Well, OK. I'll admit that racers don't exactly "flop" from one set of edges to the other, and they are
smooth (or they wouldn't be competetive), but it happens so quickly that there is virtually no time spent in between, on a flat ski. I don't know why I am discussing this - I never wanted to talk about racers....I wanted to discuss intermediate skiers trying to make the transition to "expert," or, if you prefer, from a stemmed turn initiation to a pure parallel, carved turn. This is where Lito shines. IMHO, He'll get you there quicker than the standard PSIA progression, and make you a better skier - for maybe 75% of intermediate skiers. Harb is essentially right, too, but I get the feeling that he regards his technique more like a religion that requires total committment, wheras Lito seems more flexible, adaptable, and laid back in his book. I've never met either of the gentlemen, so I may be wrong. But I do think I'd really enjoy a day or a week skiing with Lito.
I guess that there are as many definitions of "expert" as there are skiers. I think I've explained what I consider to be the difference, and I can't imagine how anyone would have trouble telling the difference, using my criteria. Imagine that the skiers center of mass leaves a luminous trail behind him. If the movement is smooth, continuous, rounded, flowing, and he can do the same under most resort conditions - then the skier is an expert in my book. Most of these guys will fall into a PSIA Level 8 or 9 skier. If the movement is "Z" shaped, hesitates, sometimes shifts backward or to the side, and if the skiing pattern varies dramatically from groomed to ice to powder to moguls - then that skier is an intermediate. I guess there could be some skiers right at the cusp that would be hard to peg, but not many.
On the other hand, if you define "expert" as "Perfect, any slope, any snow, any time," then that is another matter. disski, your humble race coach may not call himself an expert, but if you think he's one, and PSIA thinks he's one, he probably is one.
|"Any stance where the skier feels best balanced, the feet are not locked and work independently, and can be used effectively in a variety of conditions is a GREAT stance" is almost word-for-word exactly how Terry Barbour (a PSIA Demo Team member) described a functional stance to me at a PSIA event.
That may be what the Demo Team says (it's what they should
say!), but my experience at PSIA clinics is that the clinician will tell me to widen my stance (to the point where it is slightly uncomfortable for me), then he will demonstrate a few turns like that, and then ski off with his feet close together.
: The guys at the top aren't dominated by dogma, but the examiners sure are! I think
it's getting better. We'll see what this year brings.
Happy Holidays to you all! May the Snow Gods look favorably..