|Elaborate? Or rather do you want to ski
- counter rotated
- knee angulated, A-framed
- no pressure on the inside ski
- aft pressure on outside ski
all the time or some of the time on the mountain?
Originally Posted by telerod15
Meaning pretty relevant I would say, Cliff Taylor introduced using graduated length skis for learning which is universally used today and some are even using direct-to-parallel progressions again!
Cliff Taylors introduced GLM to the skiing public in the late 50's. The impact was immediate and profound. GLM increased skiing numbers faster than anything that had come before and up to the introduction of shape skis. GLM was a boon to the industry as a whole and every serious person out there rushed to jump on the band wagon.
Bode is a skiing sensation who has introduced a style and a personality that is contageous. His contribution to ski racing more than anything will be to increase the number of ski racers throughout the country.
Cliff Taylor's method of GLM introduced many inefficiencies in skiing that became mythical in nature and became the "way to ski". So widespread were those myths and so persistent that we as ski instructors encounter them every day in our lessons. People pay us many millions of dollars per year to try to remove those inefficiencies that are expoused in every cafeteria.
Cliff Taylor's contribution was immense and I can thank him for my staying in skiing however I am still fighting the things that I engrained in my skiing long ago from GLM.
I see similarities in racers rushing to copy Bode's inefficiencies as gospel. Its easy to do as many racers already do them but, now the have the justification to continue. "If its Ok for Bode its Ok for me". Those same racers will pass that information to the next generation of racers from here to who knows when. For years to come, the upper crust of race coaches will spend the bulk of their precious time trying to kill these myths.
I for one welcome Bode's contributions to the sport as their will be renewed interest in skiing as a whole but, I also fully understand the un-intended consequences that will result for his extrodinare balance and ability to read terrain and unorthodox style. I think we can talk here on Episki until we are blue in the face and the stage will still be set for all future top level race coaches. I am certain this is why Rick started this thread.
I for one have already been bomarded from other ski instructors with "Well that is what Bode does when I watch his tapes in slow motion so it can't be inefficient". My attitude when I hear that is "Ok, if you want to ski that way go right ahead. I certainly will not stand in your way".