Originally Posted by sibhusky
I have NO idea what your... rant?... is about. My question was in regard to the statement there is no such thing as an "advanced intermediate". Nothing more. To me, skiers who position themselves as level 7 or 8
are advanced intermediates. They may look like experts to some people (and some of them may think they are experts), but they are not.
The guy says he is an advanced intermediate who skis with his kids, but wants to move up.
I truly have NO idea why you would quote my post in reference to whatever the heck your point was. No one is talking about leaving kids at home here. We're trying to find a guy a ski.
I was noodling a bunch of thoughts that this thread for some reason provoked and cooking dinner at the same time...kids got hungry while I was noodling and I hit "Submit" as a "save" feature. Something I generally try not to do, apologies for that.
For the OP, that nagging thought is that family skiing, at least with younger kids, is mostly a finesse game ( and maybe skiing on warfarin, too ) and it bugs me that weight alone changes that in ski selection. Part of that thought is that parents who deliberately ski with their kids are acting as instructors, intentionally or not, and what I was responding to in a not obvious way is that parents maybe should choose an "instructor ski" in order to bring their kids along to the terrain they really want to ski.
But in the case of the parent who isn't an instructor by trade, that approach is more emotionally based than pure technique based, and in a different forum maybe I'll raise the question on the IQ of skiing vs. the EQ (intelligence vs. emotional intelligence). In my experience, they are different things and the skis are more than wallpaper there, because there is some effect to what the parent is visually modeling and that probably means more than edge hold.
I'm not saying and am not qualified to say that weight doesn't turn a ski with a charging soul into one with a finesse soul, but I wonder if that is truly a gap or just a tendency to lead recommendations by weight? The whole thing infers a lot more than was asked, although I'll get off my sword and say that's the sort of thought provocation I personally like to hear.