Originally Posted by Trekchick
Notice, he's not asking.
There is a . at the end of his title, not a ?
You're right, the title could be an implied statement instead of an implied question. My question was why he wants to discuss it. I said the same thing that thousands of other posts stated for years. I wanted to know what Ghost was seeking in the discussion.
Epicski has many instructors who want the most effective language to help skiers understand what is important in skiing. That's a good reason to ask for input. Just looking for new expressions to express the joy and art of skiing is fine too, because talking about skiing gets the blood running. I just want to know the motivation, because I neither expected nor saw anything new on this subject. There are new things in skiing, but this isn't one of them, IMO. Perhaps I was harsh in my reply, but I really wanted to understand his thinking.
My own motives for entering the thread must seem pretty bizarre. There is a tradition in Epicski to perfect the language of ski instruction, not just for instructors, but for everyone. This is a good pursuit. But you might have guessed from my posts that I am a minimalist when speaking about the movements of skiing. Here in Kentucky I'm surrounded by people who have never skied, and I've encouraged many people to begin. Since they can't really learn from my movements, I have to use words alone, sometimes with video. I also used to coach soccer technique, and my brother is a (great minimalist) flycasting instructor. So avoiding redundant language about movement is really important to me.
Here is a reason I get passionate on the subject. My wife (now ex-wife...) has skied three times. She has a severe muscular disability. The first lesson, in the midwest, was fun for her, but very restricted by heavy adaptive gear. The second was glorious (in Breckenridge), she was free of the big iron brace with outrigger skis that she had used before: she has weak balance but can get back up on her skis after falling. She never was happier in a personal achievement... I mean in ectasy! After her lesson the next day, she cursed the sport. The new (different, male) instructor insisted she use the damn brace again, and didn't respond to her mild complaints about the use of that adaptive brace, a heavy truss with skis that resembles a bridge. She is tough, stoic, and hates to complain. He didn't grasp the critical fact that she had a good day before without using the brace. It wasn't just the weight, the intense pain, and the poor response of the extra gear, it was the complexity it added to her movement. It took over a year just to get her to consider trying again. I told her whenever she had the desire to talk about it: "You SKIED on the good day, you loved it, you can do it again, without the garbage. The bad day wasn't skiing, it was a lousy instructor screwing up your day." She had grown up and lived with unspeakable hardship from her disability. I wanted her to enjoy something new, something really, really fun. But now she is very far away.
I'm sorry TC and Ghost for this long ramble. I got very emotional on the subject, not from the actions of either of you or others, but from my own lost opportunities.