Originally Posted by JohnH
But to get from 7-8 could take years. And 8 to 9?, it may never happen.
But what really is the difference between level 8 and level 9? Since 9 is the top, and I'm no WC skier or even examiner, but I've had my level 3 cert for a while, I'd consider myself a level 8. But I can ski anything, any time, anywhere, in just about any conditions (deep, barely breakable crust might present a problem). So if someone watches me on video, and watches a D-teamer, the differences are so hard to distinguish, except that the D-teamer seems to be in more control, smoother, less time out of balance, etc. But if you try define skiing skills that makes someone a level 8 vs 9, how do you put it in words that are easily understandable by the general public? You can't. You just relate it to the terrain they can ski. Based on that, everyone skiing ungroomed blacks would be a level 9.
Same here, except I don't think the differences between me and the D-teamer are hard to distinguish at all!
Level 3 cert just means (if you're realistic) that you now are beginning to have some idea of how much you don't
know, and how much you can't do the way you'd like to. Level 3 is an invitation to really
start to learn how to ski, not an invitation to hubris.
As for the "skier levels" discussed in this thread, they are indeed rather fuzzy, at best. The whole thing reminds me of the scene in "This Is Spinal Tap" where the guitar player is explaining that that his amplifier is better "because it goes to 11" after he had hand printed an "11" on the volume control.
Aggressiveness alone may suggest that hyperSki should be placed an a rather advanced group. An the other hand, maybe he shouldn't be placed in any
group because he's convinced he's already good enough so that he has little left to learn. Such individuals can both interfere with the lesson and come away dissatisfied themselves. A good instructor can deal with it, but there's no guarantee that you'll get an instructor with those particular tools.
Anyway, don't get too proud, and don't take the skier levels too seriously.