Originally Posted by SoftSnowGuy
Plus, who among us has the kinestetic awareness to know if their shins are really parallel with their back?
I must be a kinesthetic genius, because I usually have a fairly good idea of that relationship. I can tell if my knees and ankles are flexed (resulting in a greater shin angle), and I can tell if I'm leaning forward or back. Sure, I can't tell you if the angles is exactly the same, but I can tell if they're close.
It's interesting that, on one hand, you say it's nonsense to be concerned about said angles, but on the other hand, you note that excellent skiers do maintain the comparative angles. Personally, I don't care if my form is good because I'm a good skier or because I'm trying to copy the form of good skiers. The result is that my form is good, which has to help.
It seems that everyone agrees that, for the most part, it's good to keep these angles fairly close to the same. There seems to be a lot of disagreement about why
it's good, but everyone seems to agree that it is