Im sure they like to ski and fuck around on the hill as well. They're human. But much like any professional when it's time to train its train and train only. In interviews a couple of the skiers have said they like to ski outside of comps with friends. I'm watching it now and there are no skin tight one pieces. And I've seen a ton of different tricks, but as you say, they all do look close to the same because I have no idea what I am looking for. And your last point, about the similarities ending...I'm pretty sure its all skiing, and its all fun. And they are going downhill and not uphill. And anytime you leave the ground it's an aerial.
Aerial 1 a : of, relating to, or occurring in the air or atmosphere b : existing or growing in the air rather than in the ground or in water c : high in the air <aerial spires> d : operating or operated overhead on elevated cables or rails <an aerial tram>
Whatev, this is a dumb thread. I quit!