Originally Posted by walkuphill
I'm always happy when I am skiing, and I can always be a better skier. As an instructor I find it essential to try to sift the chaff of This Season's Fad from the wheat of good foundational moves. There often seems to be a lot of re-labeling to the end of more confusion, and the fad is about calling something ABC this season when 5 years ago it was called DEF, but pretending that ABC is newer insight and thus better. I find when I focus on basics I get more skiing dividends, and when I focus on Hot New Topic I get confused, but that probably speaks more to my own perspective than anything else.
That is both nicely written and well said enough to find no chaff upon sifting. The importance of separating the non-functional residual of meaningless re-marketing of terms and concepts from basic fundamentals, many currently present while dating further back than Stenmark, is a huge key to reaching that next stage in expert skiing. The best example of this is how one of the very first things we learn as a skier, "keeping forward" [or what ever your preferred terms, I like "maintaining offensive calm (CoM)"], is probably one of the top three, if not the most significant, individual essential principals of skiing technique that most all accomplished racers focus on regularly. Being 6"4" and 210 lbs., I simply cannot afford to dick around with anything other than the very basic fundamentals anytime I wish to ski in a manner where certain risk and repercussions exist. God forbid anyone is in my trajectory upon losing my platform at the bottom of a turn while skiing fast. Honestly, I'd rather it be another skier than a tree. Anyway, at the risk of sounding macho (which I am but is besides the point), I only include this as it has always represented as quite a heavy bitch slap across the face whenever I ignore my fundamentals at the wrong moment and resulting in my head spinning in full rotations. I refer to this experience as a technical "exorcism" also for the immediacy with which it results in the requisite attitude adjustment. Now ... when I am skiing the non-steep/non-icy, I like to mess around with all kinds of slap-happy BS. As an example is what I refer to as a double pole plant gangster turn, a look only enhanced by the simultaneous firing of a spray of rounds from a tommy-gun into a row of cafes and restaurants across the street, slope, whatever. At least the kids go for it. Yes, fundamentals ...
Edited by Rich666 - 3/10/15 at 10:02am