Originally Posted by njkayaker
I think many very-capable skiers might rate themselves as "advanced" .
I've made great strides in my capability this year, and think of myself as an advanced skier, capable of skiing most terrain in-bounds (I'm not into dropping cliff bands as a requisite for skiing steeps), and I don't shy away from skiing because the conditions are horrible. I've been called, by longtime locals, "hard core" and "an animal" just because I choose to ski miserable conditions that they avoid (hey, sometimes that's all there is), but I don't see this is as a comment on my skill level.
I have a friend who looks like he's floating all the time (on powder or frozen crud), and as the season has gone on, I've noticed that my rating in his opinion has gone from "You're on your skis." to "You're really on your skis." to "You're SO on your skis."
The whole number thing seems to be there to draw comparisons between ability levels, but estimates are obviously inconsistant.