Originally Posted by doublediamond223
HS- Do you think there are any skiers who are better than you who post here, or on TGR? Just curious, although I think I know the answer.
Yes, I'm better than everybody here, and TGR forums, and everywhere else. Does that make you happy?
I'm kidding though. Really.
In all seriousness, what does "better" mean? That you make cleaner, more technically perfect turns? That you are perfectly balanced and 100% in control at all times on all terrain? If that's the criteria, I'm probably about mid pack vs. TGRF, and probably in the bottom half at epic.....does that make you happy?
However, those are pretty lame criteria, and if that was all that mattered in skiing, I would probably quit skiing. Here are what I find important (in no particular order) to being a good overall skier.
1. Technical turning skills (what epic is obsessed with)
2. Improvisational and unconventional technical skills (what I'm more interested in)
3. Jumping skills.
6. Capablity to ski difficult snow
7. Capabilty to ski difficult terrain
8. Ablity to choose a unique and interesting line
12. Low frequency of crashing and falling.
17. High Velocity
18. Hang time
But the real test comes down to what you ski and how you ski it. I may ski in the east, but I'm constantly looking for the most technical terrain I can find, a difficult, creative line on it, and am usually interested in skiing it in absolutely horrific snow conditions.Take the Fiddle clip.
I'd be willing bet that less than 10% of epicski would be even willing to ski that trail on that day, and maybe 20% of TGRF. It was very
closed. There's less than 2 feet of snow on it, with no base, and it's melting out. It's pure rock, all the way down.
The access involves picking your way down ledges, on a 35-40 degree pitch. Now, once this select group of people get down to the line shown in the clip, how will they ski it? Will they ski it with speed, flair, and confidence.....which I do? Some will, some won't. In blue jeans, with no helmet, and brand new $500 skis? I highly doubt it (and I get mad steezy points for the jeans, btw). Anyway, I'd be willing to bet that less than 2% of the people on epic could ski that line and ski it better overall - ie. faster, with more technique, and more style....ie. ripping. Probably more like 5-10% of the people on TGR.I can assure you that HeluvaSkier and UP Racer would be part of the group of people that would NOT be willing to ski that trail in those conditions. And if they did, they would probably flail like little girls.
Oh, and I've never claimed to be a pro-skier. I know I'm a solid expert overall.....I'd like to make the move to "Top-expert" status.....that requires a bit more correct technique more often, and being in better shape.