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I grew up in the east, and still dreamed of skiing big mountains. I think people in the past were more that way than the kids coming up now. I don't really buy the whole 'I live back east so I don't emulate big mountain skiers' position. When I grew up, we looked for the hardest run on the mountain, and tried to ski it as well as we could.
MInnesota might be different. You guys might not have bump runs.
Kids that grow up in Florida still dream of surfing Pipeline. I don't see why skiing should be any different. In surfing, it is understood that no matter how good someone is in slop, they will never have the respect of the core surfing commmunity until they can make powerful turns on 3X overhead waves. I don't see why skiing should be any different.
I think part of the reason for the lack of respect from the BC folks, is that many of them HAVE park experience, and don't want to go back to it. Think of it this way: A 12 year-old says eating chocolate is better than sex. A 25 year old disagrees. Who is in a better position to make a decision? The 25 year old knows plenty about chocolate, but the 12 year old knows nothing about sex, so it makes sense that the 25 year old's position is granted more weight. Plato's allegory of the cave also comes to mind.
Have you ever seen a park skier become a great big mountain skier, and then say that what they really prefer is park? I haven't. It does not mean they aren't out there, I just have not seen it.
Who knows more about the merits of urban skiing versus the merits of big mountain skiing, Tanner Hall or a 13 year old from Minnesota?
As for the vote.....It should not really surprise people. It was based on the preferences of the online voting population.
Congratulations to Henrik. I would not have voted for him, but who cares.