Man has always had a herding tendency which is evidenced in the financial markets. (the more one understands the market the less likely the chances of following the herd over a cliff) The in ski style is not always the best style for every situation i.e., turn size, shape, terrain, snow etc. (the more one understands skiing skills the less likely to use the "in" style when not practical)
If one is not confused but understands they are less likely to do what the majority is doing if the majority is wrong. In arenas where individuals are confused they are more likely to herd.
Mans mind is so constituted he can not keep all his knowledge & values in his focal awareness. Yet in order to survive, he must have some means of triggering instantaneous appraisals from his subconsciuos in response to his perceptions of the situations he incounters. If, for example while crossing a street, a pedestrian precieves a truck careening @ breakneck speed around the corner in his direction , rather then carrying out a consciuos thought process, his subconscious instantaneously assesses the gravity of the situation & he responds automatically by lunging to safety. Providing the mind with lightening like appraisals, while bypassing any undue, lengthy thought processess, is the function of emotions.
Emotions are automized value-responses issuing from the subconscious which, within the context of an individuals knowledge & values, indicate is "for him " or "against him"
The motivational function of emotions is evidenced by the fact that every emotion has a kinesthetic element, or moter component, experienced as an impetus to engage in some action related to the particular emotion involved. Love, for example, is an emotioal response to that which one values most highly; it prompts one to act to achieve contact or gain possesion of that value. Fear, on the other hand, is an emtional response to that which threatens one s values, & it prompts one to avoid that which arouses the fear.
If one has strong skiing skills & understanding would the odds not be higher that mind & emotions will over ride the limbic system to ski based on the appropriate way for the given situation when the herd is skiing differntly.
Whos going to be a better skier ?
A skier whos primary focus is to develope strong skiing skills so they have the confience to come in contact with that which they value & avoid that which they fear.
A skier that primary focus is to not focus on skiing skills but to fit in with the herd & do what the herd is doing