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The perils of twin-tips

Dear Editor:Regarding Jon Maletz’s column of April 18:I’m so happy that Jon has scored his beloved pair of twin-tips. Fate meeting karma is always a chance for excitement.Not knowing Jon’s behavior on the slopes, though, leads me to ponder the reason for his wanting twin-tips at all. The design, I believe, is to allow the skier to ski backwards, or “switch,” either intentionally or, as I have interpreted some of the aerial shenanigans of late, to avoid auguring in after messing up a landing. Maybe Jon likes to engage in ski ballet like when it was all the rage back in the 70s.The ugly, dark side of twin-tips, however, is in the fact that they hurl a dangerous roostertail behind. In certain snow conditions, most notably the heavy, icy, clumpy stuff of spring, that roostertail can catch an unsuspecting, following skier in the face like a shovelful of wet concrete. I’ve been so victimized, bloodied by a hailstorm of effluence from the guy arcing obliviously in front of me. Thought I’d lost a tooth. (I more cautiously smile while skiing in the spring as a result.)So, enjoy your skis as soon as you can, Jon; maybe practice going switch at high speed so you can watch what happens to your innocent victims as you carve through the snow.Scott MacCrackenAspen


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