one of the best posts ever
I truly believe that instruction (even really good instruction) can only take a skier so far. After that, it's miles. And more miles. And learning from trial and error and feel and comparison what works and what doesn't.
And that's where I think the new skis have helped a lot of people become really good skiers. The skinnier carvers help developing skiers experience the feeling of laying the ski over on edge and actually *feeling* what that ski is designed to do. The fatter skis allow more skiers to get out there off piste so they can ski more miles more easily, more quickly, and with less effort than before. Those additional miles will translate into better skills if the skier has the time and means to spend a lot of days on skis.
So, I think there are WAY more good skiers than there used to be. I see it every day.
I've been blessed more than most to have put in more than one 100+ days in a year on snow, as an instructor on my local hill I booted up everyday. I was out of work for a full time day job for long periods and was able to really pour on the miles. Sure, I had world class instruction via PSIA clinics but once I understood what good skiing was and how a ski worked it was the miles that got in done. Do it myself got it done.
Once I finally jumped on the new technology (thanks in no small part to my friends on epic) I watched the videos in my signature (thanks mr nobody)for hours then went out and copied. More miles, lots of em. Tip and rip, let the ski design do the work.
I also see many more skiers on local hills skiing nicely.
It is a beautiful thing......learning what makes a modern ski turn and then "shaddap and ski"!!!
Kinda like you do now Bob!
Miles = smiles