|Originally posted by Masque:
cololi: World cup racers train under and with very skilled instructors/coaches and perform within a sealed and public protected course. Dave’s out there being a prick around you, your buds, and your kids - there’s no comparison!
Are you suggesting that world cup racers always ski on closed runs? I patrolled at a mountain that had a World Cup race every year. The racers routinely skied just about everywhere on the mountain. I was fortunate to make a couple of runs with some WC racers from Austria, which was an incredible experience and there ability amazed me. Yes, there were some closed runs where they could train and not worry about speed, other people, etc. but they had no problem skiing in other areas when they were not preparing for the race or after they had finished racing.
I remember working patrol one day when a masters level racer caught an edge on a groomed cat track (open to the public) while traveling at a high rate of speed and flew off of the cat track, hitting a tree. She lost all movement in her left arm, had a collapsed lung, broken ribs, and a fractured bone in her lower leg. Clearly her skiing presented a hazard to her, yet she had tons of training and coaching. The comparison is that even skiers at a very high ability level, regardless of training, coaching, instruction, etc. can be potetntial dangers, therefore refuting the argument that those people who do not take lessons, receive instruction, or are coached, are any more hazardous to themselves or others then those people who do take lessons, receive instructions, or are coached. Obviously learning about an endeavor is a wise thing to do before you take that endeavor up, but there is a time when you feel comfortable enough to not worry about certain things. if you feel the need to improve your skills through organized instruction, that is great. But to suggest that every one should do it is wrong. I feel that every time I go skiing, I notice something new that enhances the experience, either it is discovering a new technique or doing something different, finding a new stash, or meeting new people.[ August 21, 2003, 09:00 AM: Message edited by: cololi ]