I couldn't agree more, BigE!
Originally Posted by BigE
I really feel sorry for Max when he posts.
Everytime he says "I do it like this...." there is a knee-jerk reaction where folks attempt to discredit the system that taught him to ski. The absurdity of some of the postings people make to try to do so is truly Epic. It would be a laughable situation if he could not actually ski, but in fact he does ski quite well.
It's as if there is a fatwah against his technique, including movements that are being taught by traditional ski schools. I find it bizarre.
It's too bad really.
Sadly, this happens all too often when Max participates in technical discussions on this forum. I can't believe the condescension that inevitably comes out in these types of discussions. I used to feel sorry for Max every time he started one of these threads, but I've come to realize that he's simply a technique theory masochist.
From what I have seen, Max has appropriately started a branch discussion from a previous discussion on another forum, and opened the topic up for dissection in a more appropiate place. I think it's a great topic, and should encourage some heated (yet professional) debate, but instead has spawned accusations of argumentative intentions and "stealing" thread titles.
And JASP, nobody precluded you from participating in this discussion over here. Max didn't need to, nor doesn't have to ask you [exclusively] a direct question on this thread. You're still welcome to respond to it, just like everyone else.
Let's remember that there really is no "right" or "wrong" in skiing, and "better" or "more efficient" or "easier" skiing is a matter of individual perception and opinion. It's important to take note that Max (and others) try to express that in their responses (most of the time) by coming from the viewpoints of "I do it this way" or "This is what works for me" or "Yes, I recognize that as an alternative way, but I don't agree it's the best way."
Perhaps if we keep some of these things in mind, these discussions will be more productive, (i.e.,
less "tedious and tiresome") with more participants, and we all may grow a little in our skiing knowledge and ability. I, for one, am planning on taking notes from this thread and experimenting on snow for myself... even those ideas I disagree with in theory.
And if we disagree with another skier, why can't we just agree to disagree, and recognize and respect our adversary as a fellow ski enthusiast who is happy with their own techniques and styles? Why does it always have to come down to denigrating other coaches, organizations, and associations?
Let's try to raise the level of interaction so that our forum can provide us more stimulation and less aggravation.