Originally Posted by Highway Star
Sigh.......oh Greg.....I feel so, so sorry for you. It must be so tough to go through life with blinders on.
I guess this is what happens when someone fully buys into the racer/technique centric mentality, and is gullible enough to stick with it. Several people I know like that eventually got so turned off by skiing that they quit skiing entirely and took up snowboarding, because it was much more fun.
You are probably the least qualified person to critique my ski technique. I posted 3 videos, and in all three (note: here I am refering to the first half of the superstar vid with the headwall, not the second half which has been discussed in detail) I'm skiing combinations of terrain and snow conditions that you not only couldn't ski, but have probably never even encountered. If put in those conditions, you would attempt to apply your "refined" technique, yet would fail miserably. All the groomed snow perfect techinque in the world won't get you down those trail sections. Sorry.
I see you spend most of your time skiing the hills around Buffalo NY, which we all know is a skiing mecca. How is Greek Peak, by the way....nasty? I'm not disrespecting small ski areas, in fact, I grew up on one. Thankfully, my home area had many steeps, a liberal ski patrol, several obvious cliff bands, and off-piste trails. We had a very real alternative to racing....I've known several semi-pro (sponsored) skiers and snowboarders to come out of there. Have you ever seen a backflip performed at your local area, in person? I have, by multiple people. How about a floated 720, on 205cm gs skis? How about a double back flip over a steep 50 foot table top, by one of the lift operators.....?????!! The depth of talent displayed at this area is quite astounding......and I grew up there, hanging out and keeping up with all of them. My brother came out of there and went on to be a nationally competive halfpipe rider for several years, and one of the top pipe riders in the northeast......I've known more talented skiers and snowboarders than you'll ever meet....especially if you keep skiing around buffalo all the time.
My skiing is highly variable and largely self taught. I pride myself on my ablity to vary technique constantly, on different skis and on different snow conditions. I can assimilate new techniques very, very quickly. I have a few bad habits (specifically excessive arm motion and unweighting), but I'm aware of them and accept them. You have no clue about how many different ski techniques I can ski, or how quickly I can learn them.
This year, I'm going to ski 70+ days between Stowe, Killington, Sugarbush, MRG, Jay Peak, Cannon, and Mt. Washington.....I'm in a house within striking distance of all those areas, and have a pass at Stowe and Killington. At each of those areas, I will be constantly seeking the most challenging terrain and snow conditions I can find. Where are you going to ski.....Holiday Valley...and a trip out west?
I'll be around Stowe or Killington every single weekend between opening day and closing day. Any time you want a reality check, please feel free to stop by.