Originally Posted by BigE
This is a fundamental concern -- how can the ATS teach sliding ski technique if the teaching is rooted in slipping ski technique?
Which is why we focus on skills, movements and the blending of those skills into a variety of techniques. It ain't rocket science and it certainly is not a teach only one or the other situation. Any concerns that the psia skill set does not grow versatile skiers able to carve or skid at will is simply unfounded, or misunderstood.
On my mountain, the only people that are really interested in carving are instructors and racers. Most skiers at Bridger think of carving as only the quickest way to cruise the groomer back to the lift to get back to the steeps, bumps, and powder.
If you think of a pivot as being a 1 and a pure carve being a 10, we teach the movements and skills for the skier to use their skills to achieve versatility throughout the whole spectrum, from 1 to 10.