A bit of history
For those of you who would like to know a bit of history. PSIA use to have a test called the STAR test. STAR stood for STAndard Rating test. It was a skiing test given to the general public by trained PSIA test givers. The tests were roughly equivalent to the skiing portion of the PSIA level 1,2 & 3 exams. If a skier passed they were awarded a bronze, silver or gold pin upon passing each test. The gold pin started out as roughly equivalent to the minimum entry into the now level 9 in terms of PSIA.
The tests became hugely popular with the general public and as a result, became competitive. Bragging rights rose and skiers would shop around for a more lienient examiner and sharply criticize those who would flunk them. The tests became unpopular with ski school directors who would get complaints and lose business and examiners who were routinely criticized and pressured to water down the tests. As a result, the competitive nature of the skiing zealots killed the goose that laid the golden pin. Evidence of that competitive spirit is still very evident in this thread.
The only way you will truely know if you are at the PSIA definition of level 9 is to take a lesson from a PSIA examiner and ask them for an HONEST assesment. Even then, only if you appear really humble and genuinely interested and offer a tip before the results are you likely to be told the truth. Its still a slippery slope for an examiner to deflate your ego.
The unwritten entry into the level 9 slot is hidden in the PSIA standards. In order to be considered able to teach a level 9 skier you must pass the PSIA level 3 cert exam. Since it is written that you should be able to ski as well as your students one could deduce that the minimum entry to level 9 could be the ability to pass the skiing portion of a level 3 PSIA certification exam. Since none of that really exisits in writting, it could be deduced that what I have said is Lucky Pierre's dillusional opinion just as well.