Originally Posted by GarryZ
A central thread or sticky with agreed upon progressions.
Also the differant schools of thought can have their thread . The wedge progressions , the straight to parallel, and any deviating philosophy like the PMTS parallel beginner progessions.
This would not be a simple undertaking.
This has potential, IMHO. However, as Garry says, it would not be a simple undertaking. In order to make it useful and manageable for our hypothetical beginner, the moderation team would need to spend considerable time offering interpretations/explanations of some of what will inevitably get posted. The team would have to discuss many issues extensively among themselves to address issues such as similar movements but different terminology, places where progressions and goals actually differ (as opposed to just sounding different), advantages and consequences associated with each school of thought, etc., etc. The idea, I would hope, would be to provide a basic spectrum of understanding and motivation, rather than conflict.
Originally Posted by nolo
The problem I have with beginners learning from a book, video, audiotape, website is they may misinterpret the directions and create bad habits that later will be hard to break. Without feedback on what they are doing from a knowledgable source, how is one to know if what they are practicing is a functional or dysfunctional movement?
The point I am trying to make is that good instruction early in a person's skiing career is going to lay a foundation for future development so the skier can steadily progress. If the foundation is shaky, well, one cannot launch a rocket from a canoe.
This point is also highly relevent, and users of the forum must
be warned, repeatedly, that it may provide useful information, but that it cannot, by itself, teach them how to ski. The moderators should see to it that the consequences, both immediate and ultimate, of various less effective movements are thoroughly discussed.
Anyway, another opinion, for whatever it is worth. Opinions are like noses. Everybody has one. And the moderators (just to make their lives more difficult) will also need to make sure that opinion is clearly delineated from hard, cold fact.