<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by SCSA:Bob,
I think eug makes a very good point. Very tough to get an advanced "heel pusher" or "sperm turner" to take lessons - they think they know it all.
But now if 3 instructors came by and dusted those heel pushers and sperm turners, maybe they'd figure out that they don't know it all and sign up for a few lessons.
Here is my point. I have not had the opportunity to see you ski this year. You have said you widened your stance and I believe you. One of the hallmarks of heel pushers and/or sperm turners is a narrow stance. I thought it a bit strange to hear you chastise these folks when in fact you used to ski with an extrmely narrow stance.
Yes my reference to Solvista and A-Basin involved PMTS. One of my criticisms of PMTS is there seeming insistance or reliance on a very narrow stance. Another is any mention of "lifting or lightening". In no way does this translate into me saying your stance is too narrow today or any mention of pivot slips. You did pivot slips well. Had you listened to me you would have heard me suggest they would improve with less leverage on the front of your boot. You did not listen back then and I would argue you can, at times, fall into the catagory of "knowing all" due to your love for the PMTS teaching system. I think your recent experience in Fernie and with Oz has mitigated your tendency.
I took the level II exam with a PMTS "green" cert who has a great deal of difficulty tipping/carving. As I ski with this person I see turns initiated by "lightening" the inside ski and then the foot rotates, the tail conveges and nearly touches the nearby tail and the tip diverges. The lightening of the inside ski merely serves to take the inside ski off any edge and start skidding. It can certainly be argued this is not what PMTS teaches and is merely poor skiing on the part of this instructor. I can't answer that question. I do know this person has a great deal of difficulty putting two skis on edge to initiate a turn.
I also bristled at your continual diatribe concerning skiing being a competition. You can say what you want, however, I think most folks would suggest skiing is recreational for most and a sport for some. I suppose the best analogy would be driving. A trip down the interstate does not equate to Indy.
In short, I hold little hope of you ever realizing that "dusting" someone would ever be a positive. Yes the nature of my relationship with my consulting business exposes me to a variety of great athletes. The majority of these individuals let their athletic prowess shine and avoid a whole lot of "smack talking".
Think of this in analagous terms. Let's pretend for a moment you took up basketball a couple years ago and went to Coach K's camp at Duke for a couple of weeks. You develope ....let's say..... a fairly good three point shot. You're proud of your three point shooting prowess. You're good at the local YMCA or playground. Where would you fit in with the local high school McDonalds All American, or local college player, or member of a college NCAA participant, or professional player. What would you think of a bunch of middle aged hoopsters who ran around saying, they've "got game"?
Lastly, I could not help but smile when you talked about folks claiming to "know it all". Et tu Brutus? This coming from a guy who skis for a year or two and then condemns every person who has taught the wedge for twenty or thirty years.
Now, you call me "passive aggressive". I will suggest you step out of the penumbra of being competitive. We are all a bunch of very silly middle aged guys when it is all boiled down.
As stated, ýou're a great bump skier and I'm sure a wonderful all mountain skier. At age 46, with a knee needing surgery, I doubt I could ever keep pace with you.
Short ski breath? Yes, you cut me right to the core.
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ March 08, 2002 06:35 AM: Message edited 1 time, by Rusty Guy ]</font>