Originally Posted by craigr
IMO selling the p90's and going back to what you are used to is a backward step in your skiing development. The axiums are begiiner/low intermediate skis. It sounds like a skill/technique issue to me.
Black diamond runs are not the exclusive realm of advanced skiiers. Intermediate skiiers should be comfortable on black diamond runs.
You mention being light on for cash and instruction is expensive but its the best option if you wish to develop you skiing? Those axiums are beginner/ low intermediate skis.
Agree with most of that post.
Don't really agree that intermediates should be "comfortable on" black diamond runs. They may be "comfortable" telling a shop guy that's where they're "comfortable," but that's a whole different story from actually being comfortable.
It would really depend on what mountain we're talking about. Some places the Black Diamond runs are quite easy for upper-intermediate skiers, but other places they are well over the skillset of an intermediate level skier.
The run you put yourself on is not really a measure of your skiing ability. The only measure of your skiing ability is your actual skiing! A very daring skier could put him/herself on runs well over his/her ability, and while that would speak to the skier's daring, it wouldn't speak to the skier's actual skiing abilities.
In order to optimally match a skier to a set of boots or skis, the skier's actual skiing ability would have to be honestly appraised. This is hard to do when ski shops aren't in the middle of the mountain and shop employees can't actually gauge your skiing. Best to know how the skier makes a turn, and where that turn falls apart on the run difficulty scale. An intermediate skier who survives
a Black Diamond run isn't really "comfortable" on that run from the viewpoint of an instructor who would be measuring that skier's ability for the purpose of helping the skier improve.
Sometimes a skier can be on skis that make improvement tougher. Forgiveness is a good feature for skiers whose technique contains a lot of inefficient and/or counter-productive moves.