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Skiing will indefinately move towards serious training and competition. You may have noticed it's already at that point. But that is just one aspect of the sport. You may have noticed that people like Tanner Hall spend lots of time training halfpipe. It's something you have to do to be able to do those kinds of tricks consistently and safely. But there's a reason not everyone is a competition skier. Not everyone enjoys the competition scene. Some people can't get enough though, the feeling of accomplishment after you land the last trick of that halfpipe run is something special.
In the end what you take from skiing is up to you. Nobody can tell you what skiing is. Skiing will always be our sport. It will continue to grow out in all directions, there are those who want skiing to gain in popularity and get into the olympics and what not. And why not? These people love the sport as much as those guys who are out hunting for the powder in the backcountry. These are completely different areas of the sport but that's what's so incredible about skiing, there's so much to it.