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post #61 of 333

Perfectly stated.

post #62 of 333
Originally Posted by Cody Feuz View Post

Is there a sliding scale for age? smile.gif  At 50+, I am still hitting lines like the Spacewalk couloir in JH's Rock Springs bowl.  I have been accused of being "sick" many times by those that know me.  But no matter how good I think I am, or my friends tell me I am, there are always plenty of others that I see who are way better.  To me, one of the coolest things about skiing is that there are so many different facets that you can focus on and work on improving.  In my younger days it was getting big air, and racing.  Right now it is exploring the backcountry and finding challenging lines and terrain.  Maybe my next phase will be working on the perfect carving turns on some high-speed corduroy.  I think what counts is that we are always trying to get better and improve in one of the many factes of skiing.  If we are doing that, then we are "pretty good".

This is what I was attempting to do with the above "Perfectly stated" comment. I'll try to do better next time.

post #63 of 333
Originally Posted by mfa81 View Post

I think I start having fun when I go to bed thinking what time I will wake up Tomorrow, put the skis on the car and ride to the mountain! Or maybe I just don't stop having fun the whole winter! Wait a minute, I spent the entire year at the EpicSki, so maybe I never stop having fun when I`m talking about ski! roflmao.gif

Yup, You're hooked, have fun

post #64 of 333

I'm good enough to ski any run without worrying about falling, and if there's a pint of beer on the line, I'll probably be able to beat most folks to the bottom of it.  I'm pretty good at carving, but I SUCK at mogul skiing. 


I usually ski slightly in the back seat, and almost always have my edges locked in; Old habits die hard; releasing the tails and pivoting the skis to make tight turns in a 1-foot dumping of wet snow to make tight turns in trees is currently my achilles heel (even worse than moguls); I used to be able to ski deep snow and have my skis go exactly where I wanted them to without thinking about it, but I would require a day or two to get re-aquaited with it after a couple of decades stuck on the hard packed stuff they call snow in the east.


Agree with comment above, the better I get the worse I know that I am.

post #65 of 333
Thread Starter 

Every time I think that I have reached ultimate skill podium, Murphy sticks his foot (aka ski pole) out to remind me that there is another painful skill to be learned.  I hate Murphy and his painful reminders because he always seems to find more lessons.eek.gif

post #66 of 333

I think... I'm ok. My first time was with 43yo.

I've had firsts lessons at Bariloche, 2 years in a row. They commonly say that who learnt to ski there, are able to ski everywhere.

Bariloche has a bit confuse mix of  level's slopes. You start at a green piste and cross a red/black one with no ad. Plus, so many narrow ways and worse,  bad groomed terrain and... crowd.      

But I think, that's it that make the learnt experience so rich. You realize you must to be prepared for anything!!!

And, now, 9 years later and after  I have skied at many places, I would say:  they are right!!!


But after read this:

"...When I can do smooth linked turns backwards on one foot in ice bumps, then I'll consider myself to be good. Until then, I'm ok at best...."




post #67 of 333
Originally Posted by prickly View Post

I'm so much better than I was when I thought I was good.

hope this sums up everyone.

post #68 of 333
Far better than I ever thought I was going to be, so I'm happy with that, still pushing to get better though.
post #69 of 333
Still trying to get the hang of this wedeln thing.......rolleyes.gif
post #70 of 333

Hoping to be better than last year. smile.gif

post #71 of 333

The people I ski with tend to make me seem better than I am.  Gimme a beer at the end of a day on the mountain and I win.

post #72 of 333
Originally Posted by veteran View Post

Ski at Northstar and you'll look absolutely fabulouspopcorn.gif


This is true.  Even more so at Heavenly.

post #73 of 333

I'm good enough to have an absolute BLAST! That's really all that matters I suppose. Strap it on, crank the tunes, and SHRALP. 

post #74 of 333

I'm feeling pretty good about my skiing since I figured out the difference between pizza and french fries.

post #75 of 333

All I really need to be a better skier is to buy new skis.   And to have perfect conditions.  

post #76 of 333
Originally Posted by ScotsSkier View Post

Still trying to get the hang of this wedeln thing.......rolleyes.gif


post #77 of 333
Thread Starter 
Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post


Nicely done! icon14.gif

post #78 of 333

The way I think of it is just like a video game-specifically sports games.


When you pick your player in a video game, they all have different attributes, and skill ratings for each attribute.

So maybe you are 10/10 in one area, but 4/10 in another.


How you want to evaluate the whole is up to you.

Maybe you want to average the numbers, maybe you just want to tally a total of all your skill points, maybe by strongest ability, maybe you want to go by you are only as good as your weakest ability (weakest link). 

Depends on the specific competition.  The olympic gold medal decathalon winner has the best combination of 10skills, but is worse compared to specialists for each individual skill.

post #79 of 333

I'm good enough that my kids still think I'm a hero on skis. And I'm fine with that, even though I know otherwise LOL.



I realized long ago that I am the absolute BEST skier out there, better than everyone else and nobody can come close to my abilities................when I'm the ONLY one out there rolleyes.gif

post #80 of 333

As someone said earlier, I'm a WAY better skier than golfer! Mind you, this was just my second season of golf (now there's a truly stupid sport, although I admit to the addictive element in it!), whereas I've been skiing for close to 60 years (on and off, more on than off in the past decade). And despite my advanced age, I like to think (sure hope so anyway) that I continue to improve. And will continue to do so for many years to come!

post #81 of 333
Originally Posted by SkiBam View Post

As someone said earlier, I'm a WAY better skier than golfer! Mind you, this was just my second season of golf (now there's a truly stupid sport, although I admit to the addictive element in it!), whereas I've been skiing for close to 60 years (on and off, more on than off in the past decade). And despite my advanced age, I like to think (sure hope so anyway) that I continue to improve. And will continue to do so for many years to come!


