This phrase is a metaphor. What does this phrase mean to you? You may assume its meaning is crystal clear, but I find it curiously imprecise. I am asking for a precise definition.
For instance, "driving" a car involves:
1. putting the key in the ignition (old car) and turning it to start the motor
2. engaging the appropriate gear so the car will travel in the right direction (reverse or forward) with the appropriate force
3. releasing the brake and pressing on the gas pedal to give the car fuel so it will move
4. looking ahead and choosing where you, the driver, want the car to go
5. turning the steering wheel as the car travels so that the wheels point in the direction you, the driver, choose to go
6. "driving a car" does not mean sitting in the passenger seat.
7. Driving a car does not require aggressiveness.
8. Driving a car involves anything that gets the car from point A to point B using involves driver intent.
9. Driver education teaches a student to get the car from point A to point B safely and legally.
I know, I know, this is ridiculous. But still, it does erase confusion.
Can you divide "driving the skis" into baby steps like this (for stupid dolts like me) who are tired of pretending to know what this metaphor means?
Defensive disclaimer: It is certainly possible that many skiers on Epic "drive their skis" while being unclear about the meaning of the phrase.
Nolo recently wrote an article about a clinic she took with Jim Weiss here:
In this clinic she describes how he talked about "driving the skis." I am still confused as to its meaning.