The morning after – requiem
I really do not want to get involved in snot fights … and I never came here to pretend I am better than anyone But I have learned I will be better off not posting (at least in the general discussion threads).
But also I do not want to slink away pouting either. So the following.
I came here by accident and lurked for a while (most of the postings nice, and anecdotal, very few declarative sentences and active verbs). But others so intense and focused. The thread on Plug boots and consideration of last width was a pleasure.
Then I came to this thread … that asked what defines an expert (goofy/charged word but very good question). And a very difficult question to offer a technical answer (I mean different slope conditions and speeds require different solutions). But as I thought about it I came to my conclusion that … no matter where and what you ski having within your “quiver” of available tricks the ability to early set and use the outside edge of the inside ski is a really good GATEWAY skill. At one extreme it will certainly/delightfully improve people who ski groomers and on the other hand it is certainly my fall back (really only) strategy when I am steep scary stuff or trying to regain a solid platform when trying to recover from slight misalignment in bumps/anywhere.
I understood and understand it is not the be all and end all. As my favorite poster noted (paraphrase - whatever fits the needs. But, again want to show off (really improve) on vacation groomers or open up really difficult (Rattlesnake at Alta – is that the one with the turn and steep rocks below) having the ability to maintain composure and not go too fast) outside edge uphill ski will really come in handy.
Again, all I wanted to do was try to put a marker (something you can see and measure). The response to my post was immediate and ridiculed – and personal “who are you and your idea(s) merely proof you are “bullshit,” a keyboard expert” and on and on.
This led me (oh so silly me) to start an interchange of trying to explain why I thought outside edge control was a good DOORWAR skill and a necessary skill if you want to improve the base level tools in your “quiver.” Things went from bad to worse “Ok, roughly speaking tai chi, and flatboarding with your weight a bit back in bumps … I think I get the overall approach.”
My feelings got hurt and my immediate reaction was to defend. Again I never came here to substantiate an anonymous claim to superiority, (as noted earlier I live near and ski at Aspen with some just wonderful skiers - when it comes to difficult and steep they ditch me (too slow, too cautious). But I do have strong views and opinions (so very lacking in (dare I say) all of the general discussion threads.
In any case, jumping to chase. All this ended when a really good post came back regarding discussion of a photo of a really good !! skier on a really steep !! descent. His statement that rolling a driving was in fact a better application in this condition than checking stopping on uphill ski.
I thought about this and quickly came back and stated he was correct. Of course rolling and driving is better (absolute requirement for racing) and while really good for steeps as well – but it was scary (and in the photo too scary for me)
But after some (an hour or more) thought I then defendedI my outside edge uphill ski metric and would hide behind the word GATEWAY. This led to the following snippet
“In terms of quality of content, it's kinda curious that someone who's trying to give specific advice in the manner of Woozler hasn't heard of pedal turns before. Peddle turns may be a new phrase, but pedal turns have been around for a while now.
Likewise crouching in the troughs and extending over the crests of bumps is kind of backwards if smooth bump skiing is your goal.”
Again, I am a bumper always trying to faster and smoother in the bumps. The reference to crouching and and extending over the top of the current bump had to do with a special case (the bottom of Temerity where the drop off the current bump to the trough below might be a vertical 10 feet.
I went back through the thread and would support any and all that I said – it may be worse than my inquisitors suggest – I am un repentant. But I will not ever again say something provocative (to be honest my inside edge thread intention). Not worth the responses and brings out the worst in me. I will continue to lurk and post in the really technical and focused threads – like the aforementioned discussion of Plug skis.
BTW I got opinions. For me, plug boots are too hard to get into, too stiff flex (I ski lots of blue line bumps and for me flex is good - I can keep a quiet center and constant contact with the snow as I absorb (avail – isn’t that what the French guy called it) bumps by rising early and floating my knees/boots/skis up as I move over the top). As to “last.” I am 98mm, but I really do not care too much about that … if a really good boot is only a little too small I can have it punched out and if a little too big (with somewhat new cork liners .. ymmm) it does not matter.
Sorry if I ruggled feather, I truly did not start out with that in mind.