I'm sitting here killing time before work and jonesing for snow, and I need to make a comment. I'm a ski patroller at a small local hill in Quebec, and have been for 5 years. Im not an old fart, I'm 22, I have a pair of twins, and I love to play in the pipe almost as much as I love fresh pow.
BUT, kids today are wrecking their own sport. Our hill has become overrun with kids that swagger around, ski fakie through traffic without caring where the hell they end up, huck blind off lips, and generally act like irresponsible assholes. It used to be snowboarders that pissed the general public off, now its 'twin tippers' as they are labeled by many people.
THEN, these kids go on this site complaining that the park sucks, a pipe should be built, etc, etc right after they boast about how they scam skiing without paying for it. I also read several posts about how to steal food from the local cafeteria. KIDS, SKI HILLS ARENT YOUR MOMMA. If you want better parks/pipe etc, support the hill! Our hill is a local mom and pop operation, we dont check tickets every run like the militant Intrawest Nazis at Tremblant, so RESPECT!!!!
Also remember, there are many types of skiing, and respect them all. It takes as much balls to wear a skin suit and rip a GS course a 70 mph as to boost in the pipe. (Altho I'd rather be in the pipe).
And as I've said before, unless you can ski like Tanner, LOSE THE FRIKIN ATTITUDE. YOU ARENT ALL THAT, and if all you can ski is the park/pipe, you arent a true skiier. Try to develop a balance of skills, ski on a pair of 210's once in a while just for the hell of it.
Well I hope this gets kids thinking...and if I get hate mail, well, bring it. Just try this... try to break the steryotype thats forming of 'twin tippers' by being respectful of others, skiing responsibly, and above all having fun..cuz thats what skiing is all about.
WE TAKE THESE RISKS NOT TO ESCAPE LIFE, BUT SO THAT LIFE DOES NOT ESCAPE US