Originally Posted by Bob Peters
Much as I like to prod Josh from time to time, I have to disagree with you on the video.
I think that video is a great visual demo of the falling leaf. I know that all the truly gnarly experts on Epic and TGR scoff at doing drills, but this drill is excellent at teaching people to understand that a pair of skis has four edges and knowing how to feel and control every one of them is important to good skiing. It teaches fore/aft pressure, side to side pressure, releases and anticipation.
I'm often really surprised at how poorly supposedly good skiers are when trying this drill.
Drills may be beneficial for those trying to learn basics, but are no substitute for instinct; something that can only be acquired through experience skiing real-world conditions, not a simulation. Even then, many skiers will never benefit from either drills, or real-world skiing. Some because they lack the basic coordination or athleticism to allow them to develop instinct, and others because they lack the modesty to admit they have room for improvement.
Some also simply ski for enjoyment, while others see skiing as a means to stroke their frail egos by constantly asserting their superiority, whether or not they can substantiate it.
I've dealt with Josh's before, all bluster and very little substance. Drills and outrageous claims do not an expert make. Trolls yes, but a true expert does not need constant vailidation, nor do they feel the need to beat others over the head with their claims of expertise.