lets say 20 years?
and i mean in regard of increasing risks/injuries. easy maths: more people do it, more people will get injured while skiing.
it strikes me when i see doubles done by guys that cannot do switch 7s or other guys that dont feel like a 3 is a fundemental thing that is needed to go for a cork7. then i know skiers that cant do a 1 over a 30 ft kicker but tell me they wanna go for a double superman front next week (and i ski with them, they WILL/ARE doing it, its not just claiming).
now i built up my point and its time to draw my conclusion: imo, serious injuries will increase to a level we dont want it to, in the progame and in the amateur-area. imagine a fatal/paralyzing accident on national TV (xgames). this would create an attention for our sport that we dont want to have and it would cause insurances to raise their rates for skiers (i even know a case where an insurance cancelled a contract because of ski injuries). and by that point i think we all would have to look for some kind of solution. i love skiing, but if i cant afford insurance, then i cant do it anymore, because of the injury risk and the costs that even a minor surgery (for example) causes.
so, i dont know how we will counteract that (maybe freeski-clubs like oldschoolskiing did), but it will happen. it happened with freeride-mountainbiking when they shut down red bull rampage, for example.
how can we prevent this?
and please dont hate. its just my thought that we depend more on the insurances than we think and if they make deficits with skiers, we all know what they do.