After a lot of reflection I have come to the difficult decision to permanently delete The Skier’s Manifesto.
I started The Skier’s Manifesto in May of 2013 with the fervent hope that it would connect with skiers and serve as a catalyst for a diverse, integrated, science-based approach to ski technique and the design of ski equipment. But after 7 years the number of followers of the Skier’s Manifesto is less than 900.
In 2013 I knew that equipment played a significant role in sker performance. But I had no idea of the number of factors that had to be optimized to enable an elite level of skier performance. Nor did I realize how seemingly subtle factors like one tenth of a degree changes in ramp angle (zeppa + delta) could have such a powerful effect on neuromuscular function.
But the most significant factor is that I have found it all but impossible to offer solutions to the myriad of issues that can and do affect skier performance. To do this would take the coordinated effort of a team of professionals.
Finally, the devastating impact on skiing and ski racing of the recent corona virus outbreak in combination with a declining skier market has made it highly unlikely that skiing will ever make significant changes. While there is a wealth of information on the Skier’s Manifesto I have concluded that it serves no worthwhile purpose because there is no practical way to apply it in a sequential, coordinated manner.
Thank you to those who have followed my blog. I tried my best to make a contribution to the knowledge base of skiing. But it is time to move on. I will be permanently deleting the Skier’s Manifesto in the next few days.