Park Skiing and Ben Neil

Throughout my 2.5 seasons of skiing park, I have noticed quite a few things that I think separate park skiers from the rest of the ski industry. Aside from the obvious one of skiing in terrain parks and making use of having tips on both ends of our skis, we also have a very unique dress code that makes most of us easy to pick out of a crowd. The ‘gangster’ trend has completely taken over park skiing. Having a jacket that reaches your knees is no longer looked at as stupid and un-functional, but rather stylish and cool. With a jacket that big, baggy pants are a necessity to keep things looking proportional. As always though, there are some people who go against the trend and wear tight pants, which are slowly making their rise to popularity. Along with the fashion side of things, we park riders also seem to have more of a ‘connection’ on the hill. Whenever I’m skiing the park alone, I can almost always find someone to do laps with. Whether I know the person well, or even know them at all, we share the common interest of park skiing. This was one of the things that probably kept me interested in the park scene back when I first started out. If my memory serves me well, this is how I started skiing with Ben Neil about 2-3 seasons ago. Ben got into the park skiing scene a season before me, and I remember in my early days before I got to know Ben, thinking to myself, 'I wish I could ski that well.' Well it’s 3 years later and Ben is still way ahead of me in the park, but that never stops us from having fun skiing together.

With that being said, Ben and I (along with a few others) spent Saturday doing photo-laps in the park and managed to come out with quite a few shots that I personally am very happy with. Here are the final results.

[caption id="attachment_3043" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The man himself"]The man himself[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3046" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Grabbed 3 over the jump"]Grabbed 3 over the jump[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3044" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Corked 7 over the jump"]Corked 7 over the jump[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3047" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Mid S rail"]Mid S rail[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_3045" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Small tail press on the down rail"]Small tail press on the down rail[/caption]

That’s all for now,

Frodo.