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most jibbers just switch to backcountry, but there are alot of older guys/girls that jib in the east coast
I'm 27 and still love riding park as much as ever. I am learning new stuff, but there are two barriers that have developed with age:
1)It hurts more. I used to be able to ride park all day with now problems. But now, if i spend more than a couple of hours of hard park riding, I ache alot the next day. Also, if i take one hard bail, then I'm alot more cautious than I used to be and will generally call it for the day.
2)I have a career, and a wife, which means I spend alot less time on the hill than I used to. The upside is, I have more money to spend on going to better places. And my wife rides twins, and its fun teaching her in the park.
i'm 25 and i have found that i spend almost no time in the park anymore.
i dont think that has to do as much with me worrying about my body as it does the fact that the things i enjoy the most about skiing have changed.
now i'd much rather rip a deep powder line or bomb off a cliff than to lap the park all day. that probably was influenced a lot by moving from wisco to utah, but still, i just don't feel the desire to hit it hard in the park anymore.
Right on man! I ride with my dad sometimes still (im only 21) and hes starting to hit jumps and stuff now, trying to get him to slide some rails this season. + karma for not lettin the "real world" take away your passion!
On a side not, 2 years ago i rode up a chairlift with a guy how was 86 and still absolutely killing it, charging some of the steepest lines washington has to offer, it was inspiration, the man said he still skiis 3 times per week.
age isn't anything but a number man. im 27 and probably in better shape than when I was 20 due to drinking/partying less. I hit the park quite a bit and don't have any problems.
i did too!!!
its just cuz guys are talkin bout spinning and flipping and then papasteeze comes outa nowhere with "i can 50-50 boxes"
Haha, I am only 21, but I already feel like this has happened to me. I had some season ending crashes in the park. It just isn't worth it to me to potentially lose a whole season of skiing from taking a bail in the park. And I do fall more often in the park than anywhere else.
I still love skiing park, but backcountry and all mountain is what Iove the most, and it has always been that way for me.
Half the reason I don't ski park much anymore is just the scene, though. I just really don't enjoy the park scene as much as I used to, and I think it is my age. It just annoys me to be in the park with people everywhere. Now, I only hit park when it is pretty much empty. For me, a large part of the fun of skiing is getting away from crowds, and trying to really isolate myself and become one with the mountains. Can't do that while surrounded by bro brahs.
There isn't anything quite like skiing through a perfectly manicured park, all to yourself though. Sliding a rail smooth, or stomping really clean off a booter is just a great feeling, and that never goes away, no matter how old I get.