It seems that with the growing number of retiring boomers, there's a lot of folks returning to skiing after a long hiatus. As someone who learned to ski 7 years ago, I never experienced the transition from straight skis to shaped skis. But some recent threads got me thinking: what are some of the issues we see in skiers from the straight ski era? I'm thinking we'll see:
Stomping on the ski to create an arc: no longer an effective technique. Instead focus on taking time throughout turn, allowing pressure to build, balance over outside ski.
Narrow stance: Inhibits high edge angles. Already discussed to death.
Lots of twisting of the upper body to "coil" the skis: No longer necessary due to sidecut. Turn from the lower body; allow the upper body to follow.
Crazy pole planting: not sure why retro skiers do this, but some appear to be "chucking the beer bottle" in the air on every turn. Why?
Exaggerated flex/extend: I think this was required to turn the skis; tied to the idea of "stomping" to bend the skis. No longer required.
Overall I'd sum up the changes in skiing that I see, in order of impact to turns, as relating primarily to pressure control, turning with the lower body, and stance. Can anyone think of other common movements of straight ski skiers?