-DanIdk this one sounds like gate keeping. If ability were a prerequisite for anything I never would have been able to participate
I ain’t gonna lie it is gk to an extent lol. I’m mainly referring to the people though who will buy “trendy skis” but don’t understand the meaning of it all and put no effort into doing so. Kids who buy V’s or jets or x ski company because they want to “look cool” or fit in or whatever, not because they actually think they would enjoy the way the skis ride or that they even realize where their money is going to.
I think ability matters but not as much as the attitude the skier as as OP said. I know everyone is entitled to learning but it’s annoying seeing someone fully kitted out in the newest and (I hate this term) core kits and setups just because they saw clips from zootspace on some robot skiing repost page. Then they proceed to snake people in the park and fall off tubes early (I have nothing wrong whatsoever with people learning or not being as good as others yet but if you’re gonna carry this attitude about a lack of culture understanding it irks me)
I often see some people riding the “newest or trendiest” skis and I know damn well they didn’t buy them for the way they ski or the morals of the company etc etc. If I catch a conversation with them I’ll often prove my own assumption to be correct.
it just annoys me when someone says “yeah I want Vishnus or jetskis!” And I ask why and they say “they look cool and they’re In style” instead of “yeah I think they’ll fit my skiing and I like the way their rocker shape is” or “I like the softness they have in the tips with stability in the tail etc etc.”
im not telling anyone how to do things and I’ll never hold anyone to it that’s just my two cents. Sometimes the culture is overlooked and has no intent to be learned by certain members of the wonderful park community.
**This post was edited on Oct 17th 2021 at 10:18:48pm