TwigI don't think much of the 'hate' (criticism to any balanced individual), can be assigned to the pros here. At the end of the day they are exceptionally talented individuals with short careers trying to make a living. Sure you can say they should try and mix things up but fuck that, I would take the 30k for a stock run if I could. Whatever else I might dislike about competitions I can't honestly blame them for that. But I don't think it makes for much of a spectacle.
The courses and the judging criteria (note I'm not saying the judges themselves) are the guilty parties here. I had a massive long answer to this typed out but then decided it was flogging a dead horse.There is no knocking the talent of the skiers and I wouldn't presume to. But if the courses/event format changed from comp to comp and the judging criteria were adapted to each event, then a variety of talents could be brought to the fore by talented skiers adapting to change.
I don't necessarily even believe that the riders at the top would change, at least a majority of comp guys ARE among the more talented and consistent all rounders out there, but what is required to win would be different each week and that would make things a lot more palatable. It would also bring back the interpretation of new features and the creativity which make this 'sport' different from other freestyle events. Remember that hot dogging was once as raw/creative as (and probably cooler than) we ever were.
Slopestyle is bound to continue under the FIS/AFP as it is. It's now codified and institutionalized and if that is your thing, then more power to you, go do it and good luck to you. Us, well we're going to shake things up a little and hopefully light a fire under things. Watch this space for a big announcement very soon...
**This post was edited on Dec 15th 2015 at 7:58:33am
Stoked to hear the announcement.
I'm not blaming it on the skiers, I'm just curious on their perspective. I know they're in it to win, and a part of the reason the question arises now more so than ever is that a stock run of doubles doesn't necessarily get you a podium anymore (e.g. Woodsy Dew Tour). It's very hard to distinguish yourself when different skiers' runs are so similar. It actually seems strategic to make an effort to set yourself apart, although I have no idea if the judges would reward it.
E.g. would a clean dub 7 score lower, higher, or the same as a clean dub 10? It's definitely a more difficult trick. But at least looking back to when I competed in moguls, it is a whole rotation less and thus a notably lower degree of difficulty in the IFSA book - is this the case in slopestyle now? And would you get any bonus points for doing something interesting / different than everybody else? I know there's a format to the judging, but they have some leeway in where/how they dish out their points.