Originally Posted by DEP
Besides awareness of distance to stop mentioned here, is there anything else someone like me should be thinking about? It seems like something is lost if you don't keep pushing comfort limits in terms of speed and/or terrain, but not so much as to be reckless and dangerous. Have I inadvertently stepped over that line?
I am a intermediate as well - I would say at the middle of the intermediate range. I keep my skis paralell throughout the turn but use the old school style/skid technique. I a working on getting comfortable with the new skis which are much harder to use with this old-style.
Anyways, I would say keep it 'real'. Don't feel like you have to ski 'fast'(a very relative term) just because others here say they do or you feel the need to keep up with the jones' or to have something to talk about here. I am not an expert and have much to learn, but I do know enough to understand Skiing fast in and of itself doesn't make one a competent skier in any sense.
Remember, the guys(and gals) here who say they ski at 50mph are much more advanced and experienced than us so we need to keep it in perspective.
Most of the time I am in the 5-15 mph range and probably max out at 20mph before I get uncomfortable. I really feel no need or desire to get more comfortable with higher speeds than this, accept as a tool to get down steeper runs once I gain more skill and progress. So, I wouldn't push it just to feel part of the higher-end crowd. For me, I would rather be proud to say I have mastered fundamentals than to say I can ski fast down the hill - because my goal is not to go fast, but to ski efficiently and safely, and above all to have fun. I would rather gloat and be able to say 'Hey!, I finally figured out edging technique !' than say 'Man I just flew down the hill today at 70mph !'.