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The New Ajax
As an avid and purist skier, I guess I am supposed to be against snowboarding. To tell you the truth, I could care less if you ski, board or slide down the mountain on a cafeteria tray as long as you get what you are seeking from the mountain. However, it does bother me somewhat to hear a snowboarder compare his plight to that of the Civil Rights movement (Forum: "Should Boards Be On Ajax?" March/April 2001). Somehow I don't think Scott Willoughby and Rosa Parks shared the same predicament. Don't degrade what she did on that bus in Alabama just because some elitists at one ski resort don't like your baggy clothes, tattoos or devilish grins.
I've been wanting to board Ajax for years, and at last I can. I don't know what all of the hype is about. I'm just out there having good clean fun. Scott Willoughby is right: There really is no need to be afraid. I think Ajax was doing the "non-snowboard thing" just for the schtick. Thanks for letting it go, Ajax.
Hey Scott-how about writing about the benefits of allowing boards on Ajax? Nope, instead you stoop to insulting longtime Aspen locals and telling them you're going to show them how to ride their mountain. You've missed the whole point by getting too emotionally involved in the issue. You want to get back at Aspen by "wearing baggy pants and flaunting your tattoos." Oh, so that's what it's all about? How rad you snowboarders are? Gosh, Aspen won't know what to do with all that coolness!
Total Tele Passion
Great to read something about the free-heel resurgence in SKI ("Three Pinners' Revenge," March/April 2001). I know it's not a new phenomenon, but it is new to me. I was at a standstill with alpine boards until tele-ing reinvigorated my passion for the hill-even after I made my initial descent on a first date that was also the last. (I think it was tough to see a guy bury his face in snow all day.) But hey, I'm happy to sacrifice one average-looking gal for a lifetime of rippin' it up on teles.
Why did Alex Markels bother talking about teleskiing in his assault on snowboarders? It was an insult to veteran skiers who also snowboard to read his purported conversation with his "knuckle-dragging," "clueless chairmate." Asserting that all riders are naive youngsters who can't stop saying "da' bomb" and "totally rippin'" is like accusing all skiers of drinking imported beer out of green bottles and saying "What are you doing?"
New York, N.Y.
I first read your magazine last month-stimulating articles about stretch pants and sex. I figured I would give the March/April issue a chance, too, and I was pleased to find an article on telemark skiing. My faith was restored until I started reading the author's assertions: "Guys on telemark skis are definitely more sexy then any other guys on the mountain." Pathetic! It seems either your staff or readers (or both) are completely caught up on comparisons, contrasts and gratuitous mentions of sex and skiing. Let me clarify the mentality behind telemark skiing: The telemark skier attempts to avoid the shallowness that your publication encourages, advertises and embraces.
Come on, now. There's no way that Warren Miller has "ski anxiety" (Warren's World: "Ski Anxiety," March/April 2001). This is the guy who was going to strap himself to the landing gear of a helicopter. Then again, he never said he personally felt anxious-and he made his buddies ride outside, while he rode in the chopper.
New London, Conn.
Igot a kick out of Warren Milller's "Ski Anxiety." In response to his points about looking at upside-down trail maps, I came up with a list of the Top 5 Reasons maps are drawn from the perspective of the parking lot:5. Trail Maps are printed in Australia.4. The view from K2 is so cloudy, the trail map would be a white page.3. In a bizarre coincidence, trail-map artists all suffer from acrophobia.2. If the view was from the top of the mountain, many skiers would chicken out before they hit the lift.1. James Niehues is a parking-lot attendant on the side.
Via the Internet
Thanks, Moira McCarthy, for thinking out of the box (Ski Family: "Education Vacation," February 2001). Kids don't learn just when they're in a classroom and, frankly, they probably learn better through experience. Skiing and traveling are both great character-building avenues, and whatever captures our childrens' interest and attention is a successful teaching approach.
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