I understand my attitude problem (well documented from the third grade on) and worse my vexations are not limited to this “forum.” Watch ESPN on anything – say log cutting and after the event the winner explains the technical foundations for his success (type of saw, setting of blades …). Watch a show on skiing and the commentary is what Martina Navratilova’s mother is wearing. And the print media is even more insipid – never reviewed a mountain they did not like, ski reviews where our skiers rate skis as “all mountain” design (WTF does that mean other than the ski is a trade of mediocrity across the spectrum of terrain.)
So I stumble on “Epic …” you/they found me not the other way around .. so I lurk and read a lot of the posts. Amenities aside … they are “virtually” all anecdotal and in MOST case trivial and some are downright wrong (e.g., “Good high performance boots today are not all that different from good high performance boots 25 years ago” OMG.)
So what is the issue – permit me to demonstrate with a peripheral consideration – say, heel lifts (what do they do and should you consider using them). To start lets note that all boots come with a “Zeppa” board – the hard ramped base sitting under the liner that raises the heal of the foot higher than balls of the feet. For what purpose this lift:
Every degree rise “swings/arcs” hips around 1 degree forward. This is especially important for women – why do all the NYC Music Hall Rockettes all wear heal lifts. Better alignment (faster/smoother) with no need to launch movement by raising and opening the hips . Watch Thai Kick Boxers.)
A singular requirement for skiing well is a light body … with hopefully no muscles required to be locked to maintain structure. Any portion of the body behind this stance fall line must be balanced by another part of the body locked in front. With muscles locked, clean transmission of energy is locked (like putting a metal shunt) over a portion of a whip. In addition this staggered skeletal configuration is most commonly evident in a body that is bent forward at the waist – the upper body forward balances the butt protruding back.
A second consideration is dorsal flexion – I have very limited dorsal flexion so my natural (flat footed fall line) drops to the rear of my foot – from this position if I want to pressure the front of ski (moving the ski under me as opposed to moving the body forward) I must flex almost to maximum range to pressure in front of the boot. But if I use a lift I move the entire range forward – and in all athletic movement you want to have the natural rest state of joints in a center of range position. In sum, for me I am more relaxed and quicker with an addition 4 ramp on top of the zeppa board’
Finally, the ramping of the heal lift lets you ski (pressure) the tails with your Center of Gravity still inside the boot – you can preturn better, pop the tails, ski steep bumps – all the province of very good skiers. I could explain why (but if you think about it you can probably see why).
So what to take from this missive: If you can understand Kinesthesics !!! you can develop a more detailed picture (and thus automate) the driving images that (impoverished or rich) different any and all skiers. POSTURE, POSTURE, POSTURE, BALANCE, BALANCE, BALANCE.
My original post (for this thread) was somewhat sharp and dismissive (as so aptly pointed out) by the “let’s save everyone’s feelings” and “who are you to come into this forum of savants with such abrupt rudeness” (again a problem from the third grade on). But alas it is true - And so I posted that rather than spend so much time on which ski is better … aspiring skiers should understand how the fine work (always done at the periphery) is accomplished and the arena for such an examination is the boot. And if you really only want to investigate skis, why not start with an examination of the two major ski design strategies – perhaps as represented be the ever popular K2 Recon and say the K2 Xtreme twin tips.
As for insulting ski instructors … I apologize, pleae forgive me. But I cannot help also note that I know of only two professions that gleefully identify themselves as pros (the girls who walk the street Rue St. Denis and ski instructors). Not to mention both wear their uniforms to town to flirt with potential clients along the streets and in the bars.
With now having pushed back (certainly somewhat caustic) I promise to desist – it is easy merely remove a bookmark. But here or not if you want to become a good skier develop a very good IMAGEABLE understanding of what is involved.
Oh well, the devil made me do it … I am contrite and withdraw (easy, merely remove a bookmark) to work on other areas of opportunity - like trying to improve my understanding and use of English (nuance and spelling).
p.s. as for all the posters wanting to know the best ski for their daughters might I suggest any pink one, hopefully with a sticker “Girls Rock”.