Originally Posted by GarryZ
mr d woulld you say that pmts and psia offer differant views on same subject and that trying differant styles gives you more tools to work with or way to personalize your movements to create your own personal style. or is it ,to you an absolute this way or that?i believe you are just trying to enlarge your knowledge base to become a better skier through an open mind. yes? no?
Is Mr. D me? LOL. Yes. I am seeking all info from any sources which may make me a better skier.
I do not think there is an absolute correct way to ski. I do think there are some things which are absolutely wrong in different situations, but there is more than one way to peel an apple. And unless you're trying to win a WC event, personal style is also a huge factor...even if it starts to become "wrong" by some standards...if it gets you down the hill in control, having fun and you like the way it makes you look...then what the heck...go for it.
Yesterday I was skiing with two pretty good skiers on and off piste. One of them was the director of a small ski school(who I was trying to impress) and the other was a hot skier who just skiis backcountry a lot, hikes to crazy killer lines a lot, etc.. The first part of the day I made all my pretty instructor turns..(the director offered me a job after the first run BTW), but later in the day I just started going for it a little more, skiing steep off-piste lines much more down the fall line, carrying a lot more speed than most ski instructors would in that terrain...it was pretty crudded out and I was airborne a lot...I wasn't really throwing techinque out the window, I still had style points, balance, making turns....but lets just say I wasn't "completing my turns" like most good instructors are obsessed with. I didn't hear what the director had to say about it..but I could imagine in my head him saying something dismissive about it...while the other free skier was giving me tons of kudos for how great I looked. (I knew in my head that I had thrown the ski instructor look out the window once I had my groove on).
Different strokes for different folks..
My quest for knowledge about skiing from many different sources is because my observation is that no one group of people has lock on the market. They all have some good points and weak points. The unfortunate thing is that if you try to get really involved with one of them they tend to want to pull you away from a generalized all-encompassing approach because they THINK they have it all worked out and want you to become one of the fold. But in my experience, they all have some strengths and weaknesses and true top shelf skiing only comes when you get outside that box and take in other concepts. My experience is that most people involved heavily in ski instruction get a little bit 1-2 dimensional in their thought process because they get locked into whatever system they are using. Race coaches seem better to me because they tend to be a bit more results oriented, but they can also get locked into that trap. The best free skiers I know are completely open minded about it(there are pitfalls to that as well since some discipline also helps in the quest for better skiing).
Its usually pretty obvious when something is working or not and if you aren't looking to spot certain tell tale signs that your ski teaching/coaching system has taught you to look for and just looking at a skier to decide if they are hot or not...then its obvious...