Originally Posted by GlenPlake
And you mention that it says "a lot about my skiing." Does that make you feel better about yourself? And i guess plake, schmidt, and mahre were worthless skiers when they used older plankers. In fact, i'm surprised that they could even have olympic skiing events before 1990 given the terrible nature of straight skis.
That was me, not Greg. And it does say a lot
about your skiing. I've been skiing for 36 seasons, and still have a lot to learn. For the first few, I lived 5 miles from the local area and skied almost every day. In high school I was coached in racing. Then, I took some years off from being coached, until I took on training starting in the 03/04 season and began learning just how much more there is to learn and to do.
I have skied with Schmidt (not that I could keep up with him at Squaw). A number of the folks on this board taught with the Mahres, and many of the concepts about skiing discussed on the technique forum come from those folks.
The point is this: if you find little difference between old-style pencil skis and newer skis, enjoy them. However, don't for a moment believe that it's a general truth that most people will not benefit from modern skis in all conditions. Also, you would do well to consider that it may very well be your technique and skills that have you believing that the pencil skis are as effective for any conditions as newer skis are. The difference that skis offer in the past 5 years is so dramatic that in my view it's a completely new sport. It's easier to learn how to ski well, but it does take some coaching. It also takes coaching to move from traditional technique to more effective technique on modern equipment.
You may choose to deny this yourself, but as someone with far more skiing and study under my belt than you have, I feel it is important to communicate this for those who will not be so resistant to the truth.