pattyWhackwhat do you think? would this be too complicated for skiers to build their lines around? i think it would be a lot better than them just picking 6 rail tricks they can land almost every time and repeating them for the whole event
downsides is that we might see more botched lines... but in return, we would get to watch an incredible variety of tricks and a lot less trip 14's
Far too complex, telling skiers they cant do the same run is just as limiting.
Slopestyle needs to have the least amount of rules as possible, the only thing that could change that is similar to what you're suggesting is giving riders 3-4 runs and making 2 runs count. That way, they put down a run theyre confident with, but is still difficult and then 2 attempts at putting together their hardest run.
I think the audience should also understand what these riders go through (especially in an olympic year) there is so much pressure to be your best at only a select few contest that are all back to back weekends. Its exhausting for the athletes, asking them to do different tricks on every run would likely be shut down by any major slopestyle skier.
In the end, this is a contest to see who can do the best run, not who can do the most tricks, not who can be the most creative and certainly isn't swayed heavily by style. Not sure if there is much we can do but hold on to what we have and push for more creativity and style, judging has been reflecting these kinda changes by not rewarding hucked triple 14s and 16s, andri is a prefect example of such things (athough he did do quite well in a few contests) but just because you do a triple in your run doesn't mean you win, thats the silver lining here.