Originally Posted by markojp
Respectfully, If it isn't as clean as you'd like, you aren't a level 9 skier. Hoji is. Ted L is. You're not. Neither are most all who post here or any other ski Internet forum. You may well be athletically gifted, and more power to you if you are, but at this point, you don't know what you don't know. In 5 years time you'll laugh in embarrassment at how good you thought you were.
Neither Hoji nor Ted is a level 9 skier. The levels don't apply to real pros. Those guys are off the charts. They go to 11. The 1-9 system is only for ski school dividing up lesson groups, it has no real relevance in actual skiing. My school has moved away from numbers and is now using colors, kind of like homeland security. We are dividing groups based on the type of terrain they like to ski and their expected goals for the lesson. Of course we do ask them some pointed questions in the pre-ski interview. I can generally smell bullshit when it's being dished out and the pre-splits tend to be very accurate.
Speaking of smelling bullshit.... It's getting a bit strong in here skisafe. When you do the ITC next season keep your mouth shut, smile, and be humble. We have seen it all before and you are very unlikely to impress anyone here. Our new hires tend to be very solid. We hired a few this year that really stand out, but it took a while to for me to see it.
There are a pair of twins from Suicide Six. I first met them in a L1 prep clinic that I joined so I could get some feedback on my low level demos. I thought they were pretty strong skiers and really nice guys. Then I saw them free skiing under the Casper lift about a week later. Both those guys just RIP. They were quietly dumbing it down for the clinic, I never picked up on it. They teach at the kids ranch, help with the race crew, have been drafted into being TVST coaches, and were the staff trainers in the slalom race training I did last week. I have never seen anyone be placed in the role of a trainer here in their first year. Those guys did a great job and kept it fun. I have never heard either of those guys say anything negative about another skier, nor have I ever heard them brag about themselves. I really only see them smiling and pumped to be in the locker room everyday. Those guys are great skiers, but what makes them truly great is their attitude.
The other two that stand out to me... Both were told after the first day of ITC that they just didn't have the skiing chops to get hired. They stuck it out through the rest of the ITC and neither of them were offered jobs. One called back right at the start of Christmas rush and was snapped up immediately for 3-5yo. The other showed up in my L8 group lesson in February and did very well with my tactical coaching and IMO skied pretty OK in steepish mixed off-piste terrain. He had been skiing a lot and working on what he learned in ITC. I urged him to call back and he got picked up right before Presidents day working with 3-5yo. Both of them really like and appreciate the work and both of them have been showing up at on snow trainings and working at getting better. Both of these guys are in their 30s? and both had previous professional teaching experience. I was in a chalk talk about kids with one of them and was very impressed with some of his insights into how 3-5yo kids think and how to get them to ski.
I hope to see you next year in a MSS uniform if that's what you want. It would probably be the fastest way for you to become as good as you hope to be through the technical training you would have free access to. There are a pretty fun group of 20 somethings in the KR. You could compare fat skis, talk about the park, and do Granite laps together on your time off.