I was wondering how long it takes the average Joe or Jane to learn to ski. Yes, I know there is no such thing as the average Joe or Jane, but just to get a rough idea, give me, from your experience median, mean or mode, or whatever insight you can give. I was wondering how long it would take to become an upper level intermediate skier and how long to become an advanced skier.
I also recently learned what an intermediate skier is according to PSIA (levels 4 to six), I had thought Intermediate would start at level 6, and take between 3 and 10 on-snow days to reach (based on limited experience).
How long to level 6 (not counting days to learn to time your turns with pole plants; I don't need no schtinking pole plants! ) ? 7? 8? 9?
Just so we are on the same page, I shamelessly copied these ability levels
Level One: "Never-Ever"
Level One skiers are first time skiers who have never skied before.
Level Two skiers are cautious novices who are able to do a " snow plow" (wedge) turn both ways and are able to stop, but linking turns smoothly may be difficult. Level Two skiers may have skied once or twice before.
Level Three skiers are confident novices who are able to stop and make round snow plow turns on easy beginner trails.
Level Four skiers are cautious intermediate skiers who can link turns but still moderate speed. Level Four skiers ski in a small wedge and their skis may even be parallel at the end of the turn on green or easy blue trails. Level Four is a transition level in which skiers will begin to ski more blue intermediate runs.
Level Five skiers are intermediates who are confident on easy blue runs and ski mostly parallel but may at times use the wedge to begin a turn or to stop. Level Five skiers may be cautious on intermediate trails that are slightly steep or icy.
Level Six skiers confidently make parallel turns on blue runs but do not ski many advanced trails. Level Six skiers use their poles to time turns. A Level Six skier is interested in learning to ski better on more challenging terrain.
Level Seven skiers ski controlled parallel turns and can ski very well on blue trails. Level Seven skiers can control their speed and rhythm on black diamond trails, but they are looking to ski on challenging trails with better style. Level Seven skiers can adjust the size and length of their turns and are learning to ski on a variety of different types of snow and terrain.
Level Eight skiers ski with good technique on all terrain and snow conditions. Level Eight skiers can ski moguls and are able to ski black diamond trails with confidence using carved turns.
Level Nine skiers enjoy the challenge of difficult ski trails and ski moguls, steeps, and other black diamond terrain.