There is a FASCINATING discussion going on at Epic Ski, Jill I. just brought it to my attention. Check it out, and I am curious to hear what you think.
The jist of the conversation is: should women be judged by different criteria to make the Demo Team? (Should there be x number of spots for women on the team?)
Why are there so few women on the team? is it because women are not motivated to try out? Don't ski as well? Aren't chosen because the men are better?
Here's my take, and personal feeling. Most of the women that ski hard enough to make the team are sponsored free-riders who are about 18-23 years old and are not instructors. The cross section of female ski instructors at the Academy and other events seemed to be generally happy with their skiing level, wanting to improve somewhat, but not ever dreaming that they could ski hard enough to make the team.
I think that to change this, PSIA and individual ski schools need to recruit, encourage, and challenge young women! The Demo team needs a bigger presence in ski schools, the general public should know more about it, and they should market specifically to the future of the demo team, girls 14 and 15 who might try out in four cycles or so.
Here is my personal feeling about a "women's quota" at the try outs:
NO THANK YOU! I want to make it to the team on my own merit. I would be SO disappointed if I Made it to "one of the spots for the girls" Right now, its a Team. Not 5 spots taken from good skiers and saved for the PC girls quota. No thanks.
As long as i am welcome, encouraged, and proud to be at try outs, thats all I want. A fair chance to win my own spot.
What do YOU think?