Originally Posted by McEl
Dead-end types of movement patterns that will never lead to better skiing in more challenging conditions or on more difficult terrain, no matter how much mileage or how much effort is put into improving it, is how I understand LF’s use of the term Intermediate Plateau in her question.
I hope this compressed list is helpful; making it certainly helped me compress the many, many movements into a manageable ‘short’ list – for purposes of deciding whether to affix the label Intermediate Plateau to a skier.
Mc El, while these are very good points, they are also suspiciously similar to the pervasive problems solutions thread and I am even starting to wonder if you are reusing your old homework. :)
My first thought about the intermediate plateau is that they are like snowflakes, all similar in basic construction while no two exactly the same.
A good "snowflake" analysis would/could include these 5 measurements of what we can call plateau occurrence factors for an individual skier:
1. physical ability (strength, flexibility and balance)
2. intellectual ability (acquire and employ knowledge of ski equipment, terrain, techniques, tactics,etc.)
3. accessibility (commute, work schedule, financial, other responsibilities)
4. motivation (a lasting desire to be a better skier)
5. ability for initiating lasting change (low and behold, this is the one that will get you if the others don't)
Rate your score on each of the 5 factors from 1 to 10, a 50 being the perfect score and a person who will not plateau. You lowest score of the five factors is likely going to be your main plateau antagonist.
This thread has been interesting and I am wondering what some of the same responses would look like under advanced skier plateau. Probably less relevant to teaching, coaching but more relevant to our own skiing.