Tony Crocker wrote:It is obvious to me why Patrick's opinion is what it is. He was race trained, and he has translated the skills to steep, powder, trees, etc. quite easily.
We'll I was sort of kidding when I made that statement.
Dan was talking about great racers, THAT I was not.
Actually my racing career only started when I was an adult and started College (CEGEP in Quebec). I was a freeskiing kid, however running gates did improve my skiing.
Dan DiPiro wrote:Great racers are great skiers. Great tree-skiers are great skiers. Great bumpers are great skiers.
I most admire skiers who surprise me by venturing outside the category into which I tend to put them.
I also race Masters and we have a few racers that we're competitive (ex-national?) Ski jumper (not aerial) and they are better than I am.
I would tend to agree with Dan that anyone great on skis, regardless being Racers, Bumpers, Jumpers and probably Cross-Country skiers would adapt easily. Yeck, there's even a guy that ski ballet who 10 years older than I am and I have a hard time beating him.
However I think that the most important component is mileage. The ski ballet guy did freestyle as a skibum out West and competed that the same time as Wayne Wong.
A lot of my arguments would be similar as what I said in this discussion about kids.
Patrick wrote:HOWEVER, I totally agree with Jim and my friend Lucky on this. Mileage is the number one thing, not lessons or racing. Okay. skills might improve faster in a race program, however the real danger is that the interest and burn-out factor after many years is high.
A race program is great to improve skills, but on the long run I don't necessarily think it's best if they lose interest in skiing as adults.