Originally Posted by lonewolf210
I have been trying to find some ski partners and with few exceptions so far everyone I have gone with who tells me they are 'good' skiers turn out to be not very good at all. We get there and some of them will blast past me on blues essentially straight lining the thing but as soon as I suggest we do more difficult terrain they either fall apart when we get on it or make excuses about how all they care about is skiing fast.
Why do so many people think that because they can ski fast down blues they are good skiers?
On a side not it also seems to me that these are the people that are the most dangerous on the hill as they often ski outside their ability to control themselves.
They have taken a basically sound principal and generalized it too far, or only got it half right.
Higher speed is associated with higher skills, because the higher your skill level, the faster you can ski over any given terrain. Go too fast for your skill level and you will crash, maybe into the woods, or if your racing in a course you will miss a gate or crash or both.
Also, better gliding skills will get you more speed on an easy slope, and better carving skills will gain you more speed on a medium slope.
The problem is the speed at which that blue run might start to become a crashing off the trail problem for them is above what the hill can give them when nobody else is on it, and their ability to avoid crashing into other skiers is often over-estimated.
I agree there is a speed at which some gnarly terrain is easiest and that skiing slower than that makes it harder, but faster than that also makes it harder.
Some people think they are good based on the fact they can ski fast down blues because their standards are too low.
Out of control skiers are dangerous. The faster the out of control skiers are, the more dangerous they are.
Aside from all that, skiing fast is fun. It was just as much fun when I only knew how to make a snowplow turn as it is now. I did have to be a little more careful about where I sped though. People do what is fun for them. They speed on the blues because it's fun for them. Even though they might not be as good a skier as you are, it's still fun for them to do.
Even for folks with the skills to do it, exciting speeds in some bumpy terrain would put a heavy toll on the body, so if folks are into speed thrills, they will likely avoid icy volkswagons and haystacks.