I'm sitting in the snow at the top of the half-pipe at Eldora, watching Chris Pappas ride down. The eighteen-year-old boys around me stop doing whatever they're doing and stare down into the pipe. They all know who Chris is, and it's commonly accepted that on some level, he has superhuman powers. It is a well-known fact, for instance, that he can take any group of snowboarders, of any level, and push them far beyond where they, or anyone else, expects them to be. (I've taken several lessons with Chris myself, and if he hasn't made me actually rip, I at least feel like one who might have ripped -- which, at my... More >>>