Originally Posted by The Engineer
Except top level coaches say the same thing...
I think we've established quite clearly what top-level coaches say in this regard, for sure. For passive readers we've also given some quite accessible drills that can show how this relates to real-world recreational skiing. In terms of mindset, knowing that "float" is not some be all and end all can itself be quite helpful.
As for the socially-based denial, and even attempts to discredit real-world top coaches that we have seen on here, that also is somewhat transparent. If McNichol's opinions are painted as "drivel" and Ron Kipp, the USSA Alpine Sport Education Manager, is said to know as much about skiing as the abominable snowman knows about summer tires, well, that's not really serious, now is it? The new claims of posters to have "secret" knowledge?....
I actually do several of the drills mentioned on here regularly. Not only is leaving overlapping cuts or tracks with the same ski, where the tracks show near-instantaneous shift from one edge to the other, fairly easy, it is helpful to work on in other regards, for instance. It can make skiing less tiring for the 30 day/year (or less) skiers who may be reading this, and can provide much more control in many situations as well than a movement pattern that is more backseat and more reliant on a little pressure off the tails to then get unweighted "float" to help get the skis around.
Conceptually, letting the gear work for you is also a major point of most modern motion sports, whether MTB or in this case skiing. For those who want to do more of the work themselves, nothing wrong with that for recreation. The reason that doesn't work in a performance arena also should be considered by recreational skiers looking to get the most out of their experience, however.