I've realized that as instructors, many of us focus on turn 'types' a great deal. I've done the same thing throughout my instructing careers. What 'type' of turn is my student using? Is it skidded, is it carved? Is it rounded, is it incomplete? Is it a short, medium, or long radius turn? Type, type, type.
However, the more I think about it, the more I realized that I may be on the wrong track. I realized it through the conversations that go on here on EpicSki most of all. Should we be focusing on type as much as we do? Or should we be focusing on turn intent more? Not so much what kind of turn we are having a student do, but rather what we want that turn to do for them. Or further, what that student wants that turn to do for them.
I feel like as instructors, we have a tendency to lapse into the technical aspects of a turn. Great for chatting around on these forums, not as great when we're presenting information to a skier. Most students don't care if they're learning a long radius turn, a skidded turn, a slarved turn, or anything like that. They care about learning how to do something better. Whether it be ski faster, control speed better, ski bumps, survive the trip down the bunny slope, whatever.
I know many instructors are already teaching in this way, and are less focused on turn types. I'm wondering if there is anything we could do (or should we?) to spread this approach to the larger instructing corps?