The 17th hole at the Sawgrass TPC is fascinating to watch during the Players. This year the weather conditions were good, but, the hole still punishes the world's best. These guys have to hit at least 100 wedge shots everyday, but, this shot makes them look like you and me. They fuss over wind, club selection, how hard to swing, talk to their caddy for hours, get real pissed, make very amusing faces and movements.
Does skiing have a similar situation to making this shot? There is not an injury threat in golf, so it's all in the mind. Can you imagine a world cup skier sweating a NASTAR run? No way? The Corbett's et al can have a downside if you crash, so dangerous situations don't really compare.
A small side story. Never played at Sawgrass, but, did play a very authentic recreation of this hole. In a twosome on the tee, the foursome ahead waved us through. My partner and I both hit absolutely great shots to within 15 feet. When we got to the green, the guys were amazed and asked us if we were that good. Our answer, no, hell no, not never that good.