Originally Posted by Abox
This is truly a 'to each his own' thing. I can get excited watching a couple runs in a downhill competition, but pursuing the goal of "expert" carving on groomers to me is like taking up mountain biking only to spend day after day practicing cornering on a flat hike and bike trail. Or like spending a lot of time getting really good at jumping jacks.
The ignorance of this is beyond belief. This guy did not pursue "expert" carving as a goal. You are just clueless to even think that. This guy pursued to be an "expert skier". This means ripping, groomers, bumps, pow, steeps, trees, crud, etc. The skills developed in one area, are fully transferable to another. This video happens to show him using his skills in a particular application...but the fact he shot this on 80mm skis, should give you a slight hint that is not all he does, if it was, he would be on 65mm skis.
I know from experience and knowing these guys that you cant get to the skill level shown in the video, (or the 4/4 Cert) by sticking to the groomers. You MUST be an "all mountain" expert, and that can only happen by spending huge amounts of time skiing off-piste....and be really really really good at it.
Here is another point for you....and this is SECRET...best kept one in skiing really: ready?The worlds top big mountain skiers are AWESOME skiers!
Hard to believe isnt it? But here is the kicker...they could do what you see in the video too....the fact you cant, should give you somthing to think about.