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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
How do I rate myself for a ski level?:

1) Never took a lesson, started in 1995.
2) Ski maybe ten times a season at the most, usually Jay Peak, Whiteface, and Gore. Last trip out west was 2002 to Jackson Hole, went under the ropes with cousin to some gnarly steeps and glades, he had been living there for a few years. Only one hairy wipeout, he had to retrieve my ski from a 15ft. gully, I was out-of-breath, smoker/hypoxic.
3) I didn't drop Corbet's at Jackson since conditions were shitty and my cousin told me to forget it, no way with those conditions.
4) I only want to ski steep ****. If I am not a little nervous I am not having as much fun, unless I'm in the trees with knee deep powder then it's ok.
5) Most recently I did Green Beret at Jay Peak, had to hop over a few boulders and a few quick turns, not as bad as someone made it out to be. Tuckerman's chute and the Face chutes were closed, this was last season, poor coverage in January. The slides are never open when I have been to Whiteface, and I usually ski alone so I don't venture in. How the hell do I rate myself??
I can get some air in the park but still learning how to do "tricks".
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post #2 of 9
I assume you're referring to the "1" to "9" ski level rating system that ski schools use? That's based on how you ski, not on the terrain that you choose to ski. The 7 / 8 / 9 designations cover extremely broad ranges of ability. i.e., 7 to 8 is a big jump, not all 8's are the same, etc.

From what you've said, you could be anything from a really aggressive intermediate to expert. We've had some rather endless discussions around here as to what the terms "intermediate" and "expert" actually mean as well, so take that as you will.

Why does it matter?
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
I guess it really doesn't matter. I just bought some new gear and was trying to explain to the dealer what I wanted and what my "Level" was, it was only my second pair of skis I ever bought.
post #4 of 9
Never having had any training and skiing maybe 10 times a year, I'd rate you a level 7 at best. You might be aggressive and capable, but technical aptitude is clearly not there. As long as you are enjoying skiing and not injuring yourself or putting yourself (or others) in danger I'd say that your "level" doesn't really matter. You make up anything at the bar after skiing anyway.
Later
GREG
post #5 of 9
As the others have said it's tough to say what you are on the 1 to 9 scale. In the 1 to 3 range for for binding settings I would say you're a 3.
post #6 of 9
We might be able to give you a loose assesment of your level if you provide some information on your technique rather than a compilation of battle stats! The rating system is geared towards technical ability and skill. Which means someone could make exquisite carved turns down a blue trail and rate higher than someone who bombs down a gnarly double diamond trail. I'm of the opinion that you'll only know how good you are if you understand what you're doing wrong and where you need to improve. This usually means taking a lesson or skiing with an experienced technical skier who can critique your technique.
post #7 of 9
You're a Type IV skier man!!!

Rock On!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by mattyfro73 View Post
I guess it really doesn't matter. I just bought some new gear and was trying to explain to the dealer what I wanted and what my "Level" was, it was only my second pair of skis I ever bought.
Been there; done that.

You could be a level 4 or a level 9; it doesn't matter. As far as what equipment is suitable, a lot depends on how fast you ski and what type of turns you want to make. Tell us how you turn.
post #9 of 9
From your post it sounds like you are an expert rider. But you seem to only have about 100 days of skiing under your belt. So I think in the "risk aversion" department, you are a 10, but in the "technique" department you may be lacking a bit.

A video will settle it all.
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