Originally Posted by ssh
I agree... the teaching accommodates the student, not vice-versa!
Interesting question. In my own skiing, I am finding that I am having to stop doing movements that I have habitually exercised for years... decades, really. For me (not a beginner, at least), my old habits of pushing on the skis are very difficult to eliminate. I have been working on it steadily for two seasons, now, but as VSP and Uncle Louie will tell you, I still have a yip in my giddy-up as a result.
Is this what you mean, Ric? Or am I misunderstanding how you think they tie together?
Steve, I just never think of my skiing as having no active involvement. Sometimes my effort is greater than the forces, sometimes less, and sometimes equal. Hopefully I'm either actively engaed in creating these forces or in managing them.
I think alot of how we speak of skiing is really about how we want to think of it and not what is accurately happening. that's not a bad thing, but it is not always accurate, and I think it leads to all these disscutions about the right way to ski.
I don't have any answer, only to say that I try to always be active, try like hell not to be static, and really, am never totaly passive. The more effectively active I am, the less effort I find myself putting into my skiing.
I don't remember if it was ghost or BigE that spoke of pushing on the new outside ski. Now I'm not a proponent of really putting big effort in at this but, a person can feel like a simple leg extension is pushing on their outside. To someone else, they are saying they are reefing on it. It all really boils down to the individual. Chances are the person saying this was also making other movements that blended this into effective skiing. Just like when you say that you had no active involvement, you had movements going on that allowed things to happen. I would say that you "were" actively involved.
I don't know if this is making sense, but I personaly think that for clarity, we need to move away the idea that activity equals mucho effort, or over powering forces, and recognize that good skiing is always active and that effective activity reduces effort and is required to manage the forces in skiing. I could just be splitting hairs here Steve. But that's where we want to get to right, to the most effective and effecient activety? And that maybe much of the difference in these conversations is how we chose to describe and think about it mentally with really not much difference on the snow. Later, RicB.