I missed this party early on and have not read every post on the minutia of the intermediate plateau.
Originally Posted by KingGrump
That sounds like something similar Lito Tejada-Flores said in one of his videos. Loosely quoted "Expert skiing is not an extension of intermediate skiing, It's something else".
I think Rich666 mentioned something very similar in post #35.
I see the term, 'advanced intermediate skiers' as a euphemism.
Sure you have the skills to slide around in reasonable fashion on groomed slopes, even steep ones.
But on the REALLY steep runs do you traverse until fear is overcome with confidence to turn those bad boys around to go the other direction?
Doing so, do you muster monstrous body tension to force them from your shoulders down?
This is not (for me) true skiing, it is managing your balance over two boards as you head generally downhill. Skiing consists of effective movements to end one direction and go the other way. Linking these movements together to turn turn turn over and over again in all terrain with confidence from skills gained is the idea.
I know and see many a slider, demonstrating phenomenal strength, agility, and endurance but lacking real movements to ski, yet most folk regard them as experts because they get down the hill (usually very fast) without falling.