I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts, both own or owned one in the past, is it worth the price, etc.
biases aside and the lateral stability workout and improvements, do you believe or have experience either from yourself or others commenting on the machine that it helped w/ their skiing. obviously it is not a substitute, but just generally speaking what benefits will it provide in the skiing abilities of someone that uses the machine on a regular basis?
I have commented on the Skiers Edge machine a number of times on this forum, the latest in this thread:
Last winter I had an 8 week lay-off with a torn rotator cuff & a fractured humeral head. During that time, I spent a lot of time on the Skiers Edge machine. When done correctly this machine covers most of the things that have been mentioned in this thread. Stance, balance, explosive power, aerobic & anaerobic conditioning etc. As with everything, it is a plus to have a coach or trainer to help you along.
Lucky for me, I have my friend Victor who is a sponsored member of the Skiers Edge Masters team & a former Masters Slalom World Champion. Here is a short clip from last winter:
If you are confined or restricted in anyway, simulators like this can be a benefit. Of course, I will say the same thing that I tell all the kids when it comes to off season dryland...
"JUST GO OUTSIDE & PLAY!"
Personally, I think that the Skiers Edge machine can help refine or resolve a lot of issues & ingrain good movements even at a high level.