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Is Skinning a Thing of the Past? | UNITED STATES, OREGON | 03/17/2009, by awesomepatrol
As the man in the above video has been attempting to prove, jet packs are becoming a reality. All I can say is, it's about f!&king time!! Finally my mild mannered life will actually have purpose!
Well what happens when these personal transports become perfected, widely distributed and priced towards the average consumer? I'll tell you what: A big bunch of enthusiastic riders and skiers and an even bigger bunch of disgruntled resort owners. Even though gondolas, lifts and trams will become obsolete, at least ski resorts will continue to draw customers with their great restaurants and fair prices.....
A lot backcountry skiers claim they love the up just as much as the down. If the Jet Pack were affordable, would those uphill lovers convert? Or would they just give me a smug look as I zip by in route to my 25th lap?
As this commenter mentioned in a previous article, the jet pack would also make a great vessel to escape being caught in an avalanche. How sweet would that be?!!! Oops, the slope just ripped, no worries, let me just fire up those power converters! Goodbye expensive avalanche classes! Who needs knowledge when I've got technology!
The end of overpriced resorts, no more uphills, avalanche danger reduced to zilch, infinite access, even rescue a cat from a tree, sounds like paradise to this writer. Don't get me wrong, I love to get exercise, but the thought of getting in 30 laps a day sounds pretty amazing. I am sold, how about you? Would you solely use the Jet Pack and ditch the skins, or would you stay true to the uphill part of our sport? What other skiing related ways could we use a Jet Pack for? Let us know in the comments!