Originally Posted by learn2turn
Well the bronze base looks awful by todays' standards. The entire body turns as one unit as if you made a doll out of stiff wire and taught it to ski. The wedge is way too wide to be efficient. There's a straight up-and-down knee motion that totally superfluous to the task at hand.
The advanced bronze is slightly better. It's more of a brushed stem christie than a wedge christie. The match is more by pulling in the ski than steering the tip into the turn. The thing looks less artificial than the wedge though.
The silver basic shows some nice simultaneous edge change but there's a pronounced up extension in some turns.
What's with the huge upward pop in the silver advanced?
I see that that series of video is still around...
I see that you ignore the Oro Base and Avanzato, and the freeride.
I see that we all miss the point here, at base level the moves need to be exaggerated so to allow students to see them.
As training progress and the eye to the moves refines, then things improve.
As our technique progresses, like in every sport, we learn how to tend
toward a "maximum results with the minimum effort" status.
Things would be more meaningful for a "normal" skier to demonstrate what they are capable of, when a given level has been reached, say after a week's instruction.
And, I still vote for a school where the wedge is taught.
I remember a long time ago, when I was a good skier, skiing acting as a demonstrator for a friend of mine who was teaching his GF...
His comments were "see how he does this, that"
Her comments, invariably were "I can't see a thing"
So, why he was seeing what she couldn't?
The answer appears obvious to me.
So, In a video whose target are untrained eyes, the demonstrators need to exaggerate the moves, else the value of that video will be near to nil.
To us, to our intelligence and curiosity as students, is left to understand that the "real" moves are quite smaller that what we see. That once we apprehend the basic, our work will be to refine, to smooth things down to near "perfection".