I spent last saturday clinicing with Chris Fellows. A clinic centered around, as he summed it up, "basic sking fundamentals". He jokingly said "I'm a fraud, I didn't say anything you folks didn't already know". True enough, though he did present some of it in a fresh but reasuring way. Timeless fundamentals, not new school, old school. No current psia hype. In fact he went out of his way to get across to us focusing on the current hype can be detrimental to the pursuit of good instruction/coaching and skiing if we neglect the other remaining fundamentals.
I'm as suseptable to the new hype as easy as the next person. Maybe it's that we just want to have a way to separate ourselves from the pack. I don't know? We want to be part of what's happening now, we want to have that new word or meaning, the "real inside skiiny", but that really doesn't change the movements that make skiing efficient and funtional. It's timeless and wordless from a physical viewpoint, but full of emotion and meaning. Each of us can very easily put our emotion and meaning out there in front, offered up for all as "the" definition to good skiing. I know I get caught in that trap. It's not bad to offer it up for inspection by others, but to offer it as "the way" can easily halt dialogue.
The horror as I see it, lies down the road where dialoge and discution become become controled by one individual, group and/or viewpoint. What is right or wrong is less important than the ongoing discution of what we feel and mean by our words typed here on these pages. A difference of oppinion is not bad, in fact it's healthy isn't it? How will I ever know if my meanings attached to skiing fit in in the big picture of skiing if I don't throw them out there and weigh them against others meanings? But that doesn't need to mean abandonment either. In the end it needs to make sense, to relate to physics and physiology, to elicit a change of meaning me. I sure as hell don't want this process to stop for me. It's not changing the physics and physiology of skiing, but the evolving of the meanings attached to skiing for better communication for me.
In the end the mountain is my real teacher, and I get schooled all the time, no matter the "refinment" strides I've made lately. And the easier the meanings I attach to these "schoolings" are relatable to others, the more effective a teacher I become. What better way is there to explore this than with discutions with my peers? If you want to diminish the value of dialogue, fine. I for one won't loose any sleep over it. In the end I would say if you turn away from dialogue you only cheat yourself. Or it could be that the topic just doen't interest you, and that's fine too. But if that were true, the topic would simply be ignored.
I can be as cynical as the next person, maybe worse. We all have our internal battles. But I love skiing, I love turning people on to skiing , and helping them improve, and I like talking about something that I've done passionately for 29 years. No appologies here. Peace, Ric.