Thanks for the book title Ricb.
A quick note about race training and what I mentioned about memory cues. This fall there will undoubtedly be camps where racers of all abilities will be doing a ton of drills. For some this may seem like drudgery but experience suggests it is in those behind the scenes activities where ownership of movements occurs. Same for musicians who rehearse their music. In both examples I find it interesting that the amount rehearsal and practice time far exceeds the amount of time spent competing and performing on stage. It is only through that sometime laborious pathway that ownership and mastery occur. At that point, the racer can render that entire body of work into a one syllable memory cue. Same goes for the musician who at the mention of the song title can remember every detail about their song.
Bringing this opinion back to ski movements and developing new movement patterns, I suppose music might enhance our ability to grasp a concept, practice a "dance" and such but does the music then become the mental trigger that allows us to perform these ski movements? Seems a bit like Pavlovian conditioning. What happens when we take away the music? How do we access that learned response, or at that point does it occur automatically? Can we pick and choose when we respond that way? Seems to me that we need the freedom to pick and choose tactics and techniques on the fly. So only one response would be a limitation when the circumstances change, even if that change is a slight one. Since versatility is one of the hallmarks of good skiing, having a lot more well rehearsed options only makes sense.
This leads me to believe conscious decisions about the appropriateness of a movement must still be part of the task. In other words the activity requires a hybrid of conscious planning / navigating and an unconscious execution of the techniques we decide are most appropriate. Then we need to add the variable nature of the snowpack, etc. Something absent in the activities performed on solid ground. All in all, IMO the process is a lot more complex and again IMO requires us to avoid eliminating the details in favor of simplistic sound bytes. Especially when mastery of the subject has not been achieved by the teacher. Sorry if some find that offensive but no malice is intended here, just stating an opinion. Accepting we all are striving to move towards mastery and that not all of us are at the same place on that pathway is part of owning up to the reality of just how much work we still have to do individually.
SD, Barnes, and many others have walked parts of that path that lie ahead for most of us, listen to them, appreciate the value of their opinions, and if their opinions run contrary to your, seek to discover why instead of seeking to see everything through just your set of mental filters. A good practice is to take their side of the discussion and fully flesh out the details. When you have done that and still disagree with their conclusions at least you will know the specific details that separate your opinions. BTW, Bob offered me this very same advice when I worked for him and it isn't an easy task but it is a very worthwhile one.
Skiing well indeed starts in our minds. Ski well my friends.