Originally Posted by Rusty Guy
I think what you have written is a very fair assesment. I would like to hear your opinion on one point.
I have a twelve year old daughter. She raced for a year and could not stand it. I have left her in the very capable hands of an examiner for instruction. When she skis with me I bite my tongue.
I know you probably don't get the powder/crud that we get here, however, I have noticed that a lot of the kids who are involved in race programs are fairly limited in terms of their abilities "off-piste" or in bumps. That's actually being polite.
There is no doubt their ability to tip their skis on edge is superb. Put them in 12-24 inches of busted up powder or in even an intermediate bump run and they flail.
when I started back into skiing in 2000, I skied a few times with a gal who was selling ski eqpt at Bob Ward's and doing some instruction at Marshall Mountain. she grew up racing and skied groomers and ice almost exclusively. I invited her to Club LT for a Powder Thursday and took her straight to Thunder, a nice feast of crud and pow and bumps with a couple of steep-ish pitches. she complained that it was all foreign to her, and her previously enviable turns became unsettled and her timing was off.
she admitted that this was a result of spending most of her free-ski time doing the same types of turns simply without gates. does that make it a coach's shortcoming, or the skier's choice of free-ski terrain, or a bit of both?
would a "good coach" INSIST on diversity of terrain and challenge, including those conditions NOT encountered on race courses?