This is a spinoff of the Blending thread around the observation that MichaelA makes in that thread:
When new gear comes about (like shaped skis) people take their old methods and slightly adapt them to use the new gear. But few people with ingrained patterns are likely to 'start over' and figure things out from scratch again. This leaves it to the younger generation just now learning to ski well (and therefore unattached to old ideas) to figure out the new gear from scratch, thus developing new methods specifically optimized for the new gear.
In a way that's happening again right now with wide, pontoon-like skis. Many of the movement patterns I've worked so hard on function really well using standard shaped skis but simply aren't optimal on the latest gear. What I do now isn't 'wrong' or anything - I just need to accept that what I do isn't necessarily 'current' using the latest gear.
Sure, I can make the new gear perform using what I do now - but I can probably optimize my use of that new gear if I'm willing to listen to what the younger generations have already discovered devoid of my own historical biases.
I think this forum is probably the best place to keep up with what's currently being tried and refined. I also think it's great that many long time Pros here are willing to explore new ideas rather than just endlessly defending their own idealized and deeply vested models of how skiing should be done developed long ago based on older gear.
Do we need a new technical model to cover the pontoon type skis that are so popular these days, or do the classic fundamentals still apply?
It's this quote that intrigues me. What are these new movement patterns? I'm dying to know!
Edited by nolo - 7/1/10 at 5:08pm