya i know it cost a ton of money for a zauge to maintain it an u have to have a lot of snow to
as a pipe skier, its pretty upsetting. I suppose the cost to build and maintain a half pipe is just too much for some resorts. Especially when everyone is looking for ways to cut costs. Plus, how many people really use the half pipe??? its probably a luxury most resorts can do without and not many people would miss. I personally love pipe skiing, to ski and to watch. so no pipes would mean eventually that competitive pipe skiing would be phased out.
well, i guess they didnt dump all our pipes.....they didnt bother with the super pipe, and made our mini pipe a little nicer.
Its still gay that Big White would do that though because they host quite a few comps over the year in the super pipe...
well it will never die but itss going down
jumps and rails are taking over
Although pipe skiing does get the most media attention that is due to the fact that it is so spectator friendly. People can't just sit there and watch the whole slopestyle run. And it's not like it's one trick like big air (anybody else sick of switch 10s, kangaroos and double cork 12s yet?), although halfpipe was where I spent most of my time skiing the last couple years I can understand that to maintain a quality halfpipe is one damn expensive thing to do and realistically... most kids going to the mountain are there for the jumps and rails. How many halfpipe edits are in the top rated section??? none last time I checked and that's cause all the kids on NS are doing jumps and rails. Halfpipe has become a pretty much strictly competition aspect of the sport which isn't absolutely bad but how big of a marked do you think that is? There are not that many people out there who are training the halfpipe 25+ hours a week. I've come to notice that the halfpipe world within the skiing world is very very small. It's not very often that some guy you've never heard of comes out and wins a big pipe event, there just aren't that many guys that are at that top level. (and if you tell me xavier bertoni came out of nowhere you don't follow halfpipe very well).
Bottom line is that for most resorts it is not worth the time and effort. It's still a business and theyh're out to make money