If my primary focus was on learning how to ski I would not be as good a skier as Iam today. Long ago I realized there are so many differnt snow conditions, terrain, turn shapes etc that I could not learn & memorize how to ski them all. Instead of focusing on learning how to ski my focus is on thinking of how to ski. Many are confused on how to proceed with their skiing so they look to what the majority is doing & the crowd is often dumber then the dumbest person in it.
Focusing on learning how to ski can get expensive & it would not surprise me if the ski industry trys to make it that way i.e., constantly changing the best way to ski so the masses have to keep coming back for lessons for the new & improved which was new & improved x time ago. Each time they think they found the holy grail.
In my experience the best skiers are independent thinkers. Many have used a mentor for a short cut for finding out what they should do to improve thier skiing as well as what not to do. I always like to look to someone that is doing something differnt then the majority because it shows that they have been thinking & not just repeating with no understanding. Of course it is my job to think & judge if it is a rational approach to improve my skiing.
Skiing can be a fun game when one has confidence & skills to be able to control turn shape, size, type of turn, speed control, (single beat, double beat & even triplel beat turns to music) in differnt types of conditions & terrain. One can spiral turns larger & smaller based on fib ratios or make shell shaped holes, eliptical tracks, S tracks etc if all skills are learned. I think the thrill of the pencile line is over rated. For me I would have to rate the release of the compresion @ the end of the turn & turning to the beat of the I tunes as the ultimate high.