Hello gentlemen. Need a 4th? Mind if I join you? I've been listening in on your interesting conversation for a short time. Ski season being over for me save for maybe one more trip, it's time for me to get back to my other passion, golf. Let me introduce myself. Started swinging a golf club at about the same time I started skiing, about age 10. That was 50 years ago. Golf meant taking a cut down 5 iron and a few smiley's (that's a wound balata ball with a cut or bruised cover) from dad's bag and sneaking onto the local muni to knock it aroud until they chased me off. Graduated to my own set a couple of years later. Blades the size of 3 of your fingers with aluminium shafts. I've upgraded a bit since then but I still have the old clubs and put the 7 iron in the bag a couple of times a year just for giggles. Costs me 10 yards but if I swing easy and without thinking if goes straight where I aim it.
Skiing for me at first meant wooden skis with leather boots. Mater of fact there was leather in the binding too. We'd haul them to the park and sidestep a hill to pack it. Maybe build a jump or set out som slolom gates. The season highlight would be when my dad took my brother and I to the local rope tow. 100' of vert and someone else packed it down for you.
I took a long break from both sports for 2 reasons. A son and a daughter. Just the way it worked out and I loved it. I've come back to both games. Golf was first about 15 years ago. Got some used clubs and after tons of study, one lesson and hitting a few thousand balls I got my handicap down to a 9 for a while. Play now to a 12-14. That's one round a week. I practice chipping in the yard several times a week though and although I normally hit only 5 or 6 greens in reg. I get up and down about 80% of the time. Oh, and I never get angry on the course. Well, almost never. A couple of years ago a ranger came up to our group at the 6th hole and mistakenly told us we were behind and we needed to play faster. I was 5 over at the time and he set me off on a tirade. I started driving the ball 30 yds farther than normal and shooting darts at the flags. Finished the round with a 2 under. 69. Only time I ever broke par or 70. Magical. Never happen again I'm sure.
Except for a lot of XC skiing, including getting certified to teach, I didn't ski alpine for 30 years. 4 years ago, my son invited me to his bachelor party. 3 days at a ski out condo at Whistler. Skied the mountain using a mixture of XCD and old school semi free heel technique and really loved it. The following year he took me on a back country tour and I got totally hooked. Now I have 2 BC setups, an all mountain ski, and a pair of slalom skis. Mount my own bindings and tune my own skis. Haven't taken a lesson but I'm making great strides with tips form my son and his friends who are all expert skiers.
So, my take on the question of technology helping similarly in golf and skiing as posed by the OP. Certainly. Especially for the average sportsman. With descent, modern equipment the average person can ski much easier in any type of snow and gone are the days of a golf ball going sideways as far as it went forward. Both sports have been made much more enjoyable for the average Joe. Technology won't let me hit the ball as far as the men on the tour or carve gates as quickly as a world cup racer but those people are athletes blessed with special talents. For us mere humans, the fun quotient has definitely been enhanced.
On a side note, this past winter on a ski tour, I met and skied with a fellow that had just left his job as a product manager at K2. He mentioned that there was some discussion in development meetings about releasing the Pontoon's. Seems some of the more traditional skiers felt they made powder skiing too easy and would enable anyone to do it. I've skied them and they were right.