I "Did my Thumb" early this season. Torn lig. on Sunday, self diagnosis via internet on Tuesday, surgery on Thursday, and a sled handling clinic (Bumps on Killington Superstar) on Saturday.
I skied without poles for 5 weeks, and as a patroler, ski without poles often on equipment carry tasks.
I have always had poor pole action. Rather a hard stike on fast groomers and a tendency to carry my weight back to my hip when skiing the bumps.
Without poles, and skiing short radius fall line turns, I find I "place" my hands up and forward. This is "good", but it is rather a static "place". The results I have seen is a sense of upper body stillness. That is, without the swing and other action familiar to poling, the body can remain very stationary. Feeling the legs and skis moving to make the angles.
The results? My daughter critiqued me with "Dad, you don't use your poles all the time" when we were out Monday. My pole touch is now very light or not a touch at all, but just a swing.
I still use my pole as a crutch in the bumps.
(I found a rechargeable drill with a two foot pole setting drill bit makes a lousy ski pole
. Ski Skating is better refined without the use of poles. Lift line manouvers have their funny moments.
A great drill is to ski with your poles placed across the backs of your outstretched hands.(Have someone follow you to pick up the poles.
I strongly suggest the "Go Poleless" exercise for everyone!