The Rohrschach line!
Wow--I didn't realize that this would turn into that famous ink blot test! Octopus...friendly ghost...squid..polyp...puzzle pieces...alveoli...what do you see here?
(Can anyone tell how many legs this guy has?)
|Of course a good skier needs the option of really rounding out a turn where necessary. It's just that we are starting to get away from the idea that those kind of turns ought to be the norm. The public obviously thinks otherwise. IMHO, I think it's a step forward.
Well, that's one I sure don't see! CDNGuy, I've got to think you're speaking for yourself here. I've not heard that from any other Canadian instructors (and I know a lot of 'em), nor do I see the trend you see in the public. If anything, I see a trend toward the more pure-carved turn--which is often equally out of control!
Several years ago, it occured to me that the new skis had produced a whole new kind of out-of-control intermediate skier. It used to be that the dangerous intermediates were the ones who had become comfortable with a fair amount of speed, but they could never get an edge engaged to control their direction. Now we have those who have learned to just tip their deep-sidecut skis up and ride 'em in a pure edge-locked carve. It takes little skill or experience to do this, and today's skis are very stable at speed as long as they're on that pure edge. But those turns don't control speed, and they don't really control direction very well either. Edge-locked skiers have about as much directional control as a runaway freight train on a curving track--and the same amount of speed control too!
|Really, what I teach is that are only 2 reasons to turn: 1. to go where we want to go, and, 2. for speed control
I'd add a third reason to your list, Lenny. I think that there are three reasons why I (and all of us) turn, three intents that dictate three fundamentally different techniques. When I can, I turn for fun.
When I have to, I turn to control something--either speed
(which I call braking), or direction.
When someone is turning just for fun, there is no right or wrong! If it's fun (for you), who am I, or any other instructor, to say you're doing it "wrong"? Personally, I love the g-forces of pure-carved turns at high speed. To me, that's fun, and when the slope is wide open and smooth and uncrowded, it's what you'll often find me doing. I know I'm not alone!
But if I'm in the middle of that pure, clean carve, and suddenly something gets in my way, my priorities and needs change quickly! Now I have to either stop
before I hit the thing, or change my line to go
where it isn't. And my technique will change accordingly. Obviously, "stop going this way" is a very different intent than "go that way." What could be more opposite, in fact, than "stop" vs. "go"? Intent dictates technique, and the movements of braking are the complete opposite of the movements of "going where you want to go."
I call it the "spectrum of intent." Three reasons why we turn, covering the continuum from pure carving to pure braking, with precisely and intentionally shaped turns--pure control of line--right in the middle.
Great skiing involves all these options, as needed, as desired, and just for fun. Great instructors can teach in any point on the continuum, depending on the motivations and needs of the student. They can tie the spectrum of intents
to the spectrum of techniques
to match the right movements to any specific tactic, task, and motivation.Intent Dictates Technique. Match your movements to the moment!
Well, the sun should have softened things up a bit up at Arapahoe Basin by now. I'm going skiing. To those whose season has ended, sorry to rub it in!