Originally Posted by Tog
Pov videos are simply awful in communicating a slopes steepness.
I grew up skiing low angle twigs on the east coast. Thankfully I don't live there anymore. Maybe Matta should try Pocono thorn bush skiing between trails if he's into that kind of challenge. Also, while I'm no expert, I really enjoy the head game of dealing with exceptionally steep and gnarly terrain. It's why I love CB so much. The added challenge on my monoski is that there is only 1 direction I'm ever able to go, and that's downhill (i.e. no monkeying up/down like a snowboarder or sidestepping on skis). I believe it's made me a better skier but I'm still no expert. And yes, POV cameras are awful but that rear-facing POV shot in the second video looks similar to those POV shots of skydivers falling away from the airplane.
By the way, I was thinking of starting a different topic called "I knew I WASN'T an expert when......" but I didn't want to hijack this troll saturated forum. Here's an example of what I mean:
One of my friends is a (stealth) expert. He skis mostly on gear he finds in the Telluride Free Box and a miss-match of random clothes in various states of disintegration. A few years ago we were on the North Face in CB when we met up with a couple (husband and wife) that have lived in the valley for decades and spend 3-4 weeks a year skiing in Chamonix. I had only skied with them once or twice previously and so, being a non-expert, the couple provided some excellent advice in guiding me through a narrow slot leading around and below a 16-18 foot vertical rock face. My "expert" friend however cruised right up onto the top of the rock face. From below, this woman yells up something to the extent of, "Be careful! You're on top of a huge cliff! We're right below you! You'll need to head to the right!" With his iPod on, all my friend heard was random yammering so he goes, "hold on a sec, I'll be right there". He then dropped off the cliff, manages a turn on a ledge too narrow for both skis to fit, sticks a landing shoulder to shoulder alongside the couple and goes, "sorry, I couldn't hear you from up there with my music on. What were you saying?" Based on their reaction, I think their sense of being "experts" was instantly deflated (i.e. "I knew I wasn't an expert when"..... a guy on early 2000's Dynastar race skis dropped a cliff next to me like he was getting off the escalator at the mall.).