This thread has been busy today!
I'll take full credit for being the bad guy here. I do, however take issue with a couple of comments and then I'm done. I will say that even through the strife and warfare, I have learned a bit... even if I don't agree.
1. I do not think Ski Coach is stupid, nor did I have any intent to make him feel that way. I read his posts and got some great answers from him. I understood where he was coming from full on. I never got a satisfactory answer concerning his statement "Rotary has nothing to do with it." That's what I was challenging. His contention THEN was that femoral rotation was incidental to the edging maneuver. Fine. Mine was that edging can the end result of deliberate rotary in the legs. He uses the front door... I use the side. I also thought I had made exactly clear my use of rotary, but I just had to be wrong so that my cup could be emptied to fill someone else's.
2. If I seem defensive, I can explain EXACTLY why. Every season someone outside PSIA looking in comes up with some percieved short-coming and exploits it... exposes it... and PUBLISHES it. Mostly after completely missing one point or another. Then I have people coming to me and saying "I don't think I should take a lesson cuz I read on the internet/ski mag/intructional video that PSIA is a bunch of jerk-offs and that they don't understand how to use these new skis, or how to teach at all because their certifications are worthless. PSIA doesn't now a cow-pie from apple butter about sh**." Melodramatic? Not. This happens more than you think. It's not only hard to keep business, it's hard to recruit good skiers to be instructors because they think we are a joke, based on some ham-handed comment made by someone who knows nothing about the organization in the first place.
"I don't come to where you work and throw rocks atcha when yer mowin', so shut up!" - Rodney Carrington -
As a high-profile skier on a small mountain (on a big hill I'm barely a blip on the screen), I'm approached as someone who has some information on anything skiing. When these people show, It takes a lot out of me to explain, over and over again, what it is we are working towards with skiing and dammit it's frustrating! I really do apologize for my lapse earlier in the thread, but we couldn't even agree to disagree! It sucks when that happens... for everyone involved.
Anyway. I hope we can get by all this because this really is the best place for info on skiing. I really apologize to those who are combing this thread hoping to understand anything about carving. Who's right? PSIA? Coaches?
The answer is simple... Neither. Both. Pick out what you need and please discard all the crap we've thrown in.
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