No, THIS is skiing -- "All day long at Snowbird or Jackson, I can watch great skiers blasting through crud, flying through trees, and launching unbelievably crazy cliffs and sticking the landings."
|Originally posted by BakerBoy:
</font><blockquote>quote:</font><hr />Originally posted by Bob.Peters:
What I *seldom* see (almost never, actually) is someone making crisp, clean, *fast*, short-radius carved turns on steep, hard snow. Leaving tracks behind that show no skidding or braking. Turns that anyone could watch and say "THAT is skiing!".
Thanks for pointing out that little gem of unintended irony. [img]redface.gif[/img]
What I failed miserably in conveying is my belief that there are a lot of exceedingly good big-mountain skiers who might have at least one technical hole in their repertoire. It's a racer turn, for sure, but I really believe the ability
to make it is an important fundamental building block for a true expert skier. And, it's a turn that I feel a very high percentage of self-instructed experts cannot make.
What I was trying (poorly) to say is that if you hang around a big mountain very long, you'll see a lot of skiers who can ski *almost* everything on the mountain - steeps, chutes, bumps, crud, etc. - like rock stars. And I'm certainly hugely impressed by people who can ski that way.
But... if you put them all behind Tommy Moe on a steep, hard, groomed run and tell them to stay *in* his tracks on short turns, I'm willing to bet 99%+ of them can't do it. If I'm right (and I really think I am), that means Tommy has a skill the rest don't, and that makes him more of an expert than most everybody else.
None of this is intended to downgrade anyone in any way. I'm just saying that there's a skill out there that most good skiers don't possess. And going back to Bob Mc's original question, I think it's a skill that is best (easiest?) learned through formal instruction.
Pierre, thanks for the backup. Maybe you and I are the only ones watching for pure carved turns. I can't even make 'em, but I love to watch 'em.