"Maybe the title of "expert" is something you can use on others, but should never use on yourself?"
This is a quote from my post at the top of this page.
To that end, I have no qualms about declaring, IMHO, that Bob, Weems, Joan, Arc (et al) are expert skiers AND teachers.
They can ski about any hill, condition, task, etc, with skill, technique, and panache'! They can make it look easy! Then after they ski it, they can teach you how to ski it as they did!
This blend of ability and knowledge have combined to cover the spectrum of thoughts presented by Fox and Pierre, as to the qualities of an expert.
Then they take it a step further to where, by their attitudes and integrity, they are professionals.
I agree that to huck ones self off of a jump or cliff does not make one either an expert nor a professional. Are these athletes good at it? You bet! There is some truly sick stuff being done out there! And I enjoy watching it. And some of them are taking home some decent prize money, but again- a paycheck does not infer the qualities of a "professional".
With out trying to hijack my own thread-
Beyond personal acheivement, personal recognition, and pushing the next guy to "go bigger", what do these athletes do for the industry, as far as encouraging new/ future skiers, to enter and remain in the sport?
Maybe this should be a new thread... I'll do it this afternoon, but right now I have to go skiing....