Originally Posted by Metaphor_
bts, what model would you propose?
More specific definitions of movement patterns we need for skiing. Meta, CSIA is already a step ahead of PSIA in that regard even though I may not agree with some of their choices, at least they are defining those movement patterns and if you watch their demo team compared to ours on the interski videos, it shows in their consistency.
The PMTSers of course have very narrowly defined and specific movement patterns, there is no grey area or wonderment of what to learn with them, but I don't particularly think things should be quite that narrowly defined. There is room for a few different approaches but those approaches should be defined in detail in terms of specific movement patterns, ideally with pros and cons to different approaches.
The skills concept is convenient because PSIA has been able to skate away from those difficult technical details and dummy it all down so that a level 1 instructor can just focus on one of those skills and perhaps gain short term improvement by the end of a single lesson. But long term advancement only is going to happen when certain movement patterns are mastered. These are not learned over night and 99% of skiers will not stumble onto it by trial and error with blending of the 4 skills. You can reach only a certain level of mediocre competency that way then you will hit a glass ceiling, like so many of my peers who are just flabbergasted that after so many years they just can't seem to pass that blasted L3 ski exam or sometimes even the L2.
Specific movement patterns have to be learned. Go to any cert prep clinic at your local hill and the clinician will be trying to show you his take on those. But PSIA has not defined them and different clinicians will tell you opposing points of view because there is no definition and direction from above. Just the skills concept which simply does NOT teach anyone how to actually ski well, particularly high end skiing. Often it leads people to learn dead wrong movement patterns that could take them a decade or more to finally realize its holding them back and try to unlearn it.
Hey if PSIA or CSIA take more of a stand on specific movement patterns, it's possible some of us may not agree, but over time I think they will adjust those movement patterns and zero in in effective skiing with documented details of how. Right now they evade accountability by using the skills concept and just leaving it to us to argue ad debate and go different directions and as an org we can't even learn from our own mistakes when we have avoided that accountability.