<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Carving is no longer the realm of the few, it is now the joy of the masses! Hurrah!!! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
So true, and as a result it has changed what we think about, create, and present to the masses who's expectations have changed.
In Warren Witherell's 1972 classic "How The Racers Ski" he stated: "Edge, and Then Turn". Now we would think: DUH!! However maybe it wasn't relative to the masses of that era. Unless you were skiing "way out there" with very skilled, accurate, precise, huge edge angles at high speed to get the old skis to arc (and they would), most skiers would cover zip codes from turn to turn with that approach. So we strove to appropriatly tailor our teaching to our perception of the needs of the masses, and to a certain extent that tailored our thinking and our own skiing (but for the few who explored "way out there").
Some of the expectations and desires of the masses have changed, some have not (safety, fun, freedom). What we explore and discover as valuable to us in our own skiing influences our perceptions of what we can share and teach to others, creating a new vision of what skiing can become in the future. Many (few or most?) people now have the opportunity learn to ski without ever developing the habits I used to win races and pass cert exams with 27 yrs ago. What was good'nuf then wouldn't cut it today.
We always have, and still do, and allways will ski by balancing while edging, pressuring and turning our skis. But I think we have evolved beyond the now unnecessary complexities of days gone by. The movement blends for different tasks have changed, to be simpler and more efficient I think, and I think (hope) they will continue to evolve to the enhancement of everyone's learning and increased enjoyment of our great sport.
Continued learning is the challenge. If it were easy it would be called snowboarding.
(which I also do by the way)
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ April 12, 2002 07:04 PM: Message edited 2 times, by Arcmeister ]</font>