Originally Posted by Bravosarah Skier Ability LevelsAs posted on About.comhttp://skiing.about.com/od/downhills...litylevels.htmLevel One: "Never-Ever"
Level One skiers are first time skiers who have never skied before.Level Two
Level Two skiers are cautious novices who are able to do a " snow plow
" (wedge) turn both ways and are able to stop, but linking turns smoothly may be difficult. zSB(3,3)Level Two skiers may have skied once or twice before.Level Three
Level Three skiers are confident novices who are able to stop and make round snow plow turns on easy beginner trails.Level Four
Level Four skiers are cautious intermediate skiers who can link turns but still moderate speed. Level Four skiers ski in a small wedge and their skis may even be parallel at the end of the turn on green
or easy blue
trails. Level Four is a transition level in which skiers will begin to ski more blue intermediate runs.Level Five
Level Five skiers are intermediates who are confident on easy blue runs and ski mostly parallel but may at times use the wedge to begin a turn or to stop. Level Five skiers may be cautious on intermediate trails that are slightly steep or icy.Level Six
Level Six skiers confidently make parallel turns on blue runs but do not ski many advanced trails. Level Six skiers use their poles to time turns. A Level Six skier is interested in learning to ski better on more challenging terrain.Level Seven
Level Seven skiers ski controlled parallel turns and can ski very well on blue trails. Level Seven skiers can control their speed and rhythm on black diamond
trails, but they are looking to ski on challenging trails with better style. Level Seven skiers can adjust the size and length of their turns and are learning to ski on a variety of different types of snow and terrain.Level Eight
Level Eight skiers ski with good technique on all terrain and snow conditions. Level Eight skiers can ski moguls
and are able to ski black diamond trails with confidence using carved turns.Level Nine
Level Nine skiers enjoy the challenge of difficult ski trails and ski moguls, steeps, and other black diamond terrain.
Yes. Nice resurection. Now if we could only make it a poll, like on the old forums, we could see what the self-evaluated ability level of epic is, and see if it is log-normally distributed or if an extreme-value distribution works better.
Re-evaluating, I guess 6, let's see.....
- confident on easy blue runs and ski mostly parallel but may at times use the wedge to begin a turn or to stop, check - use the wedge frequently in the lift corral
-may be cautious on intermediate trails that are slightly steep or icy, check - especially if it's crowded
(2 out of 2) Maybe I overestimated myself; they say that's a common problem among males.
- make parallel turns on blue runs, check (imho; my tracks look pretty good, but whenever I notice my skis they seem off of true parallel)
- Do not ski many advanced runs, I do ski many advanced runs though (maybe I'm underestimating)
- want to learn how to ski better on more challenging terrain, check
- use poles to time turns, nope; I don't use my poles for anything except hurting my thumb, breaking my wrist, and balancing, (call it three out of 4)
- controlled parallel turns and ski well on blue trails, check (imho)
-Control their speed and rhythm on black diamond trails? Control Speed? Don't know much about that; I just ski the black diamonds and enjoy the speed.
-Are looking to ski on challenging trails with better style, check (isn't this almost the same as 6?)
- adjust length and size of turns, check (isn't that called skiing in control?)
- learning to ski on a variety of different types of snow and terrain, check always learning (isn't this applicable to every level?)
(call it 4 out of 5)
Ski with good technique on all terrain and snow conditions, nope - I suck at moguls
Can ski moguls - define "ski". Isn't this included in the "all terrain and snow conditions"?
Are able to ski black diamond with confidence using carved turns, check,( until recently I skied moguls this way too, but it wasn't pretty; I'm trying to learn the right way to ski them, and it's still not pretty)
(call it 1 out of 2)
- enjoy the challenge of difficult ski trails and ski moguls, steeps, and other black diamond terrain, check
According to the above my best score is a 9, tied with a 5, but that has nothing in it to do with ability. I'm no 9; I suck at moguls, and I'm probably only half as good as I think I am at everything else (it's not that I can't ski moguls; it's that I can't ski and moguls prove it). (5+9)/2 = 7
I guess you can put me down as a 7. When I learn how to ski moguls I'll be a 9.
Somebody put that pole up so I can vote.