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How to rate you skier ability.

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The college that i will be attending next year is offering me free gear based on my level of skiing. It goes by off piste and I am really not sure how to judge my own level. I have never had any problem skiing any type of conditions in Colorado and Wyoming but i have only skied in Utah (the place i will be going to school at) and never got to ski any back country. I don't want to over rate myself but i would like to find an accurate way to judge my ability. Anyone have any ideas?

 

Thanks.

Matt

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post #3 of 13
Thats a good thread...should be a sticky lol:rolleyes
post #4 of 13

The only skill level anyone should rate themselves is; "Better than you".

post #5 of 13

Tell them that you are the best skier on the mountainbiggrin.gif.

 

Matt- they are offering you free gear based on a self-assessed level of skiing?  Wow, what a deal, where is this place anyway... Just tell them what they need to hear to get the gear that you want, right?     I doubt that skiing in Utah will be too much different from WY or CO in terms of general skills and abilities. 

 
 

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Originally Posted by foreverski24 View Post

The college that i will be attending next year is offering me free gear based on my level of skiing. It goes by off piste and I am really not sure how to judge my own level. I have never had any problem skiing any type of conditions in Colorado and Wyoming but i have only skied in Utah (the place i will be going to school at) and never got to ski any back country. I don't want to over rate myself but i would like to find an accurate way to judge my ability. Anyone have any ideas?

 

Thanks.

Matt



 

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It is an interesting dilemma.  When the Epicski Academy was operating, students received a questionnaire that attempted to screen their ability, but final assessments were always made on-slope.  A skier can be technically proficient and still have areas where improvements are needed, and for that matter, most professional skiers I have known, consider themselves learners most of their careers.  Your reply could cover your personal assessment of your technical accomplishments, terrain and conditions, and even cover areas like cornice, chutes and cliff-drops, inverted maneuvers and areas that you still feel you will grow in.  If you have a race background, park and pipe or other skills you should mention them.  An honest reply of the kind of skiing you do, speed, turns and maneuvers, can help someone identify appropriate equipment that will serve your needs.   Discussing your comfort level with varying conditions on specific terrain (they will recognize names off-piste areas of Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, Solitude, Snow Basin, etc.

 

What equipment parameters would you want?  That probably says more than a self assessment.

post #7 of 13

If you tell them you only ski groomers they will give you short skis that carve well on the groomers but probably suck in over the knee deep powder.  If you tell them you like skiing backcountry they will give you wider longer skis that do better in deep powder.  Where is it you want to ski anyway?  wink.gif

 

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Originally Posted by foreverski24 View Post

The college that i will be attending next year is offering me free gear based on my level of skiing. It goes by off piste and I am really not sure how to judge my own level. I have never had any problem skiing any type of conditions in Colorado and Wyoming but i have only skied in Utah (the place i will be going to school at) and never got to ski any back country. I don't want to over rate myself but i would like to find an accurate way to judge my ability. Anyone have any ideas?

 

Thanks.

Matt

What exactly are your choices in rating ability/description, or is it an essay question?

If you are able to ski any tip of condition in Colorado and Wyoming, or just about anywhere else, then I would hazard a guess and say that you should say expert, because you should be able to enjoy the "expert" equipment even if you are not quite there, but if you say anything less you will get a weak-adz piece of kit that will hinder your ability to perform well.
 

 

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 If you tell them you like skiing backcountry they will give you wider longer skis that do better in deep powder. 

If you tell them you like skiing backcountry, you may end up with backcountry, rondnee or nordic skis, probably not what you want for lift served skiing.

 

If you don't already own some powder skis, tell them you are a bad ass powder skier.  It is Utah after all.

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JF
 

 

 

post #10 of 13
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im tempted to just put   i ski pow. nothing more nothing less and see what i get out of it!

post #11 of 13
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i mainly ski all off piste or full out backcountry. rarely do i ski any groomers. 4 times i think i skied on them last season.

post #12 of 13

I think you can take your cue from this: 

 

 

(hint: answer at about 1:50 ) biggrin.gif

post #13 of 13

so much better than you are....biggrin.gif

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