Despite the controversy, this thread has been quite informative for me. In many ways, people like BtS, Rick and even Harald over at realskiers, have opened my eyes to some issues in PSIA fundamentals that have crept into my own skiing over the last few years.
Things such as:
- Push-off the old stance ski
- Early re-direct (pivot) into the new turn
- Too much inside foot pressure
- Loss of outside foot dominance to finish with a strong carve
- Some lack of separation and counter
These are evident to some degree in many PSIA skiers and, of course, they are evident in my skiing. Would CSIA instruction fix these issues for me? I doubt it, since even CSIA displays some of these problems. I assure you that I now see these problems almost everytime I observe instructors at my local hill.
Sadly, it takes personal research, lots of reading on EpicSki and even realskiers to point these things out (repeatedly) so that I can clue in and do something about it. But now I have a clue and I have something to work on.
Mind you, I don't expect to completely eliminate some of these "issues" from my skiing. Frankly in some situations I will want to use these techniques (strong push-off, cross-over, early redirection/pivot, etc) to save my butt. However, I don't want them to be ingrained into every freaking turn I make.
Anyway, I hope people enjoyed the discussion as much as I have.