OK, Kgbudz--if you're satisfied with the way you ski, then by all means, do not pursue any other ways or any other ideas.
However, from what you've written (for example, "your turning in the moguls, this is defensive," and "turning in the moguls is like defensive driving"), it's clear to me that you consider turning to be something that is only used for defensive purposes. You may not be interested in this at this time, which is fine, but should the time come that you become bored with your skiing, or "plateaued," looking for something new, or just curious, I suggest that there is whole 'nother world of turns out there that you are not even aware of. For anyone who is curious, I'll go on. For you, feel free to change the channel, if you prefer.
Why do you turn your car? Why do you turn when you're riding a motorcycle or a bicycle, or even just walking down the street? Is it always defensive? Really, is it ever
defensive? Do you turn your car to slow down, to control speed, or to "not hit" mailboxes and telephone poles? Or do you turn to GO where you want to GO? Did the chicken cross the road to get away from the side she was on (perhaps, I suppose), or to GO to the other side?
Most skiers--and from your words, I strongly suspect that you fall into this category--do think of ski turns as defensive. They "turn" to control speed. It's the conventional wisdom, isn't it? Indeed, as you suggest, most skiers DON'T turn unless, or until, they feel the need to slow down or control speed. They push off and go straight down the hill, faster and faster, until some little voice whispers (or screams), "that's fast enough...now TURN!" And then they brake.
That's right--they may call it turning, but if the intent is to slow down, it's what it is. Braking is defensive. Most skiers "turn" to "stop going this way." But when they start to think of turning instead to "GO that way," this polar opposite intent (Go vs. Stop) produces--as you would expect--polar opposite movement patterns.
Turning to control direction is offensive. Turning to control speed is defensive (and would be better called "braking"). Most skiers turn to control speed, so they--like you--think of turns as defensive and perhaps boring (and I agree--I think braking is usually boring too). But you can bet that Lindsay Vonn or Bode Miller don't generally turn to slow down. They turn to GO--to the next gate, as fast as they can. Indeed, I submit that the desire to GO as fast as you can (on whatever line you choose) is a prerequisite to all great, offensive turns. That means turning when you want to go FASTER--not when you're going fast enough, much less, "too fast." (And, of course, when you start a new turn by pointing 'em downhill without the brakes on, you will
go faster, so it all works out!)
Good turns are about GO. What is defensive about wanting to go faster all the time, about turning to "GO that way," instead of to "stop going this way"? Great turns are as offensive as you can get--and you've got to be in an offensive state of mind to make them. It is only when you make them for defensive reasons ("to control speed") that they become the boring things that you (and I) despise. Great turns are absolutely NOT about speed control, and they are not at all defensive.
So, where does speed control come from, then, if we don't turn to control speed? "Of course we turn to control speed--everyone knows that," you may be thinking. But I don't!I do not turn to control speed. I turn so that I don't have to control speed!
I turn to control line--to go where I want to go--and I choose a line as much as possible that controls my speed for me. I brake when I have to, or when I'm in the mood--but I don't call it turning, and like you, I don't especially enjoy it. Braking is boring. But try turning sometime!
Consider that even stopping
can involve an offensive state of mind, and "going as fast as you can." If I want to stop, I can do it defensively by braking--or offensively, by GOING uphill (as fast as I can).
So it is that intent to GO that defines offensive technique. To gain speed, point 'em and GO downhill. To lose speed, point 'em and GO uphill. Either way, GO! If you need to brake, brake--that's not what I'm talking about, and it is not turning (no matter what most people call it).
Applying these thoughts to moguls again, you can think of them as little obstacles that can slow you down when you skid into them, or as little hills that you can GO up (as fast as you can). The first thought is defensive, and leads to defensive, skidding, braking speed control ("speed control from friction"). The second is offensive, and allows offensive speed control with constant gliding ("speed control from direction").
Intent dictates technique. Opposite intents (GO faster vs
. Slow Down or Stop) dictate opposite techniques. Offensive turns begin by releasing the edges and guiding the ski tips into the turn, gliding downhill, gaining speed. Defensive "turns" (braking) begin by setting the edge and pushing/twisting the ski tails sideways, out of the turn, into a skid, to control speed. Go vs. Stop. Tip vs
. Tail. Release vs
. Grip. In vs
. Out. Glide vs
. Skid, "Slow (enough) line fast (as you can)" vs
. Fast line with the brakes on.....
"Dont call me an expert here but it seems like these are the same exact thing,"
you said. Do you still think so?
Do you think it's all just semantics, just playing with words? I'll admit that there's no new information in what I've just written. Virtually everyone knows that going uphill will slow them down. But it is amazing to me how few skiers actually ski as if they knew that! Offensive skiing is not a new idea. It requires no new understanding. You already know everything you need to know to do it--and you did before reading this post. For most skiers, it requires a paradigm shift--not a new thought, but a completely different way of thinking.
In the moguls or out, aggressive or timid, fast or slow, beginner, intermediate, or advanced, this paradigm shift will transform a defensive skier's skiing. Of course, like any true paradigm shift, you won't recognize it until you've made it. When you do, it will come, to quote Arlo Guthrie, "like a flash, a vision, burnt across the sky..." a "blinding flash of the obvious."
And in moguls, interestingly, you can control speed with line--even as you go straight down the fall line. Because each bump is a little hill to go up, you do not necessarily need to "complete turns" to go uphill, as you would on a flat groomer. You can ski the zipperline either offensively or defensively--either gliding up, or skidding into bumps to control speed--and you can do it at a variety of speeds, either way.
Finally, it's worth noting that not only are these intents, and the techniques they dictate, opposite,
they are also very much incompatible. The more you skid and brake, the more you sacrifice the ability to change or control direction. To look at an extreme example, a pure hockey stop involves zero direction change (so you cannot use it to complete a turn and go back uphill). With pure braking, you can stop going one way, but you certainly can't go another way! Conversely, a pure-carving ski brakes the least in any given turn. A pure hockey stop is the extreme of "fast line slow," while a pure carved turn back uphill to a stop represents the opposite extreme of "slow line fast." While most "real" turns fall somewhere in between on the spectrum, the fact is that the more you do one thing (carve or brake), the more you sacrifice the other.
Perhaps the greatest advantage of offensive skiing is that it frees your skis and your technique to focus on a single purpose--controlling line, rather than on the mixed message of controlling speed (slow down, or stop going this way) and controlling direction (go that way) at the same time. Only if you control your speed with tactics ("slow line"), can your technique focus purely on controlling line. No wonder so many skiers' techniques are such a hodgepodge of conflicting movements--they're asking their bodies and skis to do two incompatible things at the same time!
Do you turn to slow down? Do you turn to control speed? Do you slow down by braking downhill, or by going uphill as fast as you can? Do you turn to avoid obstacles, ("miss that tree--stop going this way!") or do you turn to go where they aren't. "Don't ski the trees," they say, "ski the spaces between them!" That's good advice that describes offensive skiing in a nutshell. After all, if you try to avoid the trees, you pretty much have to "not hit" every single one of them. If you go where they aren't, you need only find and focus on skiing one clean line.
Do you care? If so, consider these things. I promise, they'll have a profound effect on your skiing. And you just might like it!
What do you have to lose, besides those "boring" turns?