...I suspect that the first post was somewhat intentionally elitist and, if so, I share her form of elitism...
So I challenge anyone whom this shoe fits. Track down a great instructor and take a few lessons. Compared with what you've already spent on your skiing obsession, the cost is probably just a drop in the bucket. Put off buying that next ski for the quiver, and get some good coaching instead. You will not regret it.
Would you be willing to trade some of your ability, becoming a less skillful skier than you are, for a new pair of skis? I wouldn't! But consider that many skiers do just that--they buy new skis instead of becoming better skiers. Seems very odd to me!
Why would I want to take lessons from someone - no matter how strong a skier they are personally - who sneers at my choice of equipment? A well researched and considered choice of equipment at that. Or disdains the skiing I aspire to? i.e. skiing that does not include farming little OCD style short s-turns down every pitch. Or who, while apparently ignoring very basic safety protocols, states publicly that I am "vain" because I have taken the trouble to become at least modestly educated about safety in the terrain & snow I ski or plan to ski. And who considers that fact that under certain conditions I choose to carry appropriate safety equipment that they think marks me as a hack. That includes wearing a helmet... And also happens to include equipment recommended by the resort in question in the OP.
In short, the OP was arrogant and ignorant. And if that form of elitism appeals to you and you support it, that's informative. On a very practical basis. Because I would not take a lesson from someone like that if I were paid to do so. And I mean that literally.
The best skiers I know are substantially "better" than anyone I have skied with from this forum - and that includes some very, very fine skiers I've met here (including nolo). They choose to use the very equipment that nolo literally mocks. Exclusively. So not only do her arguments fail logically as noted above in this thread, but also in terms of experiential "seeing is believing" type evidence. So tell me again why I should pay attention to her? Or to you if you line up blindly behind her? And if you choose to line up behind such misinformed arrogance & foolishness, why should in turn I lend your POV any credibility whatsoever - no matter how many pins or titles you have?
The sad part is that I'm the perfect candidate for lessons. I am aware of many of my shortcomings. I aspire to ski better. Given an appropriately skilled instructor with an appropriate attitude, I'd be glad to pay for a significant number of privates a year. But not from an instructor with the kind of attitude displayed here. Especially when I can so readily see and experience the benefits delivered by the equipment being put down by the instructional mainstream.
By perpetuating the silly myth that using modern design equipment that makes life easier and safer somehow runs counter to learning to ski well, you guys just keep making yourselves less credible and less relevant to thinking people who want to learn to ski better. No matter how much you puff yourselves up.
Rather than admonish people for paying attention to modern equipment development and how it is used, you guys should be pushing the instructional community (including yourselves) to get on that stuff and understand it deeply. To understand the technique variation appropriate to some of that equipment. And to develop teaching methods to go along with it. To understand the real pros and cons of different designs under varying terrain and snow conditions - rather than perpetuating unfounded mythology. And maybe to respect your prospective clients' aspirations and even insights, rather than mocking them. As nolo has explicitly done and as you seem to endorse. Until then, you and the instructional "mainstream" can go pound snow IMO. And I'll just continue to watch the best skiers I know and muddle along having fun in the snow.
Edited by spindrift - 3/27/2009 at 02:40 pm
Edited by spindrift - 3/27/2009 at 02:41 pm