Hi Roto--interesting question, and a good one, I think. What has REALLY changed? My answer is that our new skis have given us a few more options--some of them really fun!--but that none of the "old" movement patterns is obsolete, or unimportant. The new skis have allowed more skiers, at lower skill levels, speeds, and athletic abilities, to enjoy the thrill of carved turns and "real" skiing. They've added options. They have NOT changed what's "right."
As Pierre says, they certainly have not changed the way the human body works, the laws of physics, or the way the two relate. But they are better tools for making the connection....
As far as teaching is concerned, teaching is about people, and we'll NEVER entirely figure THEM out, will we? We learn more and more, through experience, and through the research of education, psychology, and so on. We'll continue learning, every day.
The way I look at it, REVOLUTION means "new." It means the end of "old." EVOLUTION means modification, improvement, continuation of the old to a new level. While some people think we've experienced a "revolution" with the new skis, I don't agree. While it's been rapid recently, I still see the changes as evolutionary.
And I think that most of the "revolutionaries" are missing something. Or else they've got a personal agenda (there's marketing potential in portraying something as brand new and different, even if it isn't really so). Some of the evolutionary changes may well have brought about a personal "revelation" for some people--and perhaps caused a revolutionary change in THEIR technique, understanding, teaching, and even enjoyment. Congratulations to them! But one person's revelation may well be someone else's "same old thing--that's what I've been saying all along!"
Just a few rambling thoughts....
It's raining hard here in Summit County, as it was in Vail this afternoon. Perhaps it's getting close to time to call it a season! I had the pleasure of having Weems join me today as a second examiner in the Level 3 Skiing exam at Vail. He's still my guru....
The snow was thick and heavy, once it warmed up. You can still ski to the bottom, thanks to hard work by the grooming team at Vail, but it's getting pretty thin and wet.... Summer's coming!