Originally Posted by ski=free
Why, couldn't he rip on blue runs until he got better? No one says you have to ski black diamonds, especially not until you're ready. Master the blues and the blacks will come.
with a very subjective angle on "rip" you need to understand that he ADMITS to fear of black diamond runs. this means his ACTUAL fear is even greater, given the average man's propensity to minimize his own fears.
someone who is frightened by a black diamond run can't improve his skiing by getting on a 6 Star.
the biggest mistake one can make is the "I'll grow into them" idea. buy a ski for your present skills. it will give the most reward for your inputs. it will help you engrain good habits. and it will punish you a whole lot LESS than a ski designed for the top 5% of all skiers.
now this whole line of reasoning might cause you to think I'm calling into question your own fears, lack of fears, or manhood. but you'd be wrong to read that into the post.