New here. Got back on skis for the first time in 10+ years to take my daughters out for their first couple days of skiiing.... and had a blast. Have a couple questions though, which I'll get to after some background:
I'm strictly a recreational skier. Use to patrol on a small hill. Before that would typically get out 10-25 times/year.
Was taught to ski by my Dad who grew up skiing and patrolling in southern Vt (Bromley, Stratton, Magic). We never talked styles, weren't into racing and didn't regularly watch/follow any sort of competitive skiing. We just skied when we could, which other than the locally accessible "bump" hill, meant we were taking trips during holidays when the hills were packed.
The closest style I can find to how I was taught to ski, and became reasonably proficient in, is wedeln. Looking "cool" was just a side benefit: the real point was to master speed control using tight turns and to be able to get down "any" hill safely, without having to stop and without having to do wide traversals so we could navigate through the crowded hills. At the "big" hills, we spent the vast majority of our time skiing one of the trailsides going back and forth over the ridge where the skied-off snow accumulated. I have great recollections of skiing the trailsides on Magic Mountain --which is about the only place there was snow to be found-- the rest of the trail being heavily iced over.
Going fast meant turning the skis downhill, widening the stance and tucking. Fine on the larger hills, but on the small hills that meant you spent all your time in the liftline or on the lift. So, we'd tend to come down slower. Make jumps (till the patrol wrecked them, doing flat 180s, passing a nerf ball back and forth, trying to make perfect 8's, follow the leader (without leaving another track), jump turns, most turns in 20 feet, etc.
That's what made skiing fun... for us.
So, now I'm a bit lost. I've got my daughters taking lessons from someone who teaches a "modern" technique. In just a couple lessons they've got a pretty good handle on snowplowing and using the lifts. One of them is already starting to pull her skis closer to parallel between turns.
My question is what's next? Where and how do speed control and short tight turns mesh up with the modern carving
technique? Or do they? Maybe that's why all the kids have helmets now?
I've never bought into the idea that the objective of skiing was seeing how many vertical feet you could get in per day... not that there's anything wrong with that :-) But, on a small hill, it's more about skiing different terrain. I'm missing the big picture of how modern techniques facilitate that?
I was taught: shins pressing the front of the boots, hands in front, shoulders perpendicular to the fall line. At this point I'm not sure which things to continue to reinforce and which things will ultimately be counterproductive.
Any suggestions for an old-timer who still enjoys skiing the trailsides?