Whether you do or don’t usually depends on whether you can or won’t. That generic statement could apply to many things but in this particular case I’m referring to skiing in a terrain park. Not merely skiing, but Telemark skiing with a permanently free heel. To the uninitiated, or unprepared the lack of full foot contact with your ski conjures up the possibility of a multiplicity of new ways to crash. On the otherhand, once you’ve overcome your fear of falling and learn that’s just part of the park learning curve, a free heel opens up a number of new moves. Exhibit A: the short video entitled “Why Not,” produced by Tele Colorado.
Most park videos I’ve seen show lots of amazing moves few of us would dare to try, and the athleticism captured can be intimidating. In the case of Why Not, even though I know better than to subject myself to the potential harm that could come from trying to replicate these moves, the ease and rambunctious nature portrayed in these clips makes me want to try, not that I might expect to duplicate the moves, but I sure want to share in the rollicking fun these guys are having.