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Thanks TDK6

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Originally Posted by tdk6 View Post
If your technique is correct and in order you can ski almost anywhere.
I know this is from a a very old thread (details here : KISS MY POWDER, http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=40416&page=2 post #41) nevertheless I think that the sentence above deserves being brought into higlight, a second look and a fresh discussion.
IMHO it is a so simple statement and at the same time immensely complex.

I know that this is more a phylosophical discussion than a teaching/instructing one but...it's that time of the year, and "Pow Te Ching" has reopend that door for me...

What constitues "Correct technique", does it exists?
Is that a set of rules, moves, biomechanical equations?
Is that "art" ? Improvisation? Fantasy?

Thanks TDK6, for bringing back memories of one of my instructors (in fact he
was saying the same thing you reported above).
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Dear nobody,

As long as we're waxing philosphical, this question is a good example of a question where conflicting answers can both be "correct". As discussed in the right and wrong ways to ski, there are some people who claim there is no right or wrong in skiing. For those folks, there is no "correct" technique.

If this is true, there are still certain fundamental skills used for skiing no matter what the surface conditions are. If you have mastered these skills, even if only to a small extent, under one condition you should be able to also do well in other conditions. So whether or not one believes in the concept of "correct" technique, there is widespread agreement among professionals that powder/crud/ice/mogul/etc. skiing is not so fundamentally different from groomed snow skiing that the basic skills are not easily transferred. Please note that there are some new skills in "other conditions" skiing that need to be learned in addition to groomed snow skills (e.g. 3 dimensional travel in powder and absorption/extension in moguls).

PSIA describes the fundamental skills as balance, edging, rotary and pressure. Other teaching systems have similar fundamental skills concepts but categorize them differently.
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