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Poll Results: What kind of skier are you?

Poll expired: Nov 4, 2006  
  • 0% (1)
    Beginner: ski green and some blue slopes, not comfortable with steeper blues
  • 14% (27)
    Intermediate: ski most blue and some black slopes, difficult conditions make it difficult
  • 44% (82)
    Advanced: ski most inbound terrain, survive double diamond slopes in difficult conditions
  • 34% (65)
    Expert: ski all terrain on most mountains with speed, power and grace.
  • 5% (11)
    Pro: high level racer, professional free skier, demo team member, Highway Star
186 Total Votes  
post #31 of 47
Snowbird is not most mountains.

Every hill has some unskiable lines if you use your imagination, but at that point you are splitting hairs. I believe the intended meaning is all terrain (skiable lines) at MOST (ski) mountains with speed power and grace.

(No, not every line in the Karakoram, Himalaya, etc., Disski.)
post #32 of 47
If you can ski all marked trails at Snowbird with speed power and grace, you meet this definition of expert, as I read it.
post #33 of 47
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post
For this poll, I would put myself in the "advanced" category.
flawed.
post #34 of 47

advanced= level 9

The way I read this poll, advanced = level 9. I am an experienced and generally competant tele skier. I would comfortably place myself at level 9, but there are conditions that cause me to slow down considerably... featureless ice, semi-breakable crust, frozen mashed potatoes, tight trees, poor visibility, etc. In those conditions, I would hardly consider my skiing a model of power or grace. It is one thing to link turns on a 35 degree slope in bottomless powder. It is a far different thing to do the same in survival conditions.

The top two levels in this poll are what I have seen described as 10 and 11. There is only a small percentage of skiers who really fit into those catagories. As someone suggested, this is really a logrithmic scale, which each level about 10 times higher than the previous level.
post #35 of 47
Yeah . . . MOST mountains are eastern/midwestern mountains aren't they? Wouldn't the combined number of ski areas in New York, Michigan, Mass, CT, VT, NH and Maine be more than the combined number of ski areas in CO, WY, NM, CA, OR and WA? I don't know, it's just a question.

But even in CO there's some mountains that you could be comfortable skiing "any" terrain.

So I don't think it's too out of line to call myself an expert, having the ability to ski "all terrain on most mountains with speed, power and grace"
post #36 of 47
Some days I'm advanced other days I'm not.
post #37 of 47
So if I can ski off of Spanky's Ladder in 2' of powder or drop into Pakalolo on Blackcomb, and bash bumps down Monday's and Cockalorum off the Peak Chair in white out and freezing rain conditions, does that make me an expert? Somedays I shred the mtn and somedays it shreds me. I'm in the category between expert and advanced.
post #38 of 47
This funniest thing is to go skiing with a group you know socially, but haven't skied with before, 1/2 of which consider themselves "experts" (so do their wives).

Once you hit the hill, the "Emperors" suddenly have no cloths (or edges). Bashing and crashing reign supreme, as the wives swoon.

The best skier I know says nothing about his ability. If others do, he changes the topic.

Reminds of that old Sufi saying: "The tree most laden with fruit, bows the lowest".
post #39 of 47
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato View Post
The best skier I know says nothing about his ability. If others do, he changes the topic.
Notice that I haven't posted in this thread...so how about them tigers
post #40 of 47
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato View Post
This funniest thing is to go skiing with a group you know socially, but haven't skied with before, 1/2 of which consider themselves "experts" (so do their wives).

Once you hit the hill, the "Emperors" suddenly have no cloths (or edges). Bashing and crashing reign supreme, as the wives swoon.

The best skier I know says nothing about his ability. If others do, he changes the topic.

Reminds of that old Sufi saying: "The tree most laden with fruit, bows the lowest".
A friend and I went skiing with co-workers several years ago. He spent something like 6 or 7 years in Eskimos (front rangers know who that group is), I could sometimes keep up with him if he wasn't skiing the bumps too fast. Of course, the other 3 talked all week long what great skiers they were, and about the runs they skiied - of course when we go to Keystone, they skied the same runs we did for the first half of the day, but in braking wedges the whole time. After lunch, they kindly suggested that the two of us ski together, and meet them in the bar when the lifts closed.

Moral of the story: be careful who you tell you're an expert. Surviving a black run at an easy resort is not the same as being an "expert skier."
post #41 of 47
Flawed: no place for someone who skis all terrain in MOST coniditions.
post #42 of 47
The best skier on the mountain, is the one with the biggest smile!


JF
post #43 of 47
I'd hardly call instructors pros.
post #44 of 47
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Originally Posted by skierhj View Post
I'd hardly call instructors pros.
I'd be willing to bet there's few, if any that voted "pro." With the exception of maybe 15 - 20 instructors here, I'd bet most listed themselves as advanced, I know I did.
post #45 of 47
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Originally Posted by Captain_Strato View Post
... 1/2 of which consider themselves "experts" (so do their wives).

Once you hit the hill, the "Emperors" suddenly have no cloths (or edges). Bashing and crashing reign supreme, as the wives swoon.
Argh! So true, and so well-put!
post #46 of 47
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Originally Posted by icanseeformiles(andmiles) View Post
I'd be willing to bet there's few, if any that voted "pro." With the exception of maybe 15 - 20 instructors here, I'd bet most listed themselves as advanced, I know I did.
most aren't even "advanced"
post #47 of 47
on this board? get real.

Here's a suggestion - go to tgr, there's a great flame war happening there - isn't going to happen here.
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