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September 17, 2008

Fistful of Moguls – More Nineties Stuff

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Written by: Janne Niini
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We have been posting some old stuff here for some time… (“Blast from the Past”, I, II and III) And while we are at it, let’s get some more nineties action! Drum’n’bass / jungle music, one pices, Bula(!) hats and furious mogul bashing. What could be better, heh?

Serioysly speaking what makes this film/clip interesting is not the fact that it consists of great mogul skiing and lots of pretty cheesy looking 1990’s stuff, not even legendary Glen Plake. But what makes this interesting is that it is filmed by the legendary Poor Boyz Productions Johnny DeCesare, just before the so called new scool style bloomed all over the world. I believe this is filmed in the season 96/97, a year before the Nagano Olympics and THAT 360 mute grab made Jonny Moseley oh-so-famous.

By looking at the style and tricks of the skiers you can clearly see that the new school revolution was not just there yet. You probably notice a few grabs and crossed skis here and there but it was only the New Canadian Air Force that brought something more to it…

These guys ski great but are definately still “old school”. I guess for many skiers the real change was films like “Degenerates” (by DeCesare himself), “Global Storming” and “Uprising” that showed Cusson, Auclair, Dorion and Douglas for the first time to the whole global skier audience. Moseley’s mute 360 and gold medal in Nagano probably was the big thing for your avarage Joe but I guess something like Vincent Dorion’s first filmed switch take-off were much more mind blowing for a passionate skier?

Still, I have to say I dig the straightforward, good old mogul skiing in the clip. Snowboarders always say that mogul skiing suck, and so do many others that never mastered it but I am still in the opinion that the ones that can ski zipperline bumbs fast and in control, have no problems elsewhere on the mountain!

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About the Author

Janne Niini
I am a former (not-so-competitive) mogul-skier who nowadays enjoy many aspects of snow-gliding: alpine, telemarking and occasional snowboarding too. I have two small daughters and try to ski with them as often as possible.




 
 

 
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