Originally Posted by NYCJIM
Well I have said it to the point of beating a dead horse, but I'll say it once more and then I'm done. When you watch someone ski, you are watching the RESULT of what they are doing. Any mimicry amounts to miming what you think you're seeing. That's why beginning actors are so bad. They watch somebody perform, THINK they know what they are seeing and then attempt to mimic it. The worst acting ever because they're going through motions. They have no inner technique.
If you want to learn to ski or to get better at skiing it's better to know what the good skiers are DOING. What is their technique? You can't see it from watching. It's happening in split second signals from slight movements from the feet to the ski, slight shifting of weight. You can't see any of this. You can only see the RESULT of the technique.
Why bother getting a coach or a ski instructor? Just go to a mountain and watch others and follow. (Yikes.)
Let me try to paraphrase this one:
The only way you can learn to ski well is to get instruction in the proper technique. If you think that you are getting it by watching others and copying what you see, then you are not getting it properly and you really can't ski well. You need to really know what is happening inside the technique that is invisible and trying to figure it out without instruction is impossible.
Three questions come to mind:
1. How the heck did anyone figure out what the techniques to teach are without watching anyone ski?
2. Now, NYCJM, do you really think that all of these skiers that have replied to this thread saying that they watch others and copy what they see are really bad skiers that don't know what they're doing? If so, you are sadly mistaken.
3. If a skier can watch the result, and then mimic that result without having to listen to someone talk about all of the "split second signals from slight movements" then is that not, really, good skiing?
I don't know diddly about acting, but I've heard plenty of interviews with great actors. Some of them talk about their training in schools, and some have said they learn mostly by watching other actors. As a musician, I've had lots of training and the number one thing that I've been told by every teacher I have ever had since elementary school is to listen to good musicians and copy what I hear.
People learn in different ways.