Originally Posted by nolo
I'm sure you're a skier, T-Rod.
Reminds of a time years ago when I made some parallel turns and a friend who was following said "Hey, you're pretty good, why don't you ski
?" To him, a level two PSIA cert., skiing meant fixed heel. I'm not a skier, I'm a telemarker. (Don't worry, I won't call while you're having dinner.)
When I lived in Florida a skier was someone who could slalom (which means skiing on one ski). I never met that standard either, at least not on water...
at-nyc, you're right. The hostility was uncalled for. I was drunk and jealous when I wrote that. The success of programs like EpicSki's ESA proves that there are
a lot of people with disposable income who do
want to ski like Nolo. (I want to ski like Nolo too
). I just felt it was a bit much for her to suggest that skiing must define you before you can be a skier.
Thanks, Old Boot. If I never ski again, I will still think of myself as a skier. I had a friend who was always talking about moving to Boulder and becoming an accomplished Telemark skier. It was a dream of his. I took him to the local hill once where he rented an alpine set-up. He did significantly worse than the average beginner. But I think he is a skier because as you say "he wanted to be there." Perhaps that's setting the bar too low. I don't know.
I tried to teach him the basics at the foot of the hill as I have done with many new skiers. He never really got to the point where I thought he was ready to ride the lift and I guess I got a little frustrated, so we worked on skiing uphill, sidestep and herringbone which he was much better at, a bike messenger with legs of steel. We worked our way to a flat area half way up the hill and practiced some of the stuff we had worked on at the base. Eventually we decided to push for the summit (just 500 vert feet above the base). He struggled coming down but made it in one piece.
Of the thousands who visit Ski Liberty, he was one of the very few who skied up
the mountain. I think he's more of a skier than most of those thousands of visitors, even though he only went skiing once and struggled with it. He did move out west and I lost contact with him. Maybe he rips now but I doubt it. Last I heard, (rumors on the street), was that he was living in a homeless shelter in Albuquerque.