Wow, thanks Pierre. Very informative. Anyways, I really don't care about skiing level status but more on the techniques. This is my 2nd season on skis and I love the sport (work my life around it actually). Last season, I got caught up in the skiing level status mostly for bragging rights (oh, I just started and now I am a level so and so). For those that based their levels on the trails they can run, heck, you can wedge your way down a diamond and call yourself an advanced skier. However, this year, I was truly humbled by a bunch of 8-10 year olders in a racing school (out of Bousquet MA). The techniques and grace that those kids showed going down their practice blues put me to shame. Since then, levels took on different, more artificial meanings. It is more on the techniques. If you pay attention, you really can differentiate between the advanced and expert skiers and the rest of us "pretenders". Their techniques are crisp, they can use different skiing styles, and a lot of times, they are the quiet ones who don't go around proclaiming to the world how great they are. Lesson learned here.
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1/9/05 at 8:57am