Chanwmr - Skier Level and comments on "faked picture".
If I under stand the levels correctly - I ski parallel, can do salom and gs courses pretty well, do some bumps. I think that would put me hovering around 7 and 8. I'm going to my 2nd all mountain camp in Jan at A-basin that I hope will put me more solidly in the 8 level. I'm at 76 days now and March 2005 will be my 2 year aniversary.
I am a ski technique junky and like to emulate the different styles of skiers I ski with. So as I've skied on trips with friends that have skied for decades I try out what I see them doing for kicks. So I've played around with feet locked dipping shoulders to get my edging as a for instance as well as up/unweighting pivots. Neither are my own preference, but it's just fun to try it all out.
Recently I've been doing a lot of work on Harb Carvers and these don't allow as much variance of technique as they are like a locked in carving ski even at transition.
But, you're right, I could certainly "fake" a picture like that, but that was real. It was the Quicksilver run at Breckenridge after my lesson. I'll have to check the time stamp on the original jpeg. It's either the afternoon of the lesson day, or the next morning. I think it's the next morning so that would put it on my 3rd day of skiing. (a year and 1/2 later I taught my own brother in law and had him parallel on blues on his first day - needless to say, I didn't teach him what I was taught)
Here is another one. This was later that same day when my son and "friend" thought I was ready for a blue.http://www.fototime.com/AF43C215D4385BA/standard.jpg
I wasn't ready so I deadheaded down the lift thanks to my little visit to the ski patrol hut that was about 50 feet away. They said they'd rather send me down that way then having to cart me off the slopes injured.
Here I am August 2003 my 20th day with my son (the one that got me into this sport) at Mt Hood. (like that "race" outfit I was wearing?)http://www.fototime.com/A719FD7BAB59A30/standard.jpg
Here is Mt Hood Sept 2003 when it for the first time failed to open after lift maintenance. I had been skiing at least once a month since I started. But missed September (but not for lack of trying).http://www.fototime.com/09364AF145780B1/standard.jpg
(just for reference for those not familar with the lane divided Palmer Snow Field on Mt Hood, here is a similar shot taken in August 2003)http://www.fototime.com/2EB2ED48FC3799E/standard.jpg
Here I am 9 months later at Beaver Creek getting my first taste of Powder:http://www.fototime.com/7C933367D58D733/standard.jpg
Here I am Spring 2004 skiing with a client/friend (he is taking the picture) at Mammoth.http://www.fototime.com/5D62E6A6961F693/standard.jpg
Here is a shot on the way down from the prior shot in the cornice bowl at mammoth:
looking to my right from where I stopped:http://www.fototime.com/2BE93312CC60DDE/standard.jpg
and just because it's such a nice shot - here it is full size - it's a great shot of the gondola at mammoth. (warning - larger)http://www.fototime.com/2BE93312CC60DDE/orig.jpg
looking to my left from where I stopped:http://www.fototime.com/38C7A0D9CCDEF54/standard.jpg
Slightly more than 1 in 4 of my ski days have been private lessons or lessons in a camp setting. I'm at 76 days now. No pic was faked.