glad we're back on topic, as this one is interesting.
I don't think condiions (drewski) should be a factor, as the run should be extreme in the best of conditions, see those French guys early on, always skiing spring conditions so that it was even possible.
Again, historically, those French guys (Vallencamp and pals) were always skiing 50 degrees or more, and it should still be so.
And yes, falls should have consequences, and that puckered feeling has to be intense. DCNB: The consequences needn't be fatal, but there has to be a variety of very nasty terraine down the fall line. (If a short knarly line runs out into a mellow apron (mainline pocket), it is of no real consequence for the purpose of this discussion.)
There can be no options out, no way to change your mind in mid-line, no bailing, no traversing, no getting out of your predicament. Ya gotta ski the whole line cause ya got no choice.
Healy, if a tree can grow there, it ain't extreme.
More people now ski stuff like the French guys used to ski , so the whole thing has to ratchet up a knotch. If more than a given (?) number of skiers can ski it in a given season, it ain't extreme anymore, or the concept loses its meaning.
Edited by davluri - 2/28/2009 at 10:57 pm