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post #31 of 39
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.
post #32 of 39
AMEN xdog1!!!!

to adapt an expression "all show, no flow" (heh)
post #33 of 39
Originally Posted by xdog1
Jeezus folks, stop obsessing. It's a basic guideline for chrissake.

There's 15+ feet of snow in Tahoe, go read the discount airfare thread, learn how to find a cheap fare, and get your a$$ out there and SHOW us what level you are instead of talking it to death. :
hee hee ...nice xdog1
post #34 of 39
Originally Posted by ssh
C'mon, Mark, we both know better than that. It's like an old Monty Python skit. It starts at 10 (on a scale of 1-10) and goes up from there! :
The Aussie Philosopher's skit - "Rule Number Two - NO Pooftahs!"

Personally, I crack up at The Cheese Shop skit (Michael Palin & John Cleese)
post #35 of 39
For those still interested in the levels, I've been thinking about the level 8 category for a little while. I think I'm just barely there now, but there are so many so much better skiers than I that would not be considered level 9 (all condition skiers)

I think of it like a grade. An 80 is a lot lower grade than an 89 right? A level 7 skier is like a C student, a level 8 like a B. I'm still a B-, my fiance is a B+.
post #36 of 39
jonnythan is reading the scale with an eye for the biggest possible number he can claim.

kiersten is reading the scale with the understanding eye of someone who knows skiing.

jonnythan, if you're a Level 8 after 2 years, I'll kill myself.
post #37 of 39
Originally Posted by Ghost
The level system makes it a little easier to tell the ski school what group to put you in for a lesson. If your carving turns on black diamonds, you don't want to learn how to do stem-christies.
well actually..... i find going back & being made to ski things like stem christies is very good for my skiing....

My instructor always insisted that I do these as he would expect if he was training instructors for exams.... it is quite hard work to go back & ski nice demos of stuff you think you can do....
post #38 of 39
Originally Posted by dchan
For the instructor the best skier is the one with the biggest smile on their face. Or the kid that gives a crumpled up dollar bill as a tip.

Most of the certified instructors are there not for the free lift ticket but for the joy of sharing their passion of the sport.

If you are a supporter read Todd's article about "The Reality Gap"

So true!
post #39 of 39
Originally Posted by Ghost
TIf your carving turns on black diamonds, you don't want to learn how to do stem-christies.

Don't knock wedge christies. There's a reason that it is a required movement in all PSIA certification exams (at least in Rocky Mountain).
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