Originally Posted by david_z
there is a reason why everyone on this board doesn't believe claims that you were competently riding doubles on your very first day (pretty sure you had this same argument with someone else about a year or two ago).
I don't know what a double looks like where you're from but at most places a double is ungroomed, about 12 feet wide, and/or littered with moguls and/or an in-bounds gladed area. IOW, they are trails which require advanced intermediate to expert competency, which no beginner has. Ever.
FYI "falling 20% of the time" pretty much constitutes total failure. I'm picturing a trail that spans maybe 1000 vertical feet with 15 or 20 falls between top and bottom. That ain't "riding a double black" that's "surviving" a double black.
I don't recall having this argument. That was someone else. And I said second.
But, well yeah, that's why I said falling 20% of the trail. Because when you fall, you slide until you can't anymore! And this was in Sugarbush Vermont. I practiced the techniques on trails Organgrider and Ripcord. And iirc Ripcord is where practically every other person "fell" with their skiis falling off and themselves sliding down really far away. I actually picked one up and delivered it to someone too where I "fell leaf" to get to him with a skii/pole in my hand. I'm sure you can critique with "perfect turn clinic theories", but whatever constitutes "failure", I'm sure if I was conditioned and didn't get tired, I might have made it 100% "linking turns".