Man... and I remember all of this stuff...
I remember the first time I ever saw those yellow salomons that could go backwards... and saw "Fifty" (possibly last good Warren Miller film) and freaked the fuck out as a 12/13 year old seeing guys throwing down in the park on skis...
Before that, the only 'extreme' skiing I had ever seen was TGR flicks like Harvest and some of the earlier McConkey shit where it was just sending it down spines. Seeing park skiing for the first time was mind bottling.
And it was so core back then. Took about 10 years after that before there were more than maybe 3 or 4 other park skiers at your local mountain... and that's on a good day... and you made friends with them quickly because you were unique.
Have a nice day, Bluename.