...decided I posted this in the wrong place, so here it is under the clip it was refering to (first post).
sounds like my ideas were a little misinterpreted. Let's go back to the reason I mentioned dead end moves.
"Holiday, I can't really equate cliff jumping with skiing, it's a speciality which is practiced by a fraction of one percent of skiers and not many of us ski like that, nor can I equate the students we have taught in our classes with World Cup racers" Ott
As dchan said, ott didn't espouse any dead end moves. I just extrapolated that by discounting the highest end of ski technique (not the air), there almost has to be a dead end. This cliff jumping, extreme idea, keeps coming up as well, but I was speaking of the entirety of the clip shown, not the fact he gets some air. Some yahoo going straight off this same cliff in a full face helmet, out of balance to the rear, and rolling down the windows would still be "cliff jumping" but it would not be what I felt this discussion was about. If you look at that clip, and see solid basics, with an emphasis on relaxing to release the old turn, stabilized by a strong upper body and pole plant, and the cm flowing across the skis into the new turn (albeit, 15 feet farther down the hill), then you can equate this to skiing. It is taking the solid basics and putting them to work with more forces to deal with and the stakes a little higher. anyway, sorry for beating the horse. I didn't mean to offend you Ott, I just had trouble with that paragraph.
Anyway, hope I didn't step on my keyboard with this one.