Hey guys I was taking in my daily dose of Alex Jones when I had an epiphany: rail skiing is a conspiracy. Although that might sounds almost as outlandish to you as FEMA camps, the idea actually makes more sense than you might think. It is possible that snowboarding on rails was popularized on purpose in order to make people go through equipment more quickly and have to buy more, increasing profits.
A good pair of skis that you only use for powder will last a decade or more (unless you hit rocks) but with the advent of jibbing, a setup only lasts as long as the edges, which can be as little as a year. That translates to an enormous increase in sales for the industry and pros would do it because they get new gear every season anyway. I believe that if we are to achieve sustainability we should change the way we jib to reduce the amount of skis we go through. Mountains could put up non destructive jibs, like industrial grade pvc pipes or plastic coated jibs to save people's edges rather than metal bars. Some parks also build wood jibs (not as good for skiers) that could be laminated and sealed somehow. Call me crazy but think about the amount of money you would save if your skis lasted 5-10 years instead of 1-2 and the amount of material and energy that could be put to better use.