Someone (can't remember right now) had this quote in their signature:
"newschool is a state of mind, not a style of skiing.
I have now added it to mine as well (thank you) - but god damn, is that a perfect quote about what Newschoolers is all about. Most people think that Newschoolers is just about 12 year old park rats... but this is flawed because the site is 13 years old. So law of ages is that even extremely young people at the start of the 'newschool' movement, are now 25 years old. Guys like me are now almost 33... but if you asked me what kind of a skier I was I'd say Newschool.
Its funny though, because I don't hit the park as much as I used to. Shit, most weekends when I'm skiing I'm just out carving with my wife. My buddies and I seek powder and tree skiing when we go on trips.
But.. I still call myself Newschool. I don't identify with pure big mountain shredding, there is always an element of playfulness that I'm looking for - even if its big mountain gnar that I'm after. I'd want to watch someone slay a huge line and then 180 the cliff at the bottom, instead of just arm flail to land straight.
I barely even can put a finger on what I know the difference is, but now I think I can. Its simply a state of mind of looking at skiing differently. Its looking at a more playful way to approach the mountain, no matter what you do or how you do it.
Maybe really in the end its all just skiing... and traditional skiing got lost in the competition stream and Newschool brought back the fun. Shit, maybe even we're going through that right now...
OK ranting now. Ending it, but damn that is a good quote. Anyone know the source?
newschool is a state of mind, not a style of skiing.