Originally Posted by crgildart
I'm of the opinion that we learn a lot more from watching really excellent skiers than we do from the feedback they provide watching us. It is the not quite born naturals that make the best instructors. People that have had to work vary hard to become pretty good skiers make much better teachers than those to whom the sport comes so naturally.
Let's look at a basketball analogy. Mike Krzyzewski and Phil Jackson weren't stellar players, but Michael Jordan was. What do you think about their coaching abilities? Why?
It was Erich Sailer and Martina Sailer, not Toni Sailer, that ended up coaching golden kids like Lindsey Vaughn.
Just my .02
I can relate to that. Some of the best coachs in sports were never great players, but understood the games they were fond of and more than anything, and here's the key, they were respected as knowing what they were talking about, and people believed in them and respected them enough to follow them right off the bridge if need be. Great motovators.
But, I think skiing is different. If you had the chance to see your instructors ski before you took a lesson, would you not choose the best? I suppose there's always a chance the best skier isn't the best instructors. Some people aren't good people people. But, there are many instructors in this world who shouldn't be giving instructions to anyone. And just because they have the instructor lable here, doesn't meen they are responcible enough or respectable enough to have thousands reading what they are saying.
To me, what I think would bring the most respect to the table here is for the instructors here to show us what they are bringing to the table. I can pick for myself. To date, I've skied with Pierre, Rick, Heluva, Steve, Bud, and a few other who aren't instructors. At least when these guys participate, I can relate them to their words and know in my own mind what I can or can't take from the table.
And for the record, i've never been a big fan of giving diffacult, descriptive terms to simple skiing movements. KISS even in this forum goes a long way for the readers to get anything out of the discussion otherwise, they tune out. Which is what is happening right now. Discussions dominated by a few who aren't even instructors.