Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA
Just ask Therusty(or lonnie) about follwing me around for a day, technical skill is almost meaningless when you trying to keep up with me....
True dat!And I'd say that goes for MTB as well! Ahhhh, to be 23 again!
But here's the other point that I think is pretty valid. While I haven't skied with all to the pro types that BWPA has, I have skied with and behind a lot of very, very good skiers. Many of these folks charge very, very hard, and ski very tough lines really, REALLY fast. What I've found is that there is a skill set that one develops skiing on those types of situations, that while less than technically perfect from a PSIA, PMTS, CSIA, XYZ, point of view, is what is needed to ski steep, exposed, tight terrain at high speeds. EVERY skier who I have ever skied with that is in that mode HAS these skills. I wouldn't call it survival, I'd call it instinctual. You might see them make 5 separate types of turns in 5 turns (or in some cases no turns at all). Very few of these people have ever had formal lessons (at least in recent history).
I skied with BWPA and a good number of his TGR buddies at the bird a few weeks back. I'll admit that at 38, I have peaked as an athlete. I had 10 to 15 years on most of the guys we were skiing with that day. Another thing I'll admit to is when I'm skiing in uniform (99% of the time) across the street, there are many many times that I find myself in the you have to "look good" mode and you have to "be responsible" mode while free skiing. I am, as they say, a representative of the resort. When I go somewhere else, and take off that jacket, it takes me a while to transition out of that mode. And, I've been in that mode for 10+ years now. It was really interesting to go and ski with BW and his buddies. After a few runs, I found myself letting go of my preconceived PSIA notions of right and wrong. I'll call it group mentality. Humans are a social creatures. We tend to group together. We all want to be accepted. We tend to want to be like others in our group. Therefore, we tend to adapt to what others in our group seem to hold in high esteem. The TGR mags seem to think it's going fast, hucking cliffs and that's cool. PSIA and PMTS, have their notion of what's "correct". Maybe that's what gets us into these pointless debates. I'd propose that any of us would change our mindset based upon the social situation we choose to find ourselves in.....