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JibberinoFacilities for freestyle skiing are still years ahead in North America. Sure there is loads of terrain in Europe, bur for parks, NA is still a good 5 years ahead. With that in mind I think people will keep flocking to NA, just because of the facilities and the general culture surrounding freeskiing. In Austria you still have reactionary and conservative powers working actively against freeskiing, and until that ends, we will not catch up with NA, at least in Austria.
Can't speak much on the other big alpine countries, but in a place like Spain you also have a struggling scene on account of the economy. Which makes it even more impressive that Noah Albaladejo and Luka Melloni are doing what their doing.
JibberinoI work for a company called qparks, check our http://www.qparks.com
Where have you worked before?
TurkeltonI put North America at the end cos I was lazy, much like the culture of driving everywhere in North America.
Schwiiing. But seriously, do you see this change or is it just me?
TurkeltonI'm not counting out the North American side. I just think in the very near future there may be a shift in domination and with freeski popularity building here, a shift in market planning for the industry.
JibberinoIn Austria you still have reactionary and conservative powers working actively against freeskiing,
Moon_Parkcan you expand on this?
JibberinoIn the ÖSV you have powerful members who have blatantly admitted to hating freestyle and vowed to actively work against it. Compared to the talent pool in Austria, you have little to no support for freestyle skiing and no focused talent development. Austria is a very traditional country, and a lot of people still don't want to accept the direction skiing is going in, even though it is inevitable.