Originally Posted by vail snopro
My purpose in creating this thread is simple. It is that those who deem themselves qualified to evaluate and comment upon another person's skiing remember that even their experience and understanding limits them to a subjective opinion of anothers performance.
When they themselves are critiqued, the first thing they might think is "How do you know what I was feeling, intending, or experiencing?". And therefore, the analysis is viewed to be tainted.
Everyone is subject to this same result. I don't care what level a skier you are, or what level of experience an instr might have. It is the same for everyone.
I don't think anyone on this site thinks of Skiing as something that is quantifiable. I mean, you'll get those who talk about vectors all the time, but I don't think even they get on the snow and calculate the correct edge angle for the day's conditions. I'm pretty sure talking about that stuff just helps them pass the time during summer. You'll notice how a lot of the REALLY technical stuff dies down every winter, to be picked up again around July.
Since "the art" of Skiing (to use your parlance) is unquantifiable, you're right, every time advice is given, it's just a subjective opinion based on limited information. And I still contend that people here have learned to take all advice with a grain of salt (sand?). I mean, really, what happens when a video is posted anyway?
First, there are stock reactions. Feet too far apart or too close together; weight too far back; hands not up; too much up and down movement; etc. You know, first reaction type stuff where people describe what they are seeing without offering anything else. Second, someone says something intelligent, and a bunch of people pile on with the same advice that was already described very well by the first guy. Third, someone else comes in with some outlandish theory and insane presciption that would probably lead to worse skiing rather than better skiing. Finally, two people argue over this way vs. that way (which almost always devolves into a system vs. system argument), everyone else stops looking at the thread, and the original poster is never really satisfied with the advice he received.
No, everybody on this site knows better than to take all advice given. People recognize the subjectivity of the comments, and pick and choose what they want. You caution people to take all advice as an opinion, but I feel as though people already are.