Originally Posted by MrGolfAnalogy
I know this isn't exactly an original thought, but there area lot of skiers who ski very competently with what is referred to here as bad technique. Despite the popular belief that these skiers are wildly out of control and a danger to all, they really aren't. At worst they are just a sore to the educated eye and frustrating because they are getting down slopes reserved for "experts". Pivoting and skidding can be used to produce controlled decents of relatively difficult terrain. Very much like the junior power wedgers, they get it done.
Good luck persuading these guys to take a lesson, they are having too much fun. To be honest I would rather see them in a controlled skid than accelerating out of control on locked in edges.
They do scrape off the snow and sometimes get in the way, but hey, it's a big mountain.
Originally Posted by qcanoe
Not original, but nevertheless well put and worth being reminded of more often than we are here. Many people, most people, even me people (more often than I'd like to consider) ... could be said to fit this description. Plenty of other Bears do too, believe it or not. Some days more than others, perhaps, but I'd say it was situation normal in the world of skiing as I observe it. I'm okay, you're okay. (If you don't know that dated reference, just ignore.) Pretty hard to argue against "too much fun," to use your expression. Does anyone NOT see this as the predominant pattern? If not, why not? Is it different at, say, Taos, where instruction is said to be more central to the whole experience for lots of customers?
I'm OK, you're so so.
I'll just throw it out there for MGA, that eye sores are a two way street. I can't speak for all pivot-skidders, but for myself anyway, looking at video of what is often touted as being "textbook form" around here, rarely elicits an "I want to ski like that guy!" response.
I've also seen a number of comments over in the "are fat skis being oversold" thread, which seem to indicate that a lot of traditionalists, and industry professionals view non-traditional skis as either inferior, cheating, or being responsible for encouraging unskilled skiing and bad habits. OK, if you say so, but from my perspective, the industry professionals are more worried about it than we pivot-skidders, so don't be too surprised if we'd rather plunk down for another pair of cheater skis, than for lessons that might improve our skill-set, that by and large, only industry professionals care about.
If I skied in constant fear of certain conditions, or terrain; found myself struggling with control, or confidence, then some lessons might be in order, but I would want the focus to be more on improving those specific areas of concern, than on turning me into a textbook skier. Pivot-skidders IME aren't interested in textbooks, which is one of the reasons we pivot-skid. Another reason might be that some of our role models are/were pivot-skidders too, albeit high-functioning pivot-skidders. Hard to convince someone who in their mind anyway, skis just like their role models, that they need a lesson.