OK, OK, OK.
Please, no "real skier," "expert skier," "soul skier" debate.
I should have eliminated any reference to "real skier" in the OP.
BlueSquare seems to be saying that skiing bumps is wildly different from skiing groomers, and the claim that anyone who can ski is able to ski bumps is "ridiculous."
I say that many people who think they can ski find bumps to be an awful lot of work because of fundamental weaknesses that actually do show up on groomers, and that a skier with a solid fundamental skill set on the groom can adapt that skill set to the bumps by altering the blend, the timing, etc. It might require some time and coaching, especially since skill useage sometimes regresses when moving to new terrain, but once the skills are successfully applied in the new terrain, the skier will be able to ski bumps well, if slowly. (Speed is not necessarily a requirement here. Speed control via turn shape and line selection is.)
DSloan said it:
Isn't the argument more along the lines of one who lacks the ability to ski bumps is lacking in basic skiing fundamentals and, therefore, cannot ski?
Now, it could be argued that someone who lacks the ability or skills or fundamentals to ski bumps can still ski, in that they can cruise down a groomer and have a good time doing it, even if some of what they're doing is not particularly effective. By this argument, there are many who can ski who cannot ski bumps.
So, is BlueSquare correct? Is the argument that anyone who can ski can ski bumps "ridiculous?" Is it "ridiculous" to claim that the same fundamental skill set is used for both groomers and bumps? Is it "ridiculous" to claim that skill deficiencies that prevent a skier from skiing bumps are present in that skier's groomed skiing?
Have at it.
And now, for those who really want the essence of the Real Skier vs. Expert Skier debate:
Real Skier™ vs. Expert Skier
Expert Skier: Drives to the local resort in the Beemer with the skis on the rack upside down, tips back.
Real Skier: Hasn't dug his/her 1976 Ford F150 Pickup out since the last time he got an impound warning for impeding snow removal, walks to the lift, never shows his pass.
Expert Skier: Got a great deal on the latest in ski gear at Sniagrab (a popular ski sale in Denver).
Real Skier: Picked up a used set at a garage sale and found his bindings in the dumpster outside his apartment.
Expert Skier: Goes out to a fine restaurant for dinner apres ski.
Real Skier: Is his waiter.
Expert Skier: His favorite run has a name like Jaws of Death, Outer Limits, White Heat, or some such.
Real Skier: His favorite run has no name.
Expert Skier: Counts the number of days he skied last season.
Real Skier: Counts the number of days he missed all year.
Expert Skier: Wishes the ski season was longer.
Real Skier: Didn't realize skiing was restricted to a particular season, only that sometimes the lifts run and sometimes they don't.
Expert Skier: Calls the avalanche report before hitting the resort.
Real Skier: Calls in his observations to the Avalanche Forecast Center when he gets back from his tour.
Expert Skier: Tells everyone that they should ski his favorite resort.
Real Skier: Tells everyone that they should ski somewhere else.
Expert Skier: Thinks the new lift is great.
Real Skier: Spent all last night loosening the bolts on pole 12 of the new lift.
Expert Skier: Feels confident adjusting his binding.
Real Skier: Feels comfortable mounting his bindings.
Expert Skier: Thinks the female lift attendant is cute.
Real Skier: Blushes when she tells him how much she enjoyed last night.
Expert Skier: Subscribes to Powder Magazine to find out the hot places to ski.
Real Skier: Skims through the ski rags while he's at the 7-11 buying beer to see how many of his favorite places they've ruined.
Expert Skier: Thinks Vail is the resort of all resorts.
Real Skier: Tells everyone that Vail is the resort of all resorts.
Expert Skier: Buys all his buddies beers at the lodge.
Real Skier: Gets all his beer free cuz he lives with the guy tending bar.
Expert Skier: Gets real pissed off when someone skis over the tops of his skis.
Real Skier: Paints his skis flat black so no one will steal them, worries about the bottoms of his skis... not the tops.
Expert Skier: Calls the resort snow report before heading up.
Real Skier: Carries a hand held scanner so he knows when the patrol is going to open the bowls.
Expert Skier: Thinks off-piste is when you step into the trees to relieve yourself.
Real Skier: Skis home to pee.
Expert Skier: Thinks the backcountry is a bar.
Real Skier: Chuckles when some touron asks him where he can find the Backcountry.
Expert Skier: Thinks climbing skins are made of brightly colored Lycra™.
Real Skier: Knows how to reglue them.
Expert Skier: Thinks snowboarders are pretty damn funny.
Real Skier: Thinks snowboarders are pretty damn funny.
Expert Skier: Has a fancy ski rack on his car.
Real Skier: Has a fancy ski rack by the front door.
Expert Skier: Sharpens his edges once a week.
Real Skier: Sharpens his edges when he flies home to visit his parents for Christmas in Vermont.
Expert Skier: Knows all about snow making....
Real Skier: Worked on the snowmaking crew for three years.
Expert Skier: Calls a 1-900 number to get the latest weather report.
Real Skier: Steps outside and looks up...
Expert Skier: Has a Grateful Dead sticker on his BMW.
Real Skier: Lives with four dead-heads in a one bedroom apartment.
Expert Skier: Has a gagloop of ski passes hanging all over his jacket from places like Breckenridge and Vail and Aspen.
Real Skier: Forgot his season pass at home... but it doesn't really matter.
Expert skier: Narrowly avoided injury in his last fall cuz his skis came off.
Real skier: Narrowly avoided injury in his last fall cuz his skis stayed on.
Expert Skier: Wears GoreTex(tm).
Real Skier: Wears duct tape.
Expert Skier: Thinks high speed quads are a type of ski lift.
Real Skier: Thinks high speed quads are the leg muscles of the guy breaking trail.
Expert Skier: Gets all excited cuz it snowed 12 inches, gets up early so he can beat the crowds.
Real Skier: Sleeps in ‘til noon since it only snowed a foot overnight.
Expert Skier: Goes on ski vacation, flies out, rents a fancy Ford Explorer that he parks outside the three bedroom condo he rents.
Real Skier: Comes home from skiing to find some dumbs**t tourist has parked a Ford Explorer with a Budget Rent-a-Car sticker in his spot again, pulls the valve stem cores from three tires, and tapes them to the windshield with a nasty note.