Originally Posted by weems
LOL The point is that skiing Powder is just like anything else in life, the more you do it the better you are at it. Practice builds experiance and experaince builds skill. The same goes for skiing ice, I wouldnt expect someone from Baker, Alta etc, to be nearly as proficent on bullit proof groomers as a skier from the east coast. Nothing pisses me off more than people trying to teach others skills when they are not exactly profeccent at them.
I know this is going to open up a hudge can of worms, but here we go:
I have NEVER EVER seen a ski instructor with the "PSIA style" proficently and efficently ski powder and espically steep powder runs. Think about it have you ever seen a skier with the "psia style" published in a national ski mag? I think thats a good attestment to the fact that those teaching need more experiance so that they can accuratly teach waht really works, not jsut some theorys.
BTW we actually have 800+ inches so far this year
Okay Grant, you made your point, we all suck. Fine. You know, at first I was miffed by your post, but then I dug out some old photos from 1979 in the Yellowstone backcountry of me skiing powder on Dunraven pass in Febuary. (I saw your age
). Great memories. That my friend,,,was old school. 210 cm skis (no metal edges of course), three pin bindings and thin, ankle high leather boots (kinda like a redwing work boot with a square toe). And ya know what? I still looked GOOD! Powder pushng up into my waist. Yee haw. Great hand position, and good angulation too. In the picture, I can't tell if I was using alpine or tele techique, because you can't see my legs. Either way, the same things make a ski turn.
I don't know what you see as PSIA skiing, but I for one learned to ski long before I ever had a lesson or taught skiing. I don't want to make you ski like me, and I probably don't ski exactly like you. This is good. This is why we can always tell our ski friends by their personal style. I am one of your PSIA instuctors though. I teach because I want to share my love of skiing with othes and I enjoy people.
I guess we both need a lot more experience. At least I hope I get a lot more experience in powder, don't you? I salute your passion for skiing MBS. Later, RicB.