Originally Posted by ecimmortal
Keep in mind there are a lot more skiing idols these days than just racers. Skiing is so much more diverse now. Why are people so worried about other people's technique? Not everyone apsires to carve trenches all day long.
This the truth^. I get Freeskier magazine, & most of the competitors in there are people I have never heard of. Not being a park guy, I don't pay much attention to the park stuff, but the rest of the magazine is pretty good.
I don't think anyone is ripping on anyone, it can be a little scary when a group of a dozen knee waisters* come ripping down the beginner run carving switch at 40mph on their way to the park though (the same can be said for race kids or snowboarders). BTW, a lot of those kids can carve a trench pretty well, they just need to be going backwards .
If you are all about powder skiing, you are gonna ski on powder skis & do what it takes to develop good powder skills.
If you are all about bumps, you might still be skiing on straight skis.
If you are all about the park, you are gonna be on center mounted twins.
None of the things on this list are gonna leave much time to hone good carving skills. When the skier decides he wants to be well rounded & get the most out of all conditions, they will usually figure out how to improve their all around technique. This improvement may come through mileage & experience, coaching, lessons or from their more experienced peers.
We have some park riders on the ski school staff where I work, they are very easy to coach & usually eager to learn new things once the opportunity is there (I usually have to loan them my poles).
I also help coach the local university ski team (more like a Club for the majority). Last year, close to 1/2 the members had never raced before & most where on twin tips. It was amazing how easy it was to coach them & how motivated they where to learn. My expectations when sizing them up, was that they would be resistant to learning race technique. I was totally wrong, & they have told me that they are all better in the pipe for the experience.
That is all for now,
*Knee Waister - One who's belt line is somewhere around their knees.
Edited by 4ster - 11/15/10 at 12:09pm