right now ns is my favorite website, it allows me to see the ever growing ever progressing sport of freeskiing. at the moment my favorite thing about ns is connecting with the community and seeing it develop and grow but i really enjoy the closeness of the community. i live in washington dc where until now there really haven't been a lot of skiers and unlike many i WAS super optimistic about freeskiing entering the the world stage. i already knew that with the gaining popularity of the sport more and more people that weren't previously hyped about the sport are becoming hyped which i think is great, but what i have begun to notice is that people aren't starting to get excited about it for the love of skiing but because it is cool.
before this year there were 3 kids in my grade who skied just to ski, for the overwhelming feeling of happiness that sliding down a mountain on a pair of curved sticks and taking turns in deep pow and finding trannies and even hitting the park, gives all of us. what is troubling to me is that i now now have a ton of new skiing friends, which would be great, but as i go skiing with them they all have the "i am better than you attitude." the new recruits to the sport(at least in my experience) don't go out to ski with the bros but instead go out to ski and see if they are better than the rest of the kids there.
i enjoy hitting the park for a good time but it definitely isn't my favorite part of skiing, i would much rather be hitting cliffs, booters, pow, finding fun new jumps and challenges around the mountain and just ripping the whole mountain like many of us here on ns. but the kids who are beginning around me don't seem to care about the fun aspect of the sport they just hit the park all day every day just to become better than the kid sitting next to them on the lift. no one i have seen wants to develop their fundamentals in skiing they just want to be able to spin the most or be able to do the most tricks. that being said since its their first couple month actually skiing a lot they aren't very good, but the attitude still is apparent.
this is the attitude i do not want infecting ns. i come to ns to see the sport and to talk to people like me who just love to ski, but i see more and more of this attitude in and around freeskiing. if there is any way to limit this on ns that would be geat.
i just had to rant it out. sorry