And all this time I thought you East Coasters were better w/ all your super technical ice terrain. Us westerners just have all this snow that makes skiing oh so easy! I feel like I'm as good as most skiers out there, a %10er maybe. But then again, I feel like I'm better than others because I got down something faster than them. That's what gets my rocks off. Technically, my wife is a better skier than me. She grew up going to Vail ski school and has pretty awesome form, but I can run laps around the girl, so, who's/what's better? I don't feel like I'm having fun if I'm not going mach 3, she has no interest in that. And she can whoop my ass in a mogul field because her 143's fit in moguls, and i grew up skiing with ALL snow boarders and have no idea what I'm doing in moguls, and my 181, 112 waist skis aren't quite suited for them.
Also, a knee strain from a 30ft cliff drop last year scared me from doing anything over 10-15ft. So am I no longer any better than someone who's hucking? I say yes, but only because that gets my rocks off. Tough, and slightly silly question. Although, when we see them, we do all know who those 1%ers are.
Edit: also, my bro-in-law is a "better" skier than me along with most of his buddies. He ribs me constantly because I am 4 inches shorter than him and ski on fat 181's, and he skis on 176's. He also grew up going to Vail ski school and is better than my wife and likes going fast. He was wiping the floor with me most of the day on his preferred terrain, moguls again, but then we went on the trail in my avatar, i stop halfway down, turn around, and they are just huffin and puffin a quarter of the way down the mountain. I made about 10 more turns to get the rest of the way down the mountain, then waited for a solid 2 minutes or more for him and his buddies. It was slightly chopped up powder and everyone we were with was struggling like all hell to get down. I was fine. Who's "better"?
Edited by guroo270 - 10/18/11 at 2:49pm