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post #31 of 34

There are motor vehicle operators and there are drivers.


One person sits behind the wheel and applies input to the vehicle to get appropriate response in which direction it goes and how fast.


A driver becomes one with the vehicle with the steering wheel and pedals as an extension of their body.  VeeDubya had a marketing slogan from decades back, they called it a German word Farvernugen, my deadhead sticker proclaimed Fukengruven.


Particularly good drivers feel and know exactly where their tire contact patch is on the road at all times and how much sideslip will overcome traction when braking or cornering in all conditions.


This metaphor set to skiing shows what driving the boards is versus holding on in the back seat.


Short answer, get out of the back seat, stand up and drive those boards.

post #32 of 34

I don't think this phrase has anything to do with "driving" as in "driving a car". It is referring to putting energy into you skiing to get more action than just what gravity allows, ie. using concepts like rebound. The "driving" here is the same as in "driving a nail". It is all about storing and releasing energy in your muscles and skis to create a dynamic skiing engine, not just steering down the hill.

post #33 of 34
Originally Posted by markojp View Post

Or Bostonian ... fahten around on skis.

Or Maine maybe? ... "Those people from away are fahten around on skis."

It does happen. smile.gif

If I did that more myself I'd probably be a better skier. Kinda what a terrain park is for, philosophically, right?

We could call it the faahten paahk.
post #34 of 34

Sorry for the late post, I was in Ecuador and Internet connection was spotty.


Couple of comments:


Driving the skis is best describe as make them work as designed with serious input.  Shaped skis allow easy parallel skiing by rolling the ankles for the most part.  Old straight skis didn't, you learned to dive in on the tips (drive) to get the shovels to bite and then roll to the side in very fast order.  Modern race skis require the same which is why for the most part they are not for modern skiers as they never learned to drive the ski.  As a straight skier up until recently, the change was minimal except for a little bit of time/stance difference, the basic input was the same (fun time).


Now for the Austrian comment....the translation is skiing, period.  The other is a literal translation and wrong. How do I know, I'm Austrian and then became Canadian.


A lot of skiers fail to learn to drive a ski.  After thinking about it on the airplane home, I think that's what ultimately separates the intermediate, intermediate/advanced skiers from the advanced and expert skiers.  Once you learn this skill set, everything else changes.  I don't know how to describe what this exactly means, but Ghost seemed to best describe it with his comments.

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