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How do you define an "Expert" skier?

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Everyone on internet, very few on the slopes.

 

Seriously ,I define an expert as someone that can gracefully ski all conditions and terrain.  Bumps, powder, ice, steeps, groomers, crud, etc.

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Everyone on internet, very few on the slopes.

 

Ain't that the truth.

post #4 of 26

if you have to ask.....

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Did nolo put you up to this?

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(That's a good one, probably deserved, Heluva.)

 

An expert is someone who'd be worth consulting if you wanted advice on a matter where you can't tolerate a very large margin of error.

 

 

post #7 of 26

If you can put your boots on the correct foot you're probably an expert

post #8 of 26

Someone who is coming under the realization of how much they don't know

post #9 of 26

Well then there is the PSIA definition of "expert".  Experts are trying to learn more and more about less and less.  Someday they will know everything about nothing

post #10 of 26

Expert skiers...  I know 'em when I see 'em. 

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That basic question got me banned on another forum. ;)  

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I would say that expert skiers are the ones who have the ability to do any kind of terrain in a skilled manner.  Someone I recently skied with used to do some competitive race skiing for several years in his youth,, and from what I've seen, he can handle just about anything. Steep runs with trees, 10-30 foot cliffs.  I thought that guy was an expert for sure.

 

I don't consider myself an expert at all, somewhere between intermediate and advanced, but I have the courage on some harder runs that I take slower than other people.

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You are not an expert until your overpaid, butt-kissing PSIA instructor tells you that you are...

     ... which is usually about half way through your second private lesson! (after you bought him lunch and before you give him his days tip)  He's also a realtor, so now that you are an "expert" skier, you should buy a slope-side ski condo that he has listed!

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You are not an expert until your overpaid, butt-kissing PSIA instructor tells you that you are...


 

That is the first time I've ever seen "overpaid" used in reference to a ski instructor.

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That is the first time I've ever seen "overpaid" used in reference to a ski instructor.

He's only overpaid when he's charging $400 a day to ski around with you kissing your butt and selling you real estate!

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That basic question got me banned on another forum. ;)  

 

Ha!  I think it's the last thread I started on my last forum too.  Didn't get me banned though.  Guess I didn't try hard enough.

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In my opinion, the expert skier is the one having the most fun.  I don't care if they can only do wedge turns on green runs.

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Posaune, if I used your reasoning in selecting an accountant, doctor, lawyer, engineer, etc., I'd likely be in a heap of trouble.

 

 

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How do you define an "Expert" skier?

One that drinks 5 Bloody Mary's, 12 PBR's, 6 shots of Jagermeister and not tip over in the lift line.

 

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One that drinks 5 Bloody Mary's, 12 PBR's, 6 shots of Jagermeister and not tip over in the lift line.

 


 

 

Is that before breakfast, for breakfast, or while riding the first lift of the morning?

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This guy is an expert:

 

 

Oh you were talking about SKIING not HOT DOGS...

 

 

I'd say that girl is an expert for just having the guts to do that.

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Posaune, if I used your reasoning in selecting an accountant, doctor, lawyer, engineer, etc., I'd likely be in a heap of trouble.

 

 

True enough.  The point of being an accountant, doctor, lawyer, engineer is to be highly skilled and knowledgeable so that you can deliver the best service to your customer/patient/client. The expert is in those areas is the person that fits that description.  

 

The point of skiing is to have fun, so I figure the expert is the one getting the most jollies on the hill.

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Fair enough, Posaune. The pursuit of happiness is not just a good idea, it's the Law.

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One that drinks 5 Bloody Mary's, 12 PBR's, 6 shots of Jagermeister and not tip over in the lift line.

 

WOW, I didn't realize i was surounded by so many experts at snowshoe last weekend!   
 

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He's only overpaid when he's charging $400 a day to ski around with you kissing your butt and selling you real estate!

 

Ah, but he isn't being paid that $400, the resort is.  He gets far less than half that I'd guess. 

post #26 of 26

Expert is relative to discipline.  Especially with regard to ski instruction.  I wouldn't think that someone could be an expert mogul coach and an expert downhill racer.  Also, it is relative to audience or population.  Someone may be considered an expert by many but not all.  There's always someone that knows more or thinks they do. For these reasons I personally believe that the term "expert" probably shouldn't be taken seriously by anybody.  Expert should probably really only mean pretty darn good and knowledgeable at whatever subject or activity we are referring to.  i.e. when you see a sign, poles and rope that say "Experts Only" at the top of a ski run and you don't feel comfortable at all skiing that run you are not "expert" for that type of skiing compared to the other "experts" that ski there.  But if you can ski it under control with some apprehension you should probably be allowed to ski there and shouldn't have your ticket jerked.  So once again, the term "expert" doesn't seem to be a good word to me.  I can see why folks get banned over the definitions proposed.

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