This isn't really a serious question, it's more meant as an exercise to think about stuff from a different angle and be more open minded towards things.
Since the double's started becoming acceptable in the park skiing world (I say acceptable because people like the Schrab brothers were doing that shit back in the beginning but people didn't really take too well) people on NS have been saying "skiing is now aerials".
Well, as the title of the thread suggests: When did aerials stop being skiing and become whatever it is now? Aerials and moguls skiing are the natural result of the original "freestyle" movement decades past. Moguls went one way, aerials went another, but in the end, it's on a pair of downhill skis and therefore can still be part of the alpine skiing world, no?
I bring this question up because now with the emergence of triples in the competition scene of park skiing and the Olympics on the horizon, what is going to happen to both slopestyle/big air and aerials? When the world sees park skiers doing switch triples with different axis and body positions will aerials have the popularity to survive? If not, what does that mean as far as what this community deems "cool" and what not.
Since the days of the switch 1080 taking over the big air scene the community of park skiing has been split into those that want style and those that want technical difficulty. Well, I predict that once Sochi has come and gone we are going to have to actually address this issue head on. Think about it: the world sees park skiers do switch triple 1440 tail japan and the death of aerials won't be too far behind. If/when that happens, is the competitive side of the sport than trapped in an endless spiral towards more technically difficult trend with no real room for style?
One could argue that such a mentality has ALWAYS been the driving force behind competition skiing, and if that's the case - how has competitive park skiing EVER been different from aerials skiing? Are they not already one and the same?