Originally Posted by 4ster
I agree to a degree. As I remember most of the folks I encountered who didn't like shaped skis right away had a "leg locked, heal push technique". I think it was actually easier for them to do that on straight skis.
This. ^^^ Many people who love their old straight skis are accustomed to pushing their heals. Thus, they are skiing as if they are driving a fork lift, rather than an automobile. At any rate, if this is how you ski, shaped skis won't feel any better. The heel push skid does not use the tool as it was designed to be used.
Originally Posted by TheRusty
But until you learn to drive shaped skis the way they are designed to be driven, none of them will ski as good as your old gear.
Shaped skis are designed to steer easily by tipping them and guiding the tips. This may be new for you, and like any change in the way you do things, it will most likely feel "wrong" at first. That's to be expected, and if it's too uncomfortable, stay on your straight skis, as Rusty says. You'll be happier.
But if you ever want to lay down those marvelous arc-to-arc trenches, make easy, round turns down the groomers, or accurately control your line and speed through the bumps, you'll want to learn to drive modern skis with modern technique. These things can all be done on long, straight skis, but it's much more difficult.
Skiers today are skiing terrain nobody would have attempted 30 years ago. There are several reasons for that. Equipment and technique are two of those reasons.
And don't try to teach your spouse. Teaching beginning skiing is far more subtle than you might expect, and she'll be much quicker to reject whatever you're trying to tell her than if the information comes from a stranger with credibility.