Originally Posted by GarryZ
Hmm recently. You, oisin and therusty
I'm feeling a traverse -off coming up. Highway Star ,you want some of this action ?
That would be hilarious indeed. Seriously, Highway Star would clearly meet the "traverse test," extreme ACL risk and all. One of the curious things about him is that he fcoused his posting, at least, around K-Town when with a plane ticket he could have (and maybe did) hit different terrain.
For the benefit of this thread, by "good gravity traverse at a big traverse-heavy resort" I'm not talking about traversing/doing falling leaves/other parlor trick stuff on a well-groomed green or blue run inthe Catskills. As a base case, I'm talking about a cattrack where you need to keep speed and hold a straight line to make it to where you want to be, and to not be a hazard to others while you're getting there,where there may be a little ice or irregularlity here or there. Say, the Path to Paradise cattrack @SNowbird. Of course, to get to where you want to be you may need to take a traverse that is not a groomed cattrack, and depending on how long the traverse has been there and how it was set it can be not the easiest thing to keep speed. If you can't keep speed, it's also not a big deal, but see http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/53634/traversing-101
As a factual matter if one has actually experienced being arounbd large groups of instructors, many (far from all) can't even take a cattrack without lots of little turns. Add the fact that they tend to clump together for social reasons and it can be difficult to get around. View it as similar to my statement earlier in this thread that tele is viewed as being easier on the knees: an unremarkable, factual thing that, on here, may be controversial and scoffed at (as my saying that about tele also, initially, was). In terms of the focus of this thread, to be candid it can be tough to get stoked on taking lessons from people who are clogging a traverse and not being entirely clueful.
I'm not saying all ski intructors do this, by any means. For those who read, I initially mentioned gravity traversing in this thread in the context of stating an opinion that "blowhard" status in instructors seems also to correlate with the lack of ability to do some of these things. I think implicit in that statement is recognition of the fact that other instructoirs can do these things with no difficulty amd in fact no thought.
And again, I am not saying that traversing is some super-duper skill thing either. It is somewhat Epic that making a basic factual statement about a pretty basic thing is viewed as remarkable. Yes, Highway Star probably would need to polish some things to get a full cert but could handle traverses. It does require some basic feel and athletic ability and in some cases as noted maybe a better choice in equipment could also help. If suggesting appropriate choice in equipment and some basic feel and athletic ability tend to correlate with NOT being a blowhard makes me out-there, on here, so be it.