Congratulations, you are an Novice Course Skier!
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What it looks like:
• You can ski all six buoys at 15 off and have started practicing the course with gates.
• You ski at slow speeds (30 mph and slower).
What you're working on:
• Increasing your speed in the course with gates, by advancing in one-mph increments.
What you should do next:
• Go to a high-end ski school to get an up-close look at some world-class skiing, as well as some fine tuning on your skills.
• Start shortening your line length.
• Invest in a higher-end ski.
Best tip: Go back to the basics.
Never abandon the slower speeds and easier rope lengths to establish your rhythm and technique. Push the envelope to progress, but be sure that you spend plenty of time skiing the slower speeds and longer line lengths that allow you to ski properly and learn or maintain good habits. –Seth Stisher
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