Here is another great video to illustrate my point - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KplcLAnan8w
While the terrain looks fabulous, the skiing (or snowboarding in this case) doesn't even resemble one. The guy's sidescraping/stepping the whole time, so that the slough is moving three times faster than him. In my humbled opinion if you can't link roundish turns consistently on a certain type of terrain (not necessarily at high speed) you are over your head and need to move onto easier stuff.
And to answer some of the questions about challenge - yes i do enjoy it and try to get myself into this situations as often as possible. But to me challenge means that i have to ski slower than normal and/or pay more attention to my technique. But I still must be able to ski - ie link turns that in challenging conditions become shorter, less round and rhythmical and more across the line.
But that's just me.
I found another video of the same guy - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uu4TGVhfTs I believe this would qualify as snowboarding and having challenge at the same time. He is not very comfortable but gets down just fine.
My question to the better skiers here is why there is this big of a difference in the styles of these two descents. The snow conditions and slope seem to be approximately the same but in the first video the rider looks WAY less comfortable. What's the reason?
PPS: And finally, THIS is GNAR Shredding - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTefAdNC1Wc Now tell me more than 0,01% of all skiers can do it!
Edited by apeyros - 11/27/12 at 1:41am