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Young_pattyCompetitions bring more money into the sport than any "core" independent project/film. Y'all hate to admit it but competitions are an essential part of skiing's core, without them we would not have the audience, sponsors, participation and money that there is today. Yeah its pay to win for sure, most other sports are the same way though tbh- skateboarding and snowboarding are exactly the same.
I think skiing has really gone through a culture shift in regards to how we view amateur content and local scenes- hopefully the next step is gonna be a revival of local competitions at a smaller scale. I remember growing up in MN and we would always pull up for things like Hyland-comp, Master shredder, afton jams in addition to our own USSA comp circuit because local comps are just plain fun af. I think a big issue is kids not wanting to pull up because they're worried about "not standing a chance of winning" rather than the mindset of "hell yeah special park set for the comp and everyone will be there." I think lowering the barrier/cost of entry and changing the discourse around competitive skiing would really do a lot for the local comp scenes and could be a good way to bring more people/money into the sport.
TLDR:// comps are good for the sport and skiers, we need to shift our attitude and focus on creating more fun local events aside from USSA/USASA junior/pro comp circuits.
BingPowwya homie? check your regionals once and a while for a update on a rail jam or something. If you're in Vermont, Bolton Valley has a little rail jam type contest once a month on a Thursday(unsure of the date of the next one). Also make friends with the park crew and make a contest happen. I think you'd find it takes a lot more planning than you think.
BackwrdstoasterI completely agree with you what I’m saying is there is a need for a revival in small local comps.