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Are all mountain skills necessary for park?
I've been skiing on and off for a few years on school ski trips but this year I started to ski often as a weekend warrior lmao. I've been progressing in the park and my overall control has improved but I've been wondering, would it make more sense to try to focus more on being able to handle steep terrains and moguls and what not to improve my skiing abilities before I try to continue in the park? I can already ski switch fairly well and have been working up on boxes, rails and the larger jumps at my small east coast mountains (20+ feet). I feel like I can easily progress a lot next season if I end up going to school near a mountain, but I'm not sure which direction I should attempt to progress in?
I've seen kids rip park, but they look like total gapes when they try to ski all-mountain. They are two entirely different beasts.
I suck at park, but I will take on anybody in the moguls. While they require different techniques, skiing all mountain terrain will still make you a stronger skier and help you be more aggressive in the park. It's not crucial to be good at all-mountain to be good at park, but it helps.
All mountain skills are the foundation. If you work on that first it will help you out a ton in the park
You can't play hockey without being a good skater. Park skiing is a small type of skiing while "all mountain" is the base of any time of skiing. So being a good skier in general will significantly help you in the park
You dont need to be an amazing all-mountain skiier to be in the park, just confident enough to take on any pitch or run.
I makes your park skiing so much better. It might not do much for your tricks but you'll be much more comfortable going faster/bigger and have better edge control which equals mad style.
In the park, you focus on the air and style side of skiing. Conditions are often perfect, angle dialed and everything.
In all mountain, G forces are your goal. Going fast will give you one feeling, but a perfect turn is another crazy feeling.
In big mountain, its all about getting up and down safely without sacrificing difficulty. You can be a shitty skier, but the safest skier is the best skier.
You can totally change it up from the park to the all mountain. I recommend sharper, more aggressive skis for the best enjoyment. Just lapping around the mountain on the groomers can be tons of fun. Having an instructor will help you progress faster and have more fun.
I was very good all mountain before I came into park, and I think it really helped me make the tricks that I learned look good/stylish. Because I was already very comfortable and confident in my skis. I suggest always trying to do a little all mountain as a break from park. Really try to be creative and find ways to "freestyle" on regular trails. Butters, nollies, full runs switch, etc... Find things to play around on and style it out. It will really make you a better skier in and out of park. Also adds a lot of style to your riding and tricks.
When I first started skiing I skied JUST park. Nothing else. I was decent on rails and jumps but I couldn't ski switch for more than 200 yards, I wasn't very fast or had much control. Now I focus more on just skiing technique and I'm a completely different skier. So no? But it DOES help.
If you pizza in the park, you're gonna have a bad time.
Being a better all mountain skier allows you to add your own style and creativity to your park skills
I've said it here many times and see it very often. Being a good park skier has nothing to do with being a good skier. Park is its own beast. I see kids all the time who can throw down solid runs yet look like baffoons outside of the park when they have to make real turns and actually use skill and technique to ski.
I think you should try to progress in what you have fun with, if your getting bored with runs go ski park and vice versa. While it is true that all mountain shredding will benefit your park skiing, you gotta do what you find is fun, so just switch it up here and there to find you like to ride... Also, wherever you go, find skiers better than you to shred with... works wonders
You should be able to comfortably charge down a black run. If not, get fulltilts.
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