|You cannot have refinement of movement with out movement.
I could not agree more.
What I am on about is the fact that dismissing an exercise out right at the top of the learning pool narrows the depth of the bag of tricks that an instructor can choose from to assist his\her clients. If a new instructor comes through the ranks with nothing but “railroad tracks” & “1000 steps” as “drills” then they will be pretty limited as an all mountain ski instructor. I find the "poles in a box" exercise very "old school" but would never dismiss it outright. I also find the phrase "park and ride" the most abused on the hill and would never use it. It is one of those "superior" turns of phrase that feedback ziltch.
IMH experience the most common answer to the question “What is your ski goal” is “ski all the mountain with confidence”. So lets give em what they want and use every appropriate drill in our "trick bag". Javelin turns may not be as appropriate any more as we no longer use as much hip counter BUT it sure promotes movement and wakes up the skier, especially at the mid to higher end.
Modern short carving skis and the technique required to master them have changed many things in instructing. What still remains the same or IMHO should remain the same is ensuring instructors have a full bag of tricks and think outside the square to assist their clients in achieving their chosen goals.
The feedback from SkiDoc on the railroad track turn mantra is invaluable to forming all encompassing teaching criteria. Likewise an open discussion and intelligent recourse on the pros and cons of particular exercises is also invaluable.
I find "a pair of fatties" attitude very limiting for all. I still have no idea what this means by the way.
Thinking ... always thinking ... not always right of course.