The reasons behind the decline of decent technical content on EpicSki has absolutely nothing to to with your "feud" between PMTS and PSIA proponents!
It has everything to do with the caliber of the half-a$$ed pros posting their respective gospels here, and the naive public willing to listen to them! There are so many of these skiing evangelists, its like trying to find something good to watch on TV on a Sunday morning. And the din of all their combined voices has drowned out the real content. So much of the JUNK I have read on EpicSki over the past several years has been unbelievably laughable! And like I said- there are people on here just dry as sponges, waiting to suck it up! I really don't blame them, because they do not know any better!
Let's face it- there are few pros, less than about a dozen I'd say, that are really on track with the content promoting contemporary ski technique. And most have dropped by the wayside. We have also had people who ARE EXPERTS in their fields, such as Physicsman, dp, and others who have, for all intentional purposes, quit posting because competing with the noise took more effort than they wanted to extend. I myself, quit posting for a long time for several reasons, and this was one of the primary ones!
Often a thread will get started with an honest question asking about a particular facet of technique. Most of the respondents have absolutely no significant training in contemporary technique and the others are just posting to see their post count go up. They are just regurgitating what they heard from some instr that they took a lesson with 2 or more years ago...
When a thread gets started asking for MA, everybody and their kid brother jumps in on it. Again, 97% of the subscribers to the thread will have had no training in analyzing skiing effectively. This is where several PMTS'ers jump in, because they feel they have a handle on some magic moves which are going to not only solve the person's problems, but world hunger as well! Then the thread gets hijacked into another "feud thread", effectively destroying any benefit to the original poster.
My thoughts are that good skiing is good skiing, but I suppose good teaching is good teaching. I have taught in 3 or 4 countries, and have the opportunity to work with top pros from at least 10...all different methods and styles....but we tended to agree pretty easily on the goal. The differences in the various "systems" was minute detail....
The real gems are the things that are the same...those are non-negotiable building blocks of good skiing. Ironically 95% of the focus here is on the minute...dare I say irrelevant...detail. The core building blocks....the common ground...is ignored. Instead we talk about 3 degrees this, and 2 degrees that...it is all garbage.
Whenever someone argues that they are right becuase they are XXXX and you are from XXXX which sucks....typically it means they really do not understand the system they are preaching.
Becuase if they did, they would understand skiing.
Keep in mind, that all of these "systems", CSIA, PSIA, PMTS etc are created for 2 reasons. The first is obvious, it is to teach people to ski. However the second reason, the one most people miss, and dare I say it.....the most important one, and the real reason the most systems were created in the first place (This is certainly true for the CSIA).....is to create a system, or a way to break skiing down into managable size bits that a trainer can give to a junior instructor so he can understand skiing, and then relay that to their students.
How you slice skiing up, is irrelevant. 5 skills...4 skills...3 Fundamentals...whatever....the key is to break it down to managable bits...once you understand....truly understand ALL the bits...you understand skiing. Then you can analyse any skier, in any terrain...and should get a similiar outcome to somone who did the same...but perhaps used "different bits".....
On a side point....just an observation...for me the real decline in the quality of the posts here happened when the "Racing Forum" was created...it caused a number of good posters to leave here and go there...this only helped to increase the number of crap posts to good posts in this forum...thus causing many of the good posters to give up.
I understand the idea behind the race forum was that race coaches would talk about "high angles" and "high speed" as for reasons why some "concepts" spouted by the less knowledgable were limited in their application. Thus instead of the junior's listening and rethinking their ideas....we just got rid of the top guys.....my 2cents...kill the race thread, and bring it back here...ski technique is ski technique....(although I gotta say, posting over there sure is nice...95% of posters know there stuff...and it is productive...but doesn't seem to have the critical mass to be "active")