I'm curious to find out how long it would take (and if it's even possible) for me to reach the status of "expert skier." I love skiing to death -- I'd consider it my greatest pleasure in life, at least after my 20 years -- but after a recent Whistler trip and a bit of frustration with my ability level, I'm ready to start hitting the slopes on a more consistent basis and really perfecting this hobby/sport like nothing else before. I started when I was 13, and living in Arizona, my skiing days for the past 7 years haven't numbered higher than 6 or 7 per season. I'm currently an advanced intermediate, though I have yet to reach any kind of plateau, mainly because I don't go often enough that when I do, I just see the athletic improvement that comes naturally from increased musculature. I can ski most anything, though difficult blacks, deep moguls, and major steeps tend to ruin any grace that I can muster up for the milder runs. And though I'm in excellent physical shape, I find that I get tired pretty quickly when doing anything but cruising, so I can only deduce that my technique relies on using my body weight and physically pushing the skis around more than it does really skiing with finesse. After college, I plan to move somewhere close to good skiing and just spend a few years trying to get in as many skiing days as I can. How long would it take an athletic 20 year old to rise from advanced intermediacy to real expertise, and is it even possible for someone who wasn't tearing up the mountain 30 days a year as a young kid or teenager? Note that I'm not someone who expects to become really good in a season, nor do I have any dreams whatsoever of becoming some on-mountain "badass" to impress people with my "extremeness," but I'm really intent on perfecting the actual technique of this pursuit that I love so much. Thanks.
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2/10/02 at 10:26am