Originally Posted by markojp
razie, please don't take offense as it's not intended... I truly believe that skiing a couple of tight, steep, chutes would quickly show you the limits hooking up in every skiing circumstance. I'm coming at this from a race background myself, and am a firm believer in the disciplined basics that race training can teach. Love watching vids of Marcel, Mikaela, et al... and love making big angles on piste myself. Hell, it's a lot of fun. I also know that we spent a lot of time free skiing as kids that help develop a breadth of skills and tactics that helped when moving west. Once in the west, there was a whole new world of terrain possibilities/snow conditions and tactics that could be considered that arc'ing 'em up wasn't going to address. The beauty of skiing is the breadth of possibilities and ways to make it all happen. Approaches that provide too much 'prescription' aren't that practical as the band of application seems to be relatively narrow. YMMV.
nah, makes sense - you're right, at my level I have to skid/pivot/steer on a double black and often times on a simple black, let alone a narrow steep chute - where perhaps nobody can do something else. It also makes sense that it's a combination of what's called 'rotary' and edging/pressure in those instances... with varying degrees of each, depending on many criteria, it's not all black&white.
agree - I don't get much variety, but freeski as much stuff as possible is the best way to improve as a skier... while still keeping an eye on technique, obviously
simple practice makes permanent, not perfect.
as to teaching it though, I still wouldn't teach 'pivoting' as a specific skill, but rather implied via drills/environments - coaches for instance seem to love the 'picket fence' with full gates for SL training, which is designed so it can't be carved (I tried once, not knowing that it was set with bamboos, straddled and had to retire for the evening)... I mean, it's not like we keep the kids in a locked carve all day, eh? however, I also see that most pivot in scenarios where they won't pivot anymore as they get better, be it a tight/turny course, ice, steep whatever. I was thinking out loud what may be the limits of 'can't do anything but pivot regardless of how good I am' I guess... I'm sure there's quite a few in the back-country.