Originally Posted by Ghost
Yes it takes time to adapt, maybe 15 minutes to be good at it. To be as good might take a little longer. It all depends on how well the skills were owned to begin with.
And your proof of this is.....?? It takes 15 minutes to be OK at it (which is to say..NOT expert).
Do you honestly think that any person, regardless of skill can adapt to such a different tool in a short period of time? Even at top levels, carving on straight skis uses different techniques, muscles, and balance than carving on shaped skis. A person doesn't just "magically" pick up these new technical and balance skills just because they have a solid base. You still need to learn the new skills.
One of the hardest things is the balance. The forces acted on us while skiing is very dynamic. The forces that shaped skis create are quite different than the forces that straight skis create (even if you are able to "carve" on straight skis). Balance is something we tend to take for granted. It takes a human baby many months to learn how to balance on 2 feet. And more time to be able to walk and run without falling. It was only recently that we were able to create a robot that can walk on two legs similar to a human...but even with all that advanced technology, it does not even come close to the balance abilities real humans have. You give the robot a nudge and it'll probably fall over.
Think about learning to carve. The idea is simple...tip your skis, let the skis edge do the work. Everyone knows how to tip a ski...so how come so few can properly carve? The act of putting ski on edge is not the hard part. It's because carving creates very dynamic forces that our body needs to deal with...and this takes a long time for the body to learn.
Learning balance on one thing does not automatically lead to balance in something else either. A gymnast has incredible balance in general, but would not be able to just jump on skis and go down the hill with no problem without ever doing it before. Everything we do requires us to use our muscles slightly differently to balance. All this takes time for the body to adapt and make into muscle memory.
Here's another example...I'm an "expert" typist on a QWERTY keyboard. I can sustain almost 90wpm with fairly good accuracy. My fingers have all the necessary skills to be fast on a keyboard. Now if you gave me a dvorak keyboard, there's no way I came even come close to taking advantage of the better layout. The dvorak keyboard makes it easier for people to be able to type english faster. If it's easier..why can't I just switch over and be faster?
Without necessary practice, I would be quite slow on it. Granted, since I have great base skills of typing, I probably could pick it up much faster than the average person.
Even if you switched me to a typewriter, which has same layout as my keyboard, it would take me time to get used to the feel of how the keys respond to my fingers. A person that has experience on a typewriter would be able to type much faster on that typewriter than I would.
I'm talking about simple things like typing....skiing is way more complicated.