|Without the golfing standard of having a trusted personal pro, how can a skier know what she is doing well or poorly? How can he know if changes are making improvements or not? How does she know that her techique is as effective as it could be and allowing her the highest possible enjoyment of sliding on snow?
The answer is Nastar.
People can dispute whatever I say,
take it out of context, and spray
all kinds of crap about what they
"know" about carving. But the simple
truth is: ski racing separates the
sheaf from the wheat. You simply
cannot go very fast in a racecourse,
relative to anyone else, if no one
has ever taught you how to carve.
Nastar in particular is the closest
thing we have to "the golfing standard."
The handicap system is quite accurate,
especially if one can race a Nastar
course over multiple days of a season.
So, "racers" like Skiingboy, who can
really type a lot of stuff on his widescreen
monitor, can race a few days on a
Nastar course and see what kind of
handicap he can score for himself.
Everyone can post their handicaps here
so we can all see it.
Then we'll know who carves and who
Nastar handicaps are based on Dahron
Rahlves, who sets the standard at 0.0 handicap.
Tommy Kirchhoff KIR439 04-05 State adjusted handicap: 6.11
Gary Dranow DRA160 04-05 State adjusted handicap: 1.06http://www.nastar.com/index.jsp?year=2005&pagename=viewrankings&rankings =Overall%20National&agegroup=1
(look at the photo on the left; the far left is Dranow
whose ranked at number 9 overall nationally)