I created this thread in response to the other thread going around SG right now called "Oldest Freeskier".
You see, the OP in that thread seams to think that a "freeskier" is another way of saying park skier... even insulted my intelligence over the matter. The problem lies in the reality that you don't have to touch the park to be a "freeskier". Ian Mac would be a good example of this. I have never seen any footage of him anywhere near a groomed surface, nor spinning off of a cliff, yet - is he not a freeskier?
In the other thread, someone eventually mentioned Mary Woodward as the oldest "freeskier". I was waiting for this, because it brings up a very important question: What IS a "freeskier"?
[for those that aren't in the know, Mary is in her late 70's, lives in Nelson, BC and skis up at Whitewater resort - she's been in Salomon Freeski TV, Sherpa's All.I.Can. and a few small local films.]
You see, a few years ago a made a thread with the proposal of dropping the "free", and just simply calling ourselves skiers. At some point, we are going to have to make that transition, but I guess we're not ready yet - or are we. If Mary Woodward can be considered a "freeskier", what are the distinguishing qualities of said "freeskier"?
Park skiing is not required.
It has nothing to do with your skills.
Is it all in your mentality? If so - what is it about "our" mentality that makes us different?
Do you have to be "core" and buy "core" brands to be a "freeskier" in this modern day age?
Please, tell me - what is the difference between a "skier" and a "freeskier"?