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Becoming a humble skier

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 

Are you one?  If so, did you start out that way, or did some experience shift your attitude?

What does "humble skier"' mean to you?

 

Or do you find the term demeaning?

 

 

post #2 of 29

Be humble and have sharp edges.

post #3 of 29
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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post

What does "humble skier"' mean to you?

 

 



Someone who thinks he's good but knows he sucks.

 

 

/humble

 

post #4 of 29
Someone who's good, but knows he or she has a long way to go.
post #5 of 29

I don't think you have to be good to be humble.  I'm pretty sure you can suck and be humble about it, too.

 

I don't really shoot for a given adjective; I just try to be respectful of others and focus my energy on learning as much as I can.

post #6 of 29

I don't think you have to be humble to be good.  You are allowed to be a good skier and have an ego as long as you respect mother nature.

post #7 of 29

Humble is understanding that no matter how good you are, there's always someone (maybe many) out there that's better than you. Humble is understanding that you can learn from anyone. Humble is respecting the mountain and environment. Humble is understanding that some days you'll just get spanked and you deal with it with a smile. Dancing with the mountain is humble. "Crushing" or "mastering" it is not. The best skiers I know are all very confident, yet all are humble. The more you know, the more you realize what you don't know. My favorite sports related quote of all time is:

 

"Win without boasting, lose without excuse." 

 

No idea who penned it, but it works.

post #8 of 29
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Originally Posted by DanBoisvert View Post

 I'm pretty sure you can suck and be humble about it, too.


 

That's just called 'sucking'.  Sucking and not being humble is 'being a jackass'.
 

 

post #9 of 29
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post

Humble is understanding that no matter how good you are, there's always someone (maybe many) out there that's better than you. Humble is understanding that you can learn from anyone. Humble is respecting the mountain and environment. Humble is understanding that some days you'll just get spanked and you deal with it with a smile. Dancing with the mountain is humble. "Crushing" or "mastering" it is not. The best skiers I know are all very confident, yet all are humble. The more you know, the more you realize what you don't know. My favorite sports related quote of all time is:

 

"Win without boasting, lose without excuse." 

 

No idea who penned it, but it works.


Just looked it up.  Win without boasting. Lose without excuse.˜  Albert Payson Terhune  But I can't find where he wrote it, so this common attribution may be wrong.

 

post #10 of 29

Not sure if I say I'm a humble skier, but I have a profound respect for the mountains. Over the years I've back off more big lines than I have skied. I believe there is a time and place for everything, and the mountain will determine that.

 

They say there are old backcountry skiers and bold backcountry skiers, but not old and bold backcountry skiers.

post #11 of 29

I think a humble skier also needs to realize that skiing isn't really important in the scheme of things, so even if you're good at it, you're good at something that doesn't count for much.

post #12 of 29

Just wanted to take this moment to say...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'M THE BEST SKIER ON THE MOUNTAIN!

post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post

Are you one?  If so, did you start out that way, or did some experience shift your attitude?

What does "humble skier"' mean to you?

 

Or do you find the term demeaning?

 

 


I can't believe your a pro. I RIP SO MUCH HARDER THAN YOU!!

 

post #14 of 29
The only thing a humble person should be doing on the hill is getting out of my way or I'll smack you with my poles.
post #15 of 29
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Originally Posted by Posaune View Post

I think a humble skier also needs to realize that skiing isn't really important in the scheme of things, so even if you're good at it, you're good at something that doesn't count for much.


Yep! That's the definition of humble. 

Know your place, that is. 
 

 

post #16 of 29

I'm ok with humble, although I would prefer "Radiant", or even "Some Pig"

 

/obscure?

post #17 of 29
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/obscure?


"How about "Pig Supreme?" "

 

"No Good, It sounds like a rich dessert."

 

post #18 of 29

Is that the goal?

post #19 of 29

Charlotte says, "Obscure? Are you effing kidding me?"

 

Love,

 

Wilbur

post #20 of 29

I used to think I was one of the best on the mountain, then I met the locals. I am better than 90% of the skiers on my mountain, but beating people who ski one day a year doesn't count for much. Skiing with people above my level humbled me, and motivated me.

post #21 of 29

 

  Being a   Humble Skier, is knowing there aren't enough years left to become really really good, to experience all there is in our winter sport and to know with 100% certainty that the end isn't too far off.   However, it is fun to read here on Epic questions and experiences from true beginners and I can humbly smile to myself, knowing what  ski experiences will unfold for them.

post #22 of 29


 

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I can't believe your a pro. I RIP SO MUCH HARDER THAN YOU!!

 

Shouldn't that be


I can't believe you're a monk. I'M SO MUCH HUMBLER THAN YOU!!

 

post #23 of 29

That's really good. Wait, can he say that? It's like the reverse snobbism of duct tape repairs on your stuff. I don't care about new stuff, but I care that my duct tape flag is flyin'.

 

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Originally Posted by mdf View Post


 

Shouldn't that be


I can't believe you're a monk. I'M SO MUCH HUMBLER THAN YOU!!

 



 

post #24 of 29

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Originally Posted by mdf View Post

Shouldn't that be


I can't believe you're a monk. I'M SO MUCH HUMBLER THAN YOU!!

 


My dad and his dad were once talking about humility. They agreed this is a good trait to have.

 

My dad: "I think I'm pretty humble compared to a lot of people I know."

Granddad: "That's great! You have a lot to be humble about."

Dad: "Thanks?" th_dunno-1[1].gif roflmao.gif

 

This has since become a running joke in my family. Always remember that you have a lot to be humble about. 

post #25 of 29

being a humble skier means not instantly jonging people like on TGR simply because they don't know as much. Facilitate rather than separate

post #26 of 29

A humble person wouldn't presume humility, grasshopper.

post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by mdf View Post


 

Shouldn't that be


I can't believe you're a monk. I'M SO MUCH HUMBLER THAN YOU!!

 



The call out does have many uses.

post #28 of 29


This is wrong. "Being Good..."  is not the thing, agreed, but being a part of a community, be it a skiing community or any other community is what "count(s)" for a lot. You can truly help people or just give them a smile from time to time. It's no more or less than any instance where people come together and support one another, and that can be very strong in a ski community. (I would not use a group of tourists or internet posters as an example however, because they have not become cohesive in any way)

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I think a humble skier also needs to realize that skiing isn't really important in the scheme of things, so even if you're good at it, you're good at something that doesn't count for much.



 

post #29 of 29

Being humble is knowing  no matter how far along the path you are there is much left to be learned and experienced

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