I accept your challenge!
I have re-read each and every post several times in order to attempt to discern the authors point of view. The responses given, though expressing different points of view, had some very consistent qualities.
First, let me say that I found very positive and agreeable statements in almost every post. These reflected certain biases which are inherent to the nature of each individual and the environment each developed within. I accepted these thoughts at face value, as I was not looking to drill holes in other's belief systems, but rather, to challenge my own!
Second, there was an incredible amount of passion and emotion written into those same posts, regardless of the position taken. This did not really suprise me, having read posts from most of the respondents over the past 9 months.
This brings me to a new perspective about art. Simply- it is the physical expression of emotion, in whatever form it might take. Could science be an art unto itself?
Thirdly, it reaffirmed much of what I was trained to achieve by my mentors. Many of my peers might find it suprising, other might not, that on my coffee table sits a textbook on Conceptual Physics, and a book entitled "The Development of Motor Skills", by John Drowatsky. Both of these books are rather dog-eared, from many hours of pouring through them. And I have been known to borrow physiology textbooks for extended periods of time. In a closet, I have a 4-drawer filing cabinet filled with almost every technical book written about skiing in the past 30 years, along with an incredible number of individual papers and lectures, such as Juris Vagner's unintentional best seller- "Biomechanics of Skiing".
I have never disputed the idea that the more knowledge an instructor has, the more effective he/she can be. And though I am naturally a VERY visual/ kinesthetic individual, I was trained to be analytical about skiing. Without a doubt, the ability to analyze skiing down to it's very minute details has provided me the opportunity to assist others with more accuracy and benefit than if I had no knowledge to support basic skiing skills/ movements.
Someone once said "The mark of a genius is the ability to take something very complex, and make it seem very simple".
This is (hopefully) the goal of every instructor, every time they put on their uniform!
So , in closing- I still believe skiing is an art, to be expressed and interpreted by each skier. But I truly respect and enjoy the science which supports it!
(edit for spelling)[ December 16, 2002, 05:51 AM: Message edited by: vail snopro ]