Before, I start, I'll say I think we're all getting played here and this is some sort of psychological experiment. For those that haven't looked here is Sean website here's the link.http://www.mindzoned.com
Anyway, I won't say there is no way that after 50 HOURS you are a level 8.5 skier. I will say however that the chance of that happening is a VERY low order of probability. I've taught skiing for over 10 years. In that time, I've taught thousands of people to ski, and the best student I've ever had was a approximately 30 year old professional surfer. We went from never having skis on to skiing basic parallel turns on harder green and easy blue runs in two hours. The second best student I ever had was a 26 year old ballet dancer. Similar result, basic parallel turns on greens in two hours. Where they ended up later in their skiing careers, I don't know, but they had a good start. What did both of these students have in common? They both were true professionals in movement based sports/professions. These folks were FAR and AWAY above the norm for what I see with most students. So forgive us if we are skeptical of your claims. Neither of them were in their 50's and behind a desk professionals. Sorry, but the odds are against you.
Here is the difference in how the general public rates themselves and how ski teachers rate students. The general public rates themselves on WHERE they ski. If I'm skiing a black, I must be an expert. However, when I watch somebody ski, and assess where they are in their skiing career, I look at HOW they ski. That is HOW they get the skis to turn. Now since both of the students above were able to ski what I'll call novice to intermediate terrain, did I call them intermediates at the end of our 2 hours? No. In fact, I told them NOT to go to harder terrain or lessons. Why? Because there is a tremendous amount of experiential learning that takes place in skiing. Both of these skiers NEEDED to go through this process to become more proficient later in their skiing careers. Now, I don't doubt that you have some skill. But seriously, people that are truly level 8 skiers generally measure their skiing careers in years, not hours. I tell folks that the level posted in the scale above, are exponential. That it's very easy to go from 1-2 and pretty easy to go from 3-4. But it's 10 times harder to go from 6 to 7 than in is to go from 5 to 6 and ten times harder again to go from 7 to 8 than it was to go from 6 to 7.
Part of this is I think that at 50 hours, you really are just now starting to scratch the surface as to what's possible in skiing. To put this in perspective I consider myself a high level 8/low level 9 skier and I've been skiing for over 30 years. So quite frankly, I don't think you have the proper frame of reference to make a call as to what level you are. Again, it's not a negative thing it's simply called reality. If you can truly do what you say you can do, you'll be skiing on the world cup in the next couple of years. Forgive me, if I don't put odds on that.
But after all of that, let me ask you, why does the number matter? Why? The answer is it doesn't. Those numbers exist simply so that folks like me can place people of similar abilities in to lessons with each other. And what I see with those numbers on a consistent basis is that men OVERestimate their ability level and women UNDERestimate their ability level.
Years ago, I had this man, who was a high powered lawyer, CEO, serious TYPE A personality in a private lesson. I did the meet and greet thing with him, and started asking him about his skiing and if he'd ever had ski lessons before. He said yes that he had taken a weeks worth of private lessons in Vail, Co., and that they had told him he was a level 7 skier. When I asked him where he skied (at my resort) it was closer to level 4-5 terrain. Humm, I thought. So we made our warm up run and about 1/2 way down he asked if we would be skiing any powder as that's were level 7 skiers ski. I commented that I felt, based on the turns that he was doing that we were closer to level 5 and that skiing powder might not be the best plan. He became almost indignant and INSISTED that they had TOLD him at Vail he was a level 7 and that there was NO WAY that he was anything else. So after a minute or two of listening to him rant, I said, OK, you're a level 7. Now lets go ski the blue groomer. The moral of the story? The number in his head was way more important to him than the actual terrain he was skiing. He totally equated his ability to the number and not the reality of what he was doing.
So, I will propose that if you are having fun, and not putting yourself into situations and terrain where you are a hazard to yourself or others, then WHO CARES what level you are. Unless you are the worst skier in the world (which there is only one of) or the best skier in the world (which there is only one of) there will always be someone worse that you and someone better than you. Odds are, it's not you. So there is always room for improvement in our skiing. Don't worry about the number just go out and try to get better.
I looked at your website. And I think WTFH is on the right track. THINKING I'm a world cup ski racer won't make it so. THINKING I'm a pro bike racer won't make it so. That's only the start of it. The other part is putting in hard work and HONESTLY evaluating ones abilities. Time to do that for yourself. Like the old saying goes, "talk is cheap..."
See ya on the hill,
LBut I'm still not convinced that we aren't part of some mind control experiment for the good doc's next research paper. "Community response and interaction to claims of rapid advancement in sport by new community member"