The competition scene these days is going through the roof. Athletes are pushing it harder, faster, and bigger than ever before. This video of Murray Elliott is truly nuts. Competitions force skiers and riders to go big in conditions that may not exactly be ideal.
On one side of the coin, huge props to Murray for taking this line, but on the flip side- WHAT THE HECK? There has been no snow here in Colorado (minus the last 4 inch storm a week ago), but regardless, this line choice was way too aggressive for the conditions, and clearly not the safest landing zone. Although a questionable decision, luckily, Murray back-slaps the landing and manages to avoid the tree, but holy Sh*t, he could have died on that run-and he knows it.
I love where the competition scene has been taking big mountain skiing over the last couple years, however it’s moments like in this clip that bring us back to reality and make us say, “wow, maybe I shouldn’t have done that”.
Sometimes people get too caught up in the scene, and sometimes we just need to chill out, relax- and realize why we’re all out here skiing in the first place. Simply, to have fun sliding down the hill in whatever fashion you please.