EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › General Skiing Discussion › what did you learn, explore or improve upon this yr that made you a better, well rounded skier?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

what did you learn, explore or improve upon this yr that made you a better, well rounded skier? - Page 2

post #31 of 41

Quote:
Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

I learned to get out of my own way.


You've got me curious! How does that work?

post #32 of 41
Quote:
Originally Posted by Metaphor_ View Post


You've got me curious! How does that work?



I'm not sure how it works, but I know that the voices inside my head (make them stop!! doh.gif )tend to get in the way of being a fluid skier.  Its taken a lot of skiing and some extra RAWR to just Send it! 

post #33 of 41

Those voices seldom have anything useful to say.  I used to "talk" while I was skiing.  Haven't in many years and am much better for it.  Some of my trainers really hate my "insect brain" patterned response theory but, to me, a direct action unbuffered by conscious "thought" is faster, more efficient, and more conducive to smooth skiing than trying to analyze movement in real time.
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post





I'm not sure how it works, but I know that the voices inside my head (make them stop!! doh.gif )tend to get in the way of being a fluid skier.  Its taken a lot of skiing and some extra RAWR to just Send it! 



 

post #34 of 41


Sometimes entering a line with some demanding terrain, I will say one word to myself to get my stance solid: "compact" . Not sure what it means, but it's all the internal dialogue I allow myself.  Some years I have had a one word "mantra", (4 years ago it was flashlight); and then it fades and something else comes to mind / (body)biggrin.gif.

 

uote:
Originally Posted by tetonpwdrjunkie View Post

Those voices seldom have anything useful to say.  I used to "talk" while I was skiing.  Haven't in many years and am much better for it.  Some of my trainers really hate my "insect brain" patterned response theory but, to me, a direct action unbuffered by conscious "thought" is faster, more efficient, and more conducive to smooth skiing than trying to analyze movement in real time.
 



 



 

post #35 of 41
Quote:
Originally Posted by tetonpwdrjunkie View Post

Those voices seldom have anything useful to say. I used to "talk" while I was skiing. Haven't in many years and am much better for it. Some of my trainers really hate my "insect brain" patterned response theory but, to me, a direct action unbuffered by conscious "thought" is faster, more efficient, and more conducive to smooth skiing than trying to analyze movement in real time.
Quote:
Quote: Originally Posted by Trekchick I'm not sure how it works, but I know that the voices inside my head (make them stop!! )tend to get in the way of being a fluid skier. Its taken a lot of skiing and some extra RAWR to just Send it!
You are sooooo right! Sometimes, though, I'll get the RAWR to drop into difficult terrain with one Weems-ism..."Just make the GD turn!!!"
Everything after the first turn just comes to me after that, good or not so good.

Oh, and Dave Grogan(ESA coach) helped me to appreciate my "nothing box"
Edited by Trekchick - 4/28/11 at 6:40pm
post #36 of 41

"It's not the voices I hear inside my head that are troublesome.

 

It's the voices I hear inside YOUR head........"

 

 

 

 

I heard that!   ;-)

 

 

 

Skiing starts when thinking stops!

 

That's why we ski.  To shut off the internal dialog...

 

duality is such a PIA

post #37 of 41

This is a somewhat vague response to the OP's question... but for me, I went up to Tahoe 7 straight weekends from the beginning of March through April (thanks to a very cool and understanding wife).  The consistency of going at least once every week led to dramatic improvements in my overall ability and confidence in variable conditions.  I now feel like a legit level 8 skier (whatever that really means) and terrain that used to intimidate me (such as Gunbarrel at Heavenly) I now view as more of a fun challenge.  A huge step for me.

post #38 of 41
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cgrandy View Post

"It's not the voices I hear inside my head that are troublesome.

 

It's the voices I hear inside YOUR head........"

 

 

 

 

I heard that!   ;-)

 

 

 

Skiing starts when thinking stops!

 

That's why we ski.  To shut off the internal dialog...

 

duality is such a PIA



This brings me to the four corners of Weem's Sports Diamond 

Power 

Purpose

Will

Touch

 

After spending much time in the power corner and discovering some skills, I started to over think things.  But then Squatty put me on time out in the touch corner.

 

post #39 of 41

Canoli, we still have a month of skiing left here. (Hope you manage to get out at least a few more times!) That said...

 

In addition to lots of general improvements around being more centered (rather than forward) flexible, steering the skis better and tipping to higher edge angles, I learned to maintain an active inside ski. Previously only my outside ski was active; the inside ski just followed by being glued to the outside ski. (Think either a-frame or super narrow stance) In all honesty, I used to think "who cares?" about keeping the inside ski active. However, since developing an active inside ski, I've recovered from a lot of out of balance situations. And the inside ski now very rarely gets "in the way". Transitions are a lot smoother, pivoting is cleaner and edging is stronger.

 

I also learned that an overly narrow stance blocks your tipping efforts and prevents high edge angles. I never believed it before. (However, I still can't seem to balance on the outside ski in a really wide stance -- the pressure seems to fall more over both skis. yuck.)

 

Also my assessment eye has improved a lot thanks to the level 3 course and some creative coaching. 

 

Next season: further widening my stance and creating a more powerful advanced parallel turn. and hopefully pass the 3. That's the goal anyway.

post #40 of 41

Patience & Feel.

 

We worked on short and medium radius turns, initiating a new turn with the TIP of the new inside ski and finding a nice balanced neutral position at the end of a turn to start the new turn from. DSloan mentioned quiet skis I think this is what I mean by neutral. My mission for the last three years has been to improve my skiing off-piste. I'm comfortable with my progress so far and I'm looking forward to making big changes in my skiing next season.

 

TPJ i like your "insect brain system" i call that just go ski. It takes a lot of practice to get programmed?

 

post #41 of 41

Better alignment (the 5 sames)

 

More patience initiating the turn and through the fall line for a smoother arc, especially on steeps

 

Reduced lead

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: General Skiing Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › General Skiing Discussion › what did you learn, explore or improve upon this yr that made you a better, well rounded skier?