Originally Posted by jinx
: i'm totally confused!! epic is wicked, i learned a lot about skiing and the gear by loitering around various threads, but now i got to that point where it all stopped making sense.. everyone is suggesting a different way of doing things
from various theads:
- should lead the inside ski
- should pull the inside ski back s.t. it's aligned with the outside ski
- should wheigh (yes, it's a bad word - read 'put pressure' or whatever) the outside ski
- should distribute the pressure to both skis
- should flex ankles and apply pressure to the tongue of the boot
- should maintain a centered stance on the skis (no pressure on the boot)
and so on ad nauseam.
edit: i avoided the stance arguments on purpose, let's not go there
Don't feel bad. I have noticed a few posts like this recently. The fact is most people are confused, especially those who post. On this forum about 5% is pure gold....30% is correct, but unless you know what they mean already, it can be hard to understand, this I would suggest is more of a limitation of the forum, what can be hard to describe in words is often real easy to show on the hill...the rest of the posts are pure garbage.
Often people take bits and pieces of things they heard or read put them together and come to the wrong conclusion. Remeber, you have to pass tests and exams to get certified, but they will sell anyone a keyboard. It is often difficult to tell who is right and wrong, but just becuase someone types "loud" doesn't make them correct.
My advice, as I have given before....is this: The trick is not to know how this technique or move is differrent from that move, the trick is to know how they are the same. Good skiing, is good skiing. I know some people argue you can tell the difference between top PSIA, CSIA, PMTS, Racer, Austrian etc etc...BULL! The paths to get there may differ, but the end goal or destination is the same. Top dogs are top dogs, any differences are do to their individual charateristics...a 6' 6" ft tall lanky guy wont look like a 5'8" tank. Has nothing to do with system they came up through. What you need to understand is how they ski the same...what they all do no matter what is the gold, the real fundamentals that you need to ski well. The rest is window dressing.
When comparing posts...remeber to link this: Part of the body to Part of turn (break down the turn into 3 parts...start/middle/end). This may help as I notice things get confused where people will talk about different parts of the turn or somtimes forget to clarify, and that will confuse things.