I am curious to hear more about your experience JASP, I realize that was a long time ago, but still....what was your preferred methods back at that time and what did you have to fake your way through in order to get past it? I use the word "fake" lightly. If you were doing it, you weren't faking it; but you get what I mean.
Myself, I gave up trying to fake my way through the PSIA way and just did things my own way. In fact I will say that the day I passed my L3 ski I was all bummed out at lunch because I was trying to do stuff the PSIA way and trying to look the part, etc...and it wasn't coming off very well and I bloody knew it. We went up to take one practice run on SRT turns and I followed behind the pack, attempting to make sure I was doing things the PSIAy way...and it felt like absolute crap. On the lift ride I mentally decided "screw it", I wasn't gonna pass like that, so just ski my own turns and let the chips fall where they may. Went up, did my best retraction style SRT turns and nailed it. The examiner was asking me what kind of skis I was on, I guess thinking they might be SL skis or something, they weren't, just all mountain skis. Then we went up and skied a bunch of chopped up late season crud and my retraction style releases were paying off big time in those conditions, so I was able to shine like a rock star in crap even the examiners were struggling in a bit. I just skied with the turns I own and did so with conviction. And I did pass, but during the closing interview the examiners brought up the fact that I was using retraction style turns and some warnings about it. That was a clear example of open-mindedness in a good way. They recognized the technique for what it was, something outside the normal mold, and recognized skiing good enough to pass the exam. I did not particularly agree with their advice for improvement (more proactive extension), that comes from PSIA bias, but its ok, at least they were open minded enough to pass me based on ski performance, even if outside the mold. But the only thing I will say is that if you are going to ski outside the mold, you better NAIL it that day, if you're off at all, they will just say its all wrong and buh-bye.
I do not really agree with the idea put forth by some people that we can ski all the variety of ways like a jack of all trades and be able to ski this way or that way on demand in order to pass an exam or prove we have reached some pinnacle of ability that can ski any style on demand. I actually don't know ANY skiers that can really do that, at least not very well. In the case of retraction style releases I was and am still using, many little muscle activations are dead opposite of the PSIA way, and its just not that easy to reprogram the brain to do it the opposite way. It can be done, but the nuance and DIRT takes a huge performance hit. And frankly, a long time ago I realized I didn't WANT to continue doing it the other way, even in order to pass an exam. I have come to realize of so many limitations in the PSIA way, that I felt it was detrimental to allow my brain to program those activations into muscle memory. I was trying to just learn it enough to pass, and hopefully not become muscle memory...not an easy thing to do, and potentially a very damaging thing to do if muscle memory starts to conflict with the way you REALLY want to ski.
So THANKFULLY for me, the current open minded attitude of two examiners allowed me to pass. I know some other examiners are not that open minded and the most often feedback I tend to have gotten is usually about two things: they want to see me init my turns with more leg steering and they want to see earlier and more aggressive leg extension. In both cases I believe that feedback to be erroneous for me based on their lack of understanding of my way outside the mold. Sometimes they will still see good skiing and they want to like it, but they also want to see those blasted visual cues they think they are supposed to be looking for. I can see the hesitance in their face when they offer advice, but still they can't help themselves hehe. At this point I just listen to their feedback and nod and smile and internally go off to work out whatever I need to work out. Were they just confused because I didn't extend as early as they are used to seeing? Or did they think I needed more pressure during high-C and extension would give it to me? If I'm lacking pressure during high-C there are other things I need to do to get it, not extending earlier. I can take their feedback and deduce what I need to work on, but the visual cues they are used to analyzing are quite different for me and the way I prefer to ski, then the PSIA norm.