I was wondering what sort of little “psychological” breakthrough experiences others have had in getting past barriers to skiing well. I had such a moment last weekend.
The barrier had been not skiing with good form with SL skis when in conditions other than groomers/flat hard pack. I had always thought that my Atomic 165 SL race skis don’t do well in bumps and crud, and I typically went into survival mode when in those conditions while on the Atomics. I never challenged this belief until this weekend when I brought my SL skis thinking that the hill I was going to would be groomed. It was anything but groomed on most runs and had mostly bumps, crud, ice balls, some fresh powder, thin spots and variable crust. After the first few turns and realizing that survival mode was imminent, I decided to relax, stick to skiing fundamentals, let the speed go up to “normal” and have fun. To my surprise the skiing that day was a hoot, and the little stiff skis worked well on anything the hill threw at them. Although an all mountain ski would have been better for the conditions, I’m glad that I had the chance to change my perception of what I could do on the SLs.