So the title may sound a bit odd for a winter sport, but hanging around for the Crankworx Joyride today (before the rain) got me thinking.
If you have not seen the crowds for joyride before give it a quick search, the crowds are huge and the atmosphere is crazy. Compare that to even big ski comps like x games and they just don't compare But why.
a big part I think is the fact that events like joyride happen in the summer. It's hot (usually), sunny and light until late. People come out to watch the comp but also party and that is a big part of why the crowds are so big. People come for the atmosphere of being in the crowd and some don't even watch the riding at all.
Unfortunatly with ski comps the weather quite often sucks. It's cold and often snowy or even raining. This often does not equate to people turning up to have a good time.
So what I'm proposing is we move to the summer. Embrace the uk attitude that a lack of natural snow does not mean you can't ski. Imagine a slope course built from snow flex on a mountain in summer. It could be 30degrees (90 odd for our American friends) and you could sit and watch skiers throw down. Yeah it may seem weird but dry slopes in the summer were always awesome in the uk. Nothing beats skiing in the sun and the warmth.
now I'm not preposing we move the entire ski schedule to the summer but I do think it could be really cool to have a big dry slope event in the summer but maybe I'm just to british at heart. What do you guys think?