Originally Posted by SpringsRegular
So as I sit at work trying to last till the end of the day, I thought about this question:
How would you rank your ability against all other amateur skiers in the world? Top 10%, top 20%?
Not even sure I care but was thinking about it so I thought I would ask.
I am in the 100 percentile when I take laps on the bunny hill. I do it on those days when I just have to be the best
It depends on where I go ski. On the competition so to speak. Some mountains or hills I'm sure I rate extremely high - well into the nineties if you just count downhill skiing, and throw air/parks out of the equation since I don't do either, at other places I am skiing among the countries giants and in those cases, maybe below 50% even on some Trams at JH (though if that happened often enough I'd get severly pissed and get new equipment, lessons, new knees, ligaments, back, whatever it would take to get me back up over that 50% mark... or I'd start to compare myself only to other midwesterners on vacation, which would shoot me way back up again!
On any given Tram at JH there are some awfully good skiers - especially during non peak periods. On the backside of Crested Butte, awesome skiers are everywhere if you throw out the groups from Club Med, which boosts everyone's score by 10% or so. Snowbird, Telluride, Taos, Bridger, Big Sky on Challenger, etc, etc. Depends on where you ski. Summit County, Vail, Aspen, Heavenly, Snowmass, its easy to feel like a good skier because a lot of infrequent and new to the sport skiers inhabit these areas.
I say, if you think your above the 90 percentile, and you have a competitive spirit, its time to find an area, or go to a different lift within an area to ski with skiers that are going to challenge you to be better.