Why this obsession with defining "expert," especially as something objective that could possibly be "bottled" with universal approval? Clearly, skiing is a complex activity, with an enormous range of movements, tactics, conditions, and intents possible. And, except for the tiny minority of skiers who live in gates, there is no score--it's a purely personal, aesthetic activity where one person's nirvana is another's anathema. Skiing is emotion, sensation, beauty, recreation, spirit, as well as technique. To reduce it to a few simple moves is a horrible injustice, and completely misses the point of what the sport is about for many people!
Skiing is freedom. You can't be free--you can't be an expert--if you are locked into a dogmatic "bottled" movement pattern--even if that movement pattern represents one type of "good turn."
"Expert" is a state of mind, and you can define it ANY WAY YOU WANT TO--for yourself. If you want to say "expert skiers make "X" moves, then by your definition, anyone who makes "X" moves is one. Just don't expect anyone else to agree with your definition! I've got my own ideas, my own goals and visions, but there is no reason anyone else should share them.
As far as technique goes, there are extraordinary skiers who specialize in one thing, and do little else well. Call them experts if you choose--or not. There are others who are extremely well-rounded, can do it all with grace and proficiency, show versatility in movements and tactics, and can change tactics, styles, equipment, and movements at will, as the spirit moves them. This versatile skier comes closer to my own vision of the true expert--but no one has to agree, and their skiing certainly can't be "bottled"!
Even racers, with their single, clear, measurable goals, do not practice "a turn." They do skill drills, lots of the them, all kinds. They learn to turn every which way. Because winning races requires it! "A turn" won't do.
Like I said in my previous post, expert skiing (my definition) entails turning when you need or want to turn, braking when you need or want to brake, riding the rails when you want to (I can't think of a time you'd NEED to make a pure-carved turn), and doing the Mambo or the Wedel when you feel like it. Experts can ski with their feet locked together if they want to, or with them far apart. They can make stem christies and wedge christies and carved, skidded, and drifted parallel turns. They can turn on one foot--either one--or both. They can turn their skis with rotation, counter-rotation, a blocking pole plant, rebound-unweighting, down-unweighting, up-unweighting, no unweighting, diverging, converging, and parallel steps, or none. They can ski forward, backwards, and sideways, and can spin in circles--if and when they want. And they use ALL these techniques whenever necessary, and whenever they feel like it.
So no--it would be absurd and arrogant to answer the question "what is an expert?"--or even more so "what does expert technique look like?" with a simple, clear picture of a movement or series of movements. Skiing is not unique here! What is "expert hockey technique"? What is "the move" that defines expert tennis? Soccer? Baseball? Car racing? Chess? Computer gaming? There is none! The measure of success in these sports is much clearer and more objective than that of skiing, yet even these sports defy a simple, bottled answer to the question. You CAN take pictures of experts at all these things. MANY--DIFFERENT--PICTURES.
Like I said, "what is an expert?" is not a clear question, so it cannot have a simple, universally accepted answer. HOWEVER...like I also said, make the question more concrete, more narrow, more objective, and simple answers can be forthcoming!
The "perfect turn" does not an expert make, any more than the "perfect brake." But ask me how to make that perfect turn (defined as I did above as an activity intended to precisely control line--to go where you want to go)--and there are few options to consider. It is (almost) black and white, yes or no, this not that, simple--and a formula that could indeed be "bottled." No one has asked this question yet....
SCSA--when I brought up the distinction between "expert skiing" and "turning," you said you wanted to discuss "expert skiing":
|Okay, how about we lose the word "turns" and boil it down to expert skiing?
I would have gone the other way. If your defintion of "expert skiing" really is the "perfect turn" then your answer will lie in narrowing the discussion to that TURN. What are the "right movements" for (offensive, direction-control) TURNS? Simple.... I'll never agree that the perfect turn alone is sufficient to make an expert, but if that's what you want to discuss, just ask the question!
We don't HAVE to agree on the subjective stuff to discuss ski technique. Many aspects of ski technique, unlike the definition of "expert," are absolutely objective. Set the objective. A movement either accomplishes that objective, or it doesn't. One movement may do it better than another--but only after we define "better"!
There are many great ways to get down a snow-covered mountain on skis, but VERY FEW WAYS TO MAKE A PERFECT TURN!