MXmxIt’s hard to ski pipe when there aren’t pipes to ski.
I think the blame is more with the ski resorts that are too lazy to build and maintain a pipe.
Halfpipes even with dirt work yake a ton of snow to build Like a ton. Like a ton of snow, and then a shit ton more. Unless places get absurd amounts of natural, that's a lot of snowmaking and a lot of $$$.
Pipes got big with snowboarding. There wasn't much to the rest of the parks, and some mtns really just had a pipe. Maybe a couple of small shitty jumps too. There were pipe contests everywhere all the time, televised and not. It was huge.
Park skiing grew, especislly when more place started adding rails and people figured out to ski them. More focus was going ominto jumps, less people were riding pipes. Leas pipe contests. Mtns started to stop building them and it became a big trend.
Also many if the old pipe cutters started to fall apart. There's one rusting in the boneyard of pretty much every mtn thats had a decent sized park long term.
Also when the sport went 18 and 22, it kind of left places behind. Contests were only at venues that really manicured a perfect pipe and had a zaugg 18 or 22. The 14ers were forgotten.
Now parks are mostly rails, with a few well buikt jumps generally. This has been a formukar that works well. Using the snow you have to build less but really good jumps and filling in the rest with rails.
Rails are cheap to build and easy to move around. You can keep an almost stagnant 3 jump line(if you're really picky) but moved around rail featyres all season and the park will still feel pretty fresh.
Some pipes are coming back to life, there are even 2 midwest hills building pipes. It's unfortunately something that probably will never catch back on to the point it was.
I do hope more people build weird 1/4 and general tranny features in jumps and around the park. Cat built ir cut, place that zaugg or at least clean the sides of their knuckles. I just dont see pipes making a comeback.
Pipes are fun, but for a lot of mtns it sadly just isn't realistic.