Originally Posted by markojp
Maybe less talk about photography, and more about skiing, eh? In both cases, time on task is extremely beneficial. :)
Sorry markojp, I just think both have so much in common in the context of this thread. Lets talk more about skiing. On the impact of ski designs and techniques, I observe that there are 3 main camps of skiers.
In the middle, probably the majority, are the pragmatists. They are interested in new skis, their pros and cons. They demo new skis and seek advice in the Gear Forum here and elsewhere and typically get very good input from knowledgeable folks to buy skis that enable them to ski better with more enjoyment where they ski.
Then there are the "it's the ski" ideologues. Actually they know skills are important too, but they think they themselves are pretty good and any difficulty they have is due to the skis that can be fixed by getting new skis. Ski manufacturers and some shop owners love them. Their ideology is reinforced by technology because there likely exists a pair of skis that alleviates a particular problem of theirs by making a compromise somewhere else that they are not aware of. The quest for the perfect skis and quiver continues.
The third camp belongs to the ideologues who typically learned to skis a long time ago and probably ski rather well. They have an irrational disgust for the ease technogy brings to the uninitiated skiing masses. Many points they make are actually valid in certain contexts, but their overall attitude and adherence to dogma make them sound ludicrous.
You may wonder where I fit in. Naturally I think I am in the middle, but I didn't get there right away. I came here, boy, more than 6 years ago to learn about skiing after getting the snow addiction. I asked questions, argued what I thought didn't make sense and annoyed some people who thought I had some hidden agenda. But I also got good info from many folks. I threw away my straight skis (given to me by a very good, much older skiing friend who scoffed at the new skis) and bought a new pair with deep sidecuts. I settled on learning how to ski "properly" mainly from internet, books, and videos of a particular school. In SoCal I skied pretty much on groomers all the time and post videos here and elsewhere for MA. I did buy new carving skis. The folks whose writing and videos I learned from were no Luddites. IMHO they were very good and smart, they just didn't like fat skis.With time I became more proficient, and loved to roam around Mammoth when I could. I aspired to learn to "ski in the powder, not on it". But I didn't have enough powder days to learn. I didn't like flailing while others who I thought skied worse than me were having a great time. What the heck, I decided a couple years ago to come here, asked more questions, and as a result bought a pair of Legend 94. I know they are not that fat, but you have to remember where I came from. As luck would have it, it dumped hard soon after my skis arrived and I had a wonderful, eye opening experience that I wrote about here with thanks to the folks advising me.
I haven't tried rockers and risers yet because I still have technique issues and questions I like to learn and experiment. But I can say I am squarely in the middle now. Not just about skis, but also about skiing. I remember the concepts of intent, skiing the slow line fast expounded here (by Bob Barnes, I think) and discussed at length. I understood them intellectually then but couldn't quite see the relevance. Lucky me, I didn't make any snide remarks because now that I don't have to fight for control on most slopes I ski on, I begin to appreciate the relevance and beauty of these concepts. I plan to explore them more, take some videos and come back here to share and learn more.