Originally Posted by therusty
Is there a subtle difference between aggressive skiing and offensive skiing?
Is the opposite of aggressive skiing passive skiing? Is the opposite of aggressive skiing smooth skiing?
All facets of skiing are levels of gradient. Visibility, snow type, slope, mindset and personal skills are all on a gradient. Change one, and we either have the awareness and skills to adapt, or, we are respectfully humbled. Change a couple or more of the variable gradients and we may be faced with an all new challenge. One of the great joys of skiing.
When listening to recorded music on a personal device, we have a volume control. 1 to 10, 1 to 11, you know... So to skiing - assertiveness, aggression, laziness and confidence will all be in there somwhere, although its more like a subtle spectrum and not black and white -
Pick ANY movement or skill in skiing and amplify it by 1. Or, turn it down by 2. Or turn it up by 3 or turn it up by a 1/4..... movements on our skis are generally not "either or".
I empathize with Dchan (another thread) over the agressiveness thing. Yet exploring incremental volume control (up, down, soft, loud, dynamic, imperceptible) of some of the specific suggestions given in this thread in a more controlled slope/snow environment will expand his skills. Then, back to the cement, then onto the ice. And so on. Learning to adapt our volume control in every aspect of our fundamental skills can even lead to an immediate breakthrough. With time, what currently feels like high output (a 10) may eventually, be redefined as a 6, and what we thought was a 1 in our subtlety, we now chuckle at how our definition of precision has a whole new meaning.