Originally Posted by L&AirC
Originally Posted by Wags
Wondering if any of the instructors on here have seen the videos on the blog by Bill Thistle (who I think may be a Bear on EpicSki and I believe is a bootfitter by trade). http://skiherenow.blogspot.com/p/chapters-1-to-6_27.html
VERY detailed discussion of biomechanics. Would be curious what other experts on here think?
Wasn't going to answer this at first because your filtered me out with "...other experts on here think?" but that's never stopped me from offering my opinion before.
I like the videos and have communicated this to Ray and Bill. Spent quite a bit of time with Bill on the phone (great guy by the way) discussing the videos and all sorts of ski related things. I like the fact that so much time is spent explaining how/why it works when most instructional ski videos (at least the ones I've seen) make a single statement about it ("...due to modern ski design it is much easier for the recreational skier to carve a turn...") and get straight to clicking into your skis and teaching how to ski. I think many folks, at least the poor soles that think/learn like me, benefit from understanding "how things work". I'm not a real believer in "Trust me. It will work." I lke data backed up by science/math. Preferably science and math that is easy to understand and these videos do that.
I think back to when I was teaching SCUBA diving and we spent a few hours in the class room going over how SCUBA gear works and doing dry land demos. For (I'm guessing) greater than 99% of new skiers, the first class is on snow and they are probably clicked into their skis or within 15 minutes of being clicked into skis.
I'magine getting your first SCUBA lesson floating on the surface of the ocean wearing SCUBA gear and you don't even know how to use it!
Maybe PSIA should look at PADI's teaching model and see how many never evers SCUBA divers return to diving compared to never ever skiers.
Dec 8, 2010
Thanks for providing the link to this blog. Was much impressed by watching "How to teach a carve turn" clip. I agree with L&Air&C that author took so much time in demonstrating and showing us that simple move and how important a ewide stance is. Over the years, many coaches have told me, shouted at me from the lifts "Widen your stance". Maybe a few even tried to explain the reason to me. However, with this "video worth a thousand volumes", I now have the reasoning, impetus and motive to "widen it". The address to this blog is now part of my Firefox Bookmarks. Again, a big thank you from an average skiing stiff (not an expert by any means).
Just a question off thread. Does your natural bent in "getting to the bottom of things" come naturally or from your service with the Corps or both? I know that in the Armed Services, whichever branch, many a time, our service men/women have to make do with what's on hand (e.g. not enough adequate body armour for foot warriors in the early stages of the 2nd Iraqi war). They also have to make use to the fullest potential, equipment, training, material,personnel etc which the government sees fit to provide. Being from the smaller branch, which often gets the short end of the appropriations stick (e.g. during the 1st Iraqi war, Army armoured units went to war in M1 Abrams while Marines still drove the M60 MBT), Over time, Marines have developed this "make do/make full use" spirit to the highest degree. So is this "getting to the bottom of things" just a natural consequence of "making full use"? After reading many of your responses, I've come to respect your judgments/arguments. If I ever go to war (not likely, since I'm almost a grandfather now), I would like share the same foxhole as you.