Let me have it… I want to know your opinions.
I’m relatively new to skiing, really been into it for 2-3 years but that’s it. (I think that’s pretty new to a lot of you guys on here) I’m in my 20’s btw. So far I love it, it’s a total blast. And to be fair I live in the west, so it could even be a regional thing, BUT having some fresh eyes to the sport, there are a few things though that really get under my skin about the current ski industry/culture/climate that I’m curious if anyone else feels or can maybe shed some context on that I would’ve missed by being late to the game?
1: the elephant in the room… I have to agree that pizza before features in the park has got to go… (as soon as you have the ability to transition to carving of course.. obvi we don’t stan gate keeping)
2: what’s up with rail swaps and tons of spinning on and off rails?? Don’t get me wrong I know it’s insanely hard- but as far as style goes i feel like it looks so goofy. Hitting rails with more speed and flowier tricks and some fun jibbing looks so nice in comparison.
3: I’m confused about ski blades. Is it just like a meme or is this a real thing? If so, why?
4: another style thing… why skinny skis for park? I know swing weight etc etc but couldn’t you do essentially the same stuff but on a stompier fatter ski? Unless you’re racing I don’t really get the point of a ski under like 105(which is still on the skinny end)… imagine a sick street part with some 120 fatties… go watch @arkazakov on IG
5: Tall T - the company, not the clothing item. They put out sick products. but what in the world is their logo??
6: street parts: cut it out with the rails. A handrail here or there is beautiful but I feel like so much creativity is lost on tunnel vision for rail hunting. What about ledges? Gaps? Big drops? Idk literally anything creative
7: I feel like Andy Parry is worshipped by a lot of dudes… and don’t get me wrong he’s really talented… but so far I don’t understand the hype, Was there a video part I missed or something? (I’ve watched a lot of TC btw) maybe it’s the skinny skis and all the rail swaps talking…
I already know that this post is getting hate for sure and I know most of this is all up to personal opinion so why should I assume everyone agrees with what I find “stylish” but these are a few that really stand out to me and would love some good explanations as to why. I guess tell me to stfu if this was just way off tho..