Now lets talk about brain, inner ear, and vision because while I have seen people without legs ski, I've yet to see one without a head. I've always thought that what happens there was a given. Apparently not. Guess it should have been spelled out that the most important muscle in skiing is the one between the ears.
I think when the ideal that the feet have become the most important thing for a skier, it isn't a bad idea to point out the obvious. How about just taking away one sense that resides in the head. Lose your anticipatory abilities, how are his feet able to react compared to yours.
Well Chad, here is one reason why the bolded above may backfire. Below is an example of a skier who needs to work on her footwork (to include tip lead management, fwiw). As it stands in this video, we can see that Maddie is a very "hip-centric", "top-down" skier---but don't take my word for it, listen for the coach's MA, which I find spot on (I have never met Maddie or her coach). Please take the time to watch, it is very well done!
This skier will not be able to advance appreciably until she revisits and dials in her footwork. Chad, do you see the edging here is initiated from higher up in the "chain'? This is an example of why some here, to include myself, have been talking about the importance of foot first edging (note AGAIN! that foot first does not mean the rest of the body is not in motion at the same time!!!)
2:30-22:40 said it all for me. The difficulty she will have adapting to a change in the terrain. Whether it is better activation of the feet or above is going o be unique for everyone. It is i the relationship of the two and imparting that skill and kinesthetic awareness I think might be helpful. Activating feet changes the use of the body above, the inverse relationship must apply. If something is happening at the same time then there is no need to call it "first". I would hope the rest of her body is in motion as it is still attached to her feet and skis. It isn't that is in motion it is how is it in motion as indicate by he video. Activating feet reduces effort and allows for new degrees of freedom in her trunk. I struggle to see where implicating that also being able to attend to the organization of the trunk and refine the muscle activation/inhibition of predominantly sub conscious neural processes would be less important for an advancing skier.
Have a great summer all!