There was a context
change from her morning presentation to that in the afternoon, though I think you picked up on it (see below).
Her presentation in the morning compared 80’s technique/gear with current technique/gear - both WC Racing and Recreational. At the completion of her morning presentation she provided a too-brief glimpse of material planned for the next session without much context. I think that's where her intended message may easily get misconstrued.
The afternoon presentation discussed ‘Directional Movements’ and expanded on her recent article in TPS. The focus: How do we move (which way, how far, how quickly) in relation to our skis when migrating from old turn to new turn? This second session targeted TD’s, DCL’s, Examiners and TechTeam’ers and was intended to explore the degree
of lateral movement we currently teach vs. what was taught in the past (and why it was taught then).
Interestingly, just as her potentially contentious discussion started to challenge the assertive way we often teach ‘Diagonal Movements’ the Forces of Darkness
chose to descend and obscure and disable any questioning of the age-old Diagonal Move
I mean it literally: The lights went out.
The Auditorium's lights were snuffed. Campus lights were snuffed. The Entire Community’s
lights were snuffed. Not even Emergency Lights were permitted. They really
don't want us talking about this stuff.
Despite the difficulty of Darkness
our cheerfully unfazed presenter continued the exploration of lateral movement ideas. Putting aside her freshly obtained Light Saber er, Laser Pointer
she continued the presentation with only the dayglow-sidelight from a nearby exit door to illuminate her chair-supported demos. Devoid of Digital Projector in that consuming darkness, Deb still managed to direct us into the light … of her still-working, plucky little Laptop screen.
With this small (but oddly reassuring) Laptop light in the darkness - an otherwise distant and impersonal Stage Presentation
coalesced into a more huddled & personal Fireside Chat
. Very much like a large group of intrigued kids widely spread about a small but important campfire... Heh, she really needs to get a ‘crackling flames’ screen saver.
Originally Posted by borntoski683
…their lateral balance was not as bad before because of various reasons which we can hypothosize about here, such as limited ability to even hang it out there to the inside to begin with. The equipment restrictions and skiing styles had skiers skiing more upright if you will. Chances are if a recreational skier fell sideways...they fell down. Now if they fall sideways, they turn. But that does not neccessarily mean they are balanced.
I think this is exactly the message she was trying to convey in the afternoon session. Nicely stated.
On modern skis we can
make big lateral moves across our skis - as rapidly as we wish - and fully expect our skis to engage, hold and come back around. We recreational skiers no longer need much precision in our lateral moves since our shapely skis will forgive most lateral inaccuracies by rapidly compensating with corrective degrees of centripetal force.
Can we ski by diving over the skis? Sure - and it’s great fun if you’re looking for optimal dynamics and the sensation of a roller-coaster ride. Heck, it’s better than a roller-coaster because you get to vary the path to your hearts content. But with modern gear we also have the option of smooth and precise directional control - through more precisely optimized lateral movements.
(PS: Kudos to Deb for not letting the lack of light & power prevail and for completing the entire presentation. I think it actually made the place more inviting, personable and comfortable)