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"The joy I get from skiing, it's worth dying for" - CR Johnson
I think a large part of what made CR and Shane love skiing was pushing themselves and pushing the sport. It would have killed them to not ski the way they did.
The way skiing is going - it's exponential growth in pushing the limits etc .... I would say these incidents are likely to increase unfortunately...
Think about it.... i mean, how crazy is some sh*t getting.... especially in the park....
I ask you this - when will the first fatal accident happen to a top skiier in a park? Shit keeps getting built bigger, faster, gnarlier...
Doing 50mph into something huge - it won't take much..... and i personally am worried that it will be pushed up until that point where a fatal accident happens. Simon Dumont and Derek Spong have both been super lucky in accidents involving massive kickers....
everyone expects only park skiers to be the skiers who can die but i live in ontario and about 5 people die at the ski resorts around me every year and they are all people who rent and go down the hill too fast and hit a tree
But it is interesting that no of the skiers who have died lately have been park skier.
I'm sure a little bit of thought goes into what they are doing. Shane was an avid ski wingsuiter and i'm pretty sure Cr grew up skiing that line. What CR said though about dying for skiing is what i totally belive. I would much rather die skiing than anything else
ding ding ding, we finally have a winner.
This guy has it right. All the people that say skiing is worth dying for never thought they would do so in the near future, it was more a statement to show that they really loved skiing. As for it being worth it? Not a chance. Skiing is a SPORT - something you should do for fun or as a hobby. Whenever a sport becomes more important than the truly important things in life it is time to re-assess the situation. Yes, Shane McConkey died doing what he loved and he did live for the sport. But, if a week before his death he could have had the choice of a) dying while doing what he loved - skiing off of cliff and parachuting down or b) never skiing again and seeing his wife have a husband and his child have a father then I would have a hard time believing any person who would voluntarily choose the former.
Some of you reading this are even offended I would say that I can say what the right decision is for anyone else. But I am telling you that if you think it is worth it to die for just because it is doing what you love then you should probably re-evaluate why you exist. If you have others that depend on you and you still think it is fine to go die because you love it, then you probably need to grow up. Not trying to be rude, but I am going to stand for real principles, and real men and women have an obligation to others aside from themselves FIRST, before their own desires. A great quote from JD Salinger written in Cather in the Rye...
"The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one."
I don't understand why people are trying to argue about this. Everyone has their own opinion regarding skiing and the lifestyle it brings. Some are dedicated, everyday skiers while others are weekend warrriors so we will all have different perspectives.
I know personally I love to go up skiing and understand I am taking a risk everytime I go (Last time my friend fell in like an 8 foot covered up hole in the middle of a skied out run). But I choose to take that risk because I enjoy it. Same when I jump on the tramp. Or even drive to school after getting 5 hours of sleep.
This is just my two cents and since everyone has different beliefs, I am not going to try to force my opinion on anyone.