In any case, I've recently re-edited the Crudology piece with some new footage, including some skiing from the recent Lake Tahoe 2012 Gathering, as well as a section at the end showing "who's who" in the video. Here's the new version. I hope you enjoy it!
As before, I've included very little technical detail--just a few "crudinal rules" to consider, interspersed through the visuals of good skiing in mostly steep to very steep terrain, in a spectrum of conditions from cut-up and wind-affected powder to downright obnoxious breakable crust, heavy spring snow, and stuff with imaginative but descriptive names like "coral" and "frozen chickenheads."
Don't over-think crud skiing--just let the images sink into your sub-conscious and then go out and play! Beyond just skill and "technique," it takes a balance of all four resources of Weems's brilliant "Sports Diamond": Power, Purpose, Touch, and Will, along with a synergy of the four areas of Bud Heishman's "TAPP" model (Technique, Alignment, Physiology, and Psychology).
Good crud skiing combines solid technical fundamentals with the adaptability, versatility, attitude, and willingness to simply be a skier--an athlete enabled with, but unencumbered by, good technique. Above all, don't forget the 50% Rule of skiing crud: 50% of great crud skiing is skiing it well; and the other 50% is skiing it anyway!
That said, the six Crudinal Rules are
#1 Zip Everything
This one should be obvious, unless you enjoy your pockets and everything else packed full of snow from the inevitable....
#2 Keep 'em going the direction they're pointed
Glide. Slice. Carve. Avoid braking (skis skidding sideways) in crud at all costs. Even on big fat rockered twin-tips, where you might at least get away with it sometimes, skis going sideways in inconsistent snow are just asking for trouble. Let your tactics--ie, your line--not your technique--take care of your speed, while your turning technique controls direction, not speed. Turn to "go that way," not to "stop going this way." (Search for "slow line fast" for much more on this in EpicSki's archives.)
#3 If #2 doesn't work, point 'em the direction they're going!
Yes, it's that important.
#4 If neither #2 nor #3 work out, console yourself with the fact that, to get a good taste for crud, you've got to eat some sometimes.
#5 Speed is your friend (to a point). Go faster than you can think about technique, as fast as you're willing to fall (but not faster--see Rule #4).
#6 Embrace chaos
Like bumps, crud will never feel like corduroy groomed snow. It's chaotic, like trying to balance on the deck of a sailboat in a gale. It's inconsistent and sometimes violently unpredictable--and that's part of the fun. Balance is nice if you can get it, and worth fighting for, but if you're out of balance, you've got to keep skiing. It really doesn't make any difference whether you're in balance or not--you've got to keep skiing and turning, either way. Don't be frustrated if some--or all--of your turns are not "perfect ski instructor turns." You can (and should) work on those and improve your foundation somewhere else. In crud, be an athlete, not a robot. Ski!
[edited again to update Vimeo's frequently changing embed code.]