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post #31 of 35
Ok I'll Bite!!

I used to be the one you talk about. (Wearing Stretch Pant's)

Wool Sweater's in a Norwegian Print! (Usually Snowflakes)

Two Leather boot's one inside another (Not Comfy)

215 Hickory Ski's with Cable Binding's, and a leather safety strap.

Back then you needed to learn the Power Style of turning!

Speed's of 45 or more were required to turn, Anything less of that speed could cause injury.

A Yard Sale usually produced several different injuries at the same time. A windmilling Ski at the Force of Ten usually hit you behind the head reminding you that the last manuever was not a correct one.

I still own a pair of Head Standard's.

I remember when K-2 came out with there Ski's.

I've skied with master's of the sport. And have tried to imitate there style!

I've been known to dance (Ballet sking). One of my master teacher's has taught me how to double pole when initiating a turn.

I use a variety of Ski techniques when I ski today. Power when needed.

I still like to get that Adrenalin rush. When I prefer to let it roll (Cruise)!

I used to do acrobat's 360's, Tip drop's, Daffy's, Front and back Flip's But now not near as much as I used to.

Almost all of my Old teacher's are gone now. I still visit with A few of them and tell them of how wonderful the Snow has been on our old Mountain. There Eye's sparkle as if they were on the hill today.

My Father gave me the gift of sking Year's ago! (Thank's Dad)
42 Year's later I still enjoy the Sport.

Alot of fond memories, alot of good freind's!!!

Find yourself an older gentleman to ski with. You'll never regret The sparkle in his eye's or the little insight's of year's of wisdom, he'll be glad to share with you!

Be Good or Eat Wood!
post #32 of 35
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Thanks, MtPowderhound, you made my day [img]smile.gif[/img]

post #33 of 35
I think Ott has made an interesting observation. The best skiers have learned that smooth flowing turns make it easier to use the terrain and are less tiring. The best skiers are always ready to agressively carve an outside ski through difficult snow conditions and steeper terrain.

I am one of the dancers most of the time. People have said I look like a fish flowing downstream. Since I primarily ski in the East, I dance down the edges of trails seeking the soft snow that is found there. When I ski out West, I tend to ski more aggresive GS lines and save the dancing for glades, powder, and bumps. As far as adrenaline is concerned, I use it to focus on making the first few turns on steeps the best possible so the run is both smooth and aggressively in control.

Unfortunately, I see too many skiers "in the back seat" when they try to dance or "hunched over" when trying to ski aggressively. Watching the wipe-outs makes a chairlift ride entertaining!

Thanks for the entertaining topic.

[ October 26, 2002, 10:55 AM: Message edited by: Gladeator ]
post #34 of 35
One of the better things that Skiing did in their 2003 gear reviews was rate the skis according to what style best suits them- Power or Finesse. For example, the Volkl Explosive was rated 90% power, 10% finesse where the G4 was (I forget) but much nearer 50/50. Rossi Bandits tend to be much more finesse. This is perhaps a much more useful rating than a lot of other things assuming they can define it properly.

Otherwise is carving necessarily in the Power category? Surely one can dance while carving no?
Still, there's nothing like the feeling of a high speed carve. Is it adrenaline? Maybe when you're going too fast and that voice comes on in the back of your mind saying "this maybe wasn't such a good idea...". Gentle, fast carves though aren't really about adrenaline as much as that really good feeling you get.
post #35 of 35
I always thought that the true expert was the one who applied power as needs/desires dictated. As Ott mentioned, it's more about knowing when and where to apply that power.

Yes indeed. The ability to ski powerfully AND gracefully to me earmarks a high-level skier. Of course, my view is heavily influenced by my guru's repeated instruction to me -- use only as much power as your skis are telling you to apply, and be ready to modulate that power.

I like to aspire to the "dancer" role, and believe that I ski that way much of the time. But there's no mistaking the fact that sometimes I get into "power" mode and feel like I need to respond. Usually, that is when the ski is driving me, and I'm not driving the ski.

Doesn't it all distill to the essence of good skiing -- dynamism? :
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