APunx176The question is when do you officially transition from being a bad skier to a good skier? I can get down double blacks, is that what makes me a good skier? Do you think I'm "qualified" to ski park? Or do I need to be able to huck cliffs and hit pillows first?.
I think everyone should just be able to do what they want without being judged. Most of NS is very hypocritical because everyone talks about how you are free to do what you want, but then half of them go and talk about how you shouldn't jump right into park or that people who only race aren't "real" skiers.
first, being able to hit cliffs has absolutely nothing to do with being a technically good skier at all its just balls, air control and knowing how to land.
second, the difficulty label of stuff you can get down has very little to do with how good of a technical skier you are.
we are in no means saying that being able to ski with good form is the only way to be considered good. i think henrik is a fantastic skier but his form is terrible. being a good skis just means you are good at what you are trying to be good at. if all you want to do is ski park than no one cares about form.
what we are saying is that to be considered a good skier in the more overlying of sense, form and your ability to get down very technically difficult terrain in a fast, controlled and safe manner literally cannot be done without an understanding of the most efficient manner of skiing. which so happens to be classified as "good form"
freeskiing and style are not bound by a single manner of skiing but in reality every type of skiing (setting aside park) is based off of the basics of skiing. but the quote on quote "basics" of skiing some of the hardest principles to learn in any sport. racing just so happens to generally be the most effective manner of learning the basics and my question wasn't an insult to people who aren't technically good skiers it was just a query about how you would have liked to learn to ski.