Originally Posted by daslider
This thread has shown more differences in attitude than in substance (where there is general agreement imo). And at least part of that attitude difference is due to different perspectives on ski learning, what may be appropriate for early recreational skiers may differ from what aspiring racers need. Your interest may be with the latter, mine with the former.
Attitude boils down to whether one is preoccupied with the making of the turn as a single entity, an expressive feeling of movement at one with the mountain, or in managing the consequences of making that turn which is the requirement where turns are premapped and one is at the limits of capability. The former tends to describe skiing as an action, the latter as a reaction. Both are valid attitudes in their differing intents, but they do have different implications to teaching and where and how to begin.
This latter race-orientated attitude has prevailed until now, but I feel there is scope for a shift towards the other position for early skiers (with the option of moving into race-based teaching once the essentials are well mastered) which may explain why in contrast to the attitudes of your Mr Fast, mine have looked like the attitudes of Mr Slow (in the Carlo Petrini sense).
Did you even read that thread I posted (twice I think) just for your benefit in the race thread???
I was the biggest chicken you have ever seen - you could track my progress downhill by the small squeals of various types as I encountered any different snow or saw any people within about 20 feet of me....
I was taught (& still am) by race coach & racer ... BEST thing for me - heaps better than the "touchy feely" female I had before that....
"Just keep doing it you will get better "- NOT! - I had no idea what the **** was happening when I skied
"Enjoy the feeling of sliding" - NOT! I was scared stiff & no amount of telling me some people like that feeling was going to change that fear