The previous comment as well as yours makes me think of this Robin Williams take on Golf 

*Adult language*

post #82 of 333

I can now confidently dominate the easy blues under ideal, groomed, packed powder conditions so things are improving.

Still building up the nerve to tackle any kind of powder, bumps, woods or steeps.....gotta work on that.

post #83 of 333

High level of skill.

The skier remains in control of his/her speed and direction at all times
To onlookers, the movements look effortless, graceful
The skier can handle a hidden patch of ice and not fall
The skier rarely falls, unless he or she is really pushing it.
The skier can carve nice arcs of varying radii
The skier can absorb bumps, ski moguls while maintaining the rythm, without being unsettled
The skier knows his/her limits; there is a fine line between pushing the envelope and being reckless
The skier slows down around other people in green runs, so as not to scare beginners.
The skier can continue skiing without missing a beat after losing a ski.
The skier can ski down an entire run on one ski, or backwards without too much trouble.
The skier rides the ski, not the other way around
The skier can be aggressive and dynamic on his/her skis
The skier constantly scans his surroundings (other people, snow conditions, trees, bumps, etc.)
The skier is challenging him/herself in order to keep on improving
The skier stays fit in order to reduce the risk of injury, and to be able to tackle challenging situations
The skier checks the weather before heading for the hill and dresses appropriately
The skier uses the appropriate pair of skis for the current temperature and snow conditions

That's what I would classify as a highly skilled skier.  I think I'm pretty good, but other skiers I ski with are better and they make it look so seamless, effortless, it's beautiful.

That being said, a long time ago, I noticed that skill level does not necessarily correlate to enjoyment.  Beginners are often having a blast despite falling repeatedly and having snow enter every possible orifice of their body in the process.  Them discovering the sheer joy of this new outdoors activity, seeing them smile and laugh with their friends, I find very refreshing. And seeing a dad or mother's pride as they encourage their child on the bunny hill is a beautiful thing to witness.


post #84 of 333

I suck but I suck at a very high level but I almost always smile. I ski most inbounds terrain. Ice causes me to reconsider more than steeps.Controlling my descent is seldom a problem but I still encounter unwanted speed on occasion. I like ricocheting off the trees and would love to flail around in powder more often. I'm older so there will be things I'll never do but I can always find room to improve. I have zero backcountry experience so I don't know how my skill set would fare there. I will not ski in places that if I make a mistake I pay with my life in fact, as I get older steep matters less. Really though with most of my skiing happening here in PA I'm unlikely to encounter anything truly difficult let alone life threatening. 


I gauge myself by the spent feeling I have at the end of the day and the knowledge that I left it all on the slopes. It just  seems to take a lot less time to get there these days. wink.gif

post #85 of 333

Memory sport,another skill?

Used to be...it took 3 weeks to "get my legs"... all day to get tired,now...longer. They still get there. 

(training observation)... one of the Astronauts (sorta) said..."Your mind gets it quick... but your body takes TIME"

OK... muscle memory is crucial and every skill is learned over time.

What explains the visibility factor...Same run,Same conditions with Good Viz = an ok run.  

  When the visibilty is diminished,unless the run is MEMORIZED= Whole Lotta Work...? 

 Is it a mind.."Over and Over Again", matter? ...Kneal Jung was right. 




post #86 of 333

i go real fast in powder through woods

post #87 of 333

Fully aware that there are skiers better than me in certain disciplines. I only need to que up a particular Warren Miller movie or view the winter olympics for confirmation.

But that is precisely the point.

I believe that we gravitate to activities that we find ourselves good and improving at. I have been skiing every year since 1968. Maybe unconsciously in the early years, but I have worked on different elements of my skiing over the years.

I know the thread topic is "How good are you?". I am extremely pleased with my skiing ability and while I have not been to every major mountain in the US, I am confident that I can get safely down any named trail. (edit, notice I did not say always gracefully)

post #88 of 333

It is always tough to answer the question, How good are you?  Especially if you are trying to be honest.  But I will give it a shot.  I am good enough to be able ski just about any terrain as long as I can keep the skis on the snow, no cliff jumping for this old fart.  I can easily transition to different kinds of snow such as groomers to cut up crud and back again.  I strive to be smooth in all conditions but don't always succeed.  I know that I am good, but I also know that there are many who are better, including many who are my age (58 next month) or older.


When skiing with my ski club out west, I am often told that I am the best skier on the trip which always makes me feel unneasy as I am always striving to get better and don't think I am better than anyone else.   But probably my favorite compliment was when a club member told me that he loves to ski behind me to watch how I do it.  He told me he is amazed that I look no different skiing groomers, powder, crud, hardpack whatever, my style remains the same.  I think that is what you are referring to.  The ability to be able to look competent and smooth no matter the conditions or snow quality.  That is what I have been striving to accomplish for over 40 years now.  According to some, I have arrived.  But to me I keep trying to learn more to get even better. 


I truly belive that as soon as you stop trying to get better, you will start regressing to a previous lower level.


Ski on!


Rick G

Edited by rickg - 10/6/12 at 7:45am
post #89 of 333
"If I can get a bunch more cycles of saying "me from two years ago couldn't keep up with me today...", I'll be happy."

I couldn't agree more. I'm at a point in my life where I don't know how long I'll be able to continue improving. It's a race between my aging body and my "wanna be a ripper" inner self.
post #90 of 333

I'm good enough to get myself into and out of trouble, usually unscathed!

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