Everyone is different, go sit in the lodge and watch for 10 minutes, watch ski racing, we all have preferences, neurological, structural, cultural, that most certainly do effect what is or will be efficient movement, even within ourselves, the right side and left side move differently, which one is more correct? A person who continues to put themselves in a position to move, sense their movement, put themselves in an environment that allows them to explore their variable movement capacity with control will develop essential skills, and they will look different from another who does the exact same thing, even two people under the same coach/instructor, so who is better, or more normal, or more advanced? One has to be right and one wrong, right?
I see those differences among skiers every day I ski, too, Chad. I know most of those people out there are having fun. I don't think "intermediates," or even scared-silly "beginners," are necessarily having less fun than "advanced" or "expert" skiers.
Here is an incomplete list of movements that cause some of those differences we are both seeing, and the things instructors would help skiers replace them with, should one of those skiers take a lesson. I hope you wouldn't say that replacing these movements with something "more effective" would take away something good.
1. Dropping the inside hand/shoulder down and back after a pole plant (as in walking) -- replace with keeping the inside hand/shoulder forward and up during the whole turn (helps to eliminate banking, which directs too little "weight" to the outside ski and causes it to let go and slide out).
2. Rotating the outside arm/shoulder forward and across the chest through the turn -- replace with keeping that outside arm/shoulder back and low while moving the legs independently from the torso (very important to do because maintaining a more stable torso above legs that are turning more helps maintain balance and stability while the skier is in motion; that upper body rotation can really throw a skier out of balance.)
3. Leaning back or sitting/squatting with shins sticking straight up out of the boots, which allows the feet to precede the hips down the hill (aka, the skier is aft) -- replace with bending ankles forward inside those stiff boots and moving hips up and forward so that the skier's weight and the forces of the turn are directed towards the front of the skis (helps the skis to turn when the skier tells them to rather than resist turning and/or run straight.)
4. Quickly pivoting the skis around at the start of a turn, while edging and pushing on the outside ski to get a grip -- replace with a slower turn entry characterized by releasing the downhill ski first and having it lead the turn (helps the skis grip the snow through the whole turn instead of skidding out.)
When skiers replace these "ineffective movement patterns" with more effective ones, they stop looking so creatively different from each other when viewed out the lodge windows. The purpose is to help those skiers be able to ski more terrain and more conditions without putting themselves and others in danger. Maybe that counts for something.
Edited by LiquidFeet - 2/1/14 at 5:08pm