I know there are a variety of categorizations on skiing ability (e.g., 1-9 level), yet the levels are mostly used for the purpose of dividing students into groups for ski schools, and vary a lot from resort to resort.
I know there are official certification of instructor levels like PSIA 1-3, CSIA 1-4. However, as many would consider such credentials reflects certain level of skiing ability, yet acquiring the certification also requires significant amount of teaching skill and/or teaching hours.
I've been wondering, why no one in the ski industry has noticed the market opportunity of establishing a universal, objective, and official examination/certification of skiing ability/technique? There's a vast majority of skiers (snowboarders) who desire recognition of their skiing ability and would be very interested to climb the level ladder with authoritative certification. People would PAY for credentials, better yet, they would PAY MORE for instruction if they fail the exam or want to advance to the next.
Ability level certification exam is common in other areas, like playing Piano etc. For skiing, unless you enter a competition or acquire an instructor level certification, there's no official way to prove your skiing ability without being on snow. Isn't there a huge market opportunity hidden?
BTW, I know many of my friends who ski in Canada aspire to or have already acquired CSIA level certification. They do it mainly to get their ability certified yet they had no or little interest or time in becoming an instructor. Yet few of my friends want to get PSIA certification, you know why, simply because PSIA require certain amount of teaching, so why bother if they are really just interested in certification of ability not teaching.