"I could see it taking more the direction of cycling teams, with corporate sponsors and individual industry sponsors," said Scott Palmer, program director and head snowboard coach at Stratton Mountain School.
"Young kids start out wanting to be on the U.S. Snowboard Team, but then they discover the alternatives and see more options.Industry sponsors are influencing them against it.They have a huge influence over the direction of the sport."
...Scott Palmer is program director and head snowboard coach at Vermont's Stratton Mountain School, and has his own take on the new competition landscape.
"My 14-year-olds are the ones that will be steering the industry," he
said."I have three alpine specialists out of 22 students.To me, the writing is on the wall."Palmer
, himself a former alpine racer, goes on to describe how he
has had to change his
own views of the sport."Five years ago I was irate that a snowboard was turning into a sled to get from jump to jump," he
said."Now I am coaching that.We are going to freestyle camps, working with gymnasts, dissecting every move.Our training is not so much endurance anymore.It's more about agility and coordination."
Despite doubts about the discipline, alpine racing continues to evolve on the FIS tour